Swiss films on Locarno line-up

Article published on Aug. 5, 2008
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Article published on Aug. 5, 2008
Along with Lionel Baier’s Un autre homme (“Another Man”) in international competition and Fernand Melgar’s La forteresse (“The Fortress”) in the Filmmakers of the Present section, numerous Swiss titles are on the line-up for the 61st Locarno Film Festival (August 6-16).

The Piazza Grande will screen the international premiere of Denis Rabaglia’s Marcello, Marcello (to be shown on Tuesday, August 12 at the Swiss Cinema Day) and German director Philipp Stölzl’s North Face, which was co-produced by Zurich-based Triluna Film.

Jacqueline Veuve’s Un petit coin de paradis (“A Little Corner of Paradise”) and Dominique de Rivaz’s Luftbusiness have been selected for the Here & Elsewhere section. Meanwhile, Danilo Catti’s Giù le mani (“Get Your Hands Off Me”) will have a special out-of-competition screening in the Filmmakers of the Present section.

Fanny Bräuning’s No More Smoke Signals will open the 19th Critics’ Week, in which viewers will be able to discover another German-language documentary: Erich Schmid’s Bill - Un regard absolu (“Bill: An Absolute Gaze”).

Moreover, four narrative features and six documentaries that have made their mark on Swiss film this year will be shown in the Appellations Suisse (“Made in Switzerland”) section. These include Bird’s Nest - Herzog & de Meuron in China by Christoph Schaub and Michael Schindhelm; Micha Lewinsky’s The Friend (Quartz for Best Feature and Best Emerging Actor at the 2008 Swiss Film Awards); Michael Finger’s Bersten, Silvio Soldini’s Days and Clouds, Kevin Merz’s Glorious Exit, Rolando Colla’s The Other Half, The Mother by Antoine Cattin and Pavel Kostomarov, Gaël Métroz’s Nomad’s Land - Sur les traces de Nicolas Bouvier (“Nomad’s Land: Retracing the Journey of Nicolas Bouvier”), Juan José Lozano’s Témoin indésirable (“Undesirable Witness”) and Yves Scagliola’s The Beast Within.

Finally, Switzerland will also be represented at Locarno by two restored features, around 30 shorts, five experimental films – including two by Vaud-born video artist Emmanuelle Antille – as well as two works by jury members Dani Levy (I’m the Father) and Fulvio Bernasconi (Out of Bounds).

Mathieu Loewer