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Films From Switzerland

50% Absolut is the story of a couple walking home from a night at a pub. She is scared of heights and wants to be accompanied over the high bridge. He is in love with her and wants everything, and he wants it now. This smart black comedy manages to be a farce about fear and desire as well as a ... Read more
In the Canton of Grisons in Switzerland, in an age-old Spring rite, the village boys chase away winter with bells, rattles and cracking whips. ... First Prize for the Best Youth Film, Bruxelles Tourist Festival. ... Read more
Oil drives the world economy. It is responsible for countless products in our every day lives, is the basis on most industry and transport, and it is running out - perhaps sooner than we might imagine. And when it does, not being able to put petrol in our cars will be the least of our problems. ... Read more
Take a thousand-and-one images and double them, layer them one over the other, add ani­mation, pixillation, shock and tenderness. Refer to red. Analyze the subliminal and sub­limely forget the analysis. Refer to red. Add a sound for each image, and.mix well. A herd lost in the red wood. Or ... Read more
Continuous disintegration of the content leads back to the medium— the line. Experiencing the medium as a medium helps to find the way from the surface to the message (other lines, pictures or words) in a more conscious manner. ... Read more
This controversial film depicts a torrid relationship between two lovers who meet through an advertisement in a porn magazine, intent on sharing a fantasy. Featuring interviews with 'her' and 'him', the film shifts from present-day to flashback as it uncovers a love affair that evolves out of a ... Read more
A fable on the futility of progress for its own sake. Is the grass any greener for the helmeted astronaut than for the naked ape? ... Read more
The film depicts three traditional ways of life in West-Africa, each intimately linked to the demands of its physical environment (desert, savannah, and rain forest). It also concerns itself with the destructive impact of contact with the west (the city). In so doing, it questions widely-held ... Read more
Butoh is confronting, sexual and serene Japanese dance. This film documents a selection of stunning performances from one of its best exponents, Carlotta Ikeda. Butoh is unlike any other form of dance tearing at the flesh of social constructs and laying bare the primal and spiritual bones of us ... Read more
"A lively and somewhat self-effacing portrait of an artist whose work is anything but forgettable." – Hollywood Reporter ... Award-winning filmmaker Marcel Ophüls returns after 18 years with an irreverent, charming journey through a life lived in film – from growing up as ... Read more
Air pollution, a world wide problem, is examined on five continents. The sources of the contamination are pinpointed: domestic heating, traffic and industrial waste, and possible ways of solving the problem are explored. ... Gold Plaque, Chicago. Gold Medal, ... Venice. ... Read more
The artist, Giacometti, shows his portraits, still lifes, and landscapes in his studio at Montparnasse. He then displays his sculptures — surrealist, geometric and realistic — at his studio in the Swiss mountains, and finally, discusses the problems of art. ... Read more
Alice sits in her room surrounded by toys and reads Lewis Carroll's story, which transports her, too, into a Wonderland ... Jan Svankmajer, the Czech master of animation, has fulfilled a lifetime ambition in this personal interpretation of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' Svankmajer's Alice ... Read more
Echoing the work of filmmakers such as Herzog (especially Kasper Hauser), Bunuel, Flaherty and Vincent Ward's Vigil, Alpine Fire takes place entirely on the high slopes of a mountain in the Swiss Alps and centres on the lives of a close-knit family, whose only neighbours are the wife's parents who ... Read more
Will man's ambition to colonise other planets lead to peace and happiness? ... Read more
Flying in the face of popular clichés of a Shangri-la-like Tibet is the errant monk, Gendun Choephel. In 1934, Choephel rejected his monastic life in search of new lands and challenges where he formed a conviction about the importance of Tibet's engagement with the world and modernity. An outsider ... Read more
The delightful tale of a butcher, a baker, a hunter, a dog, a cat, an apple pie and a series of misunderstandings. Simple animation and wicked humour make this a gem. ... ---D/S Isabelle Favez P Ruedi Schick, Swiss Effects WS Swiss Effects L no dialogue TD 35mm/col/2006/10mins ... Read more
"Filmed largely in the south-western Indian state of Kerala, Pan Nalin's (director of MIFF 2002's Most Popular film Samsara) film offers glimpses of several different practitioners of traditional holistic medicine at work. They display a dizzying variety of methods, related only by their assumption ... Read more
A fetishistic, slyly humorous history of one of America's great war machines, the B-52 bomber. Director Harmut Bitomsky is as fascinated by this gargantuan jet's place in the global power structure as he is by the sensuous curves of wings and fuselage. ... Bitomsky pieces together a complete ... Read more
All the women he gets to know finally drop out of his life. For the rest of his life. For the rest of his days, he is haunted by the image of Beatrice. ... Read more
Anyone who cares about cinema will relish Berlin-Cinema (Titre Provisoire). Ambitious and illuminating, this documentary focuses on two of cinema's great masters—Wim Wenders and Jean-Luc Godard—in exploring the city of Berlin. Described in poetic images, Berlin is slowly revealed ... Read more
Joseph Paul Jemigan was executed eight years ago but anyone with a modem can view his body today. While still warm, Jemigan was handed over to Texan scientists, who froze his corpse and sawed him into millimetre thick slices to be used for anatomical studies worldwide. ... Jernigan was on a ... Read more
A white woman puts her plate of cutlets and chips on the table, goes back for the mineral water, comes back to the table, and finds a stranger, a black woman, sitting there The white woman feels robbed and demands her property back. ... Read more
More music wrapped In images. ... Read more
The small town of Bulle provides a backdrop to this poignant postcard from contemporary Switzerland. The silent gaze of Turkish immi­grants in limbo, fires lit in protest at the Swiss nuclear industry and controversy over issues of neutrality in isolation from the European Community, all betray ... Read more
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