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Die seltsamen Abenteuer des Mr. West im Land der Bolschewiken (1924)
Lew Kuleschow
Russia
77′
Travelled to the Soviet Union with many prejudices, the American businessman Mr. West has to correct his view of the Soviets after several adventures at the end of his journey. Silent movie grotesque that ironically glosses the erroneous opinions of the West about the USSR. A film historical document worth seeing. (Dictionary of International Cinema)
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Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (2011)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkey
151′
Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that "something new and different" will spring up behind every hill, but always unerringly similar, tapering, vanishing or lingering monotonous roads...
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Worlds Apart (2015)
Christopher Papakaliatis
Greece
105′
Set in modern day Greece, "Worlds Apart" is comprised of three separate narratives each following a love story between a foreigner and a Greek. Each story represents a different generation falling in love during a time of socioeconomic turmoil that dominates Southern Europe as a whole,only to connect as a single story in the end. Almost like a triptych work of art where each painting stands alone,yet its true impact lies when viewed as a whole. "Worlds Apart", follows the characters difficult path to love and the complications that their world has. Nevertheless Greece,despite its harsh realities,is still a place where truth,beauty and humanity exist. A place where love can thrive even in the darkest hour. Release places in german speaking Switzerland january 19th 2017 Baden, Kino Orient Basel, Kult.kino Berne, Movie Brugg, Odeon Chur, Apollo Lucerne, Bourbaki Winterthur, Loge Zürich, Capitol Zürich, Houdini Olten, Lichtspiel, january 28 Thun, february 6 Release places in french speaking Switzerland march 1st Delémont Fribourg, Rex Fribourg, Rex: CinéBrunch february 12 Geneva, Cinelux Lausanne, Galeries Vevey Oron-la-ville, march 5
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Greece has proved itself a democracy and, after five years of trial, has classified the fascist party as a criminal organisation. The feature film "Worlds Apart" was made at a time when this party was still acting with impunity as a political force. The popular actor Christopher Papakaliatis tells three love stories with three generations and makes it clear what living in a society it is all about.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
Céline Sciamma
France
121′
On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman. An intense relationship develops between the two.
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What a look back into another era! Bretagne, 1770. Painter Marianne is commissioned to paint a portrait of the noblewoman Héloïse, that refuses to be painted for a wedding portrait. Brilliant how Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant contribute to the subtle double vision of the person being looked at.
With "Birds of Passage" Ciro Guerra (Colombia) thrilled the public in Cannes and was nominated for the Academy Awards. He goes back to the 70s and a Wayúu family who gets caught up in drug trafficking. A breathtaking cinematography with an excellent cast.
What more do we need this year than happiness? The 80-year-old psychiatrist and bestselling author Irvin D. Yalom takes us on an existential journey through the many layers of the human psyche, sharing his insights and providing deep insights into his own soul life.
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
Jiri Menzel
Czech Republic
89′
The young Miloš Hrma, who speaks with misplaced pride of his family of misfits and malingerers, is engaged as a newly trained station guard in a small railway station during the Second World War and the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. He admires himself in his new uniform, and looks forward, like his prematurely-retired railwayman father, to avoiding real work. The sometimes pompous stationmaster is an enthusiastic pigeon-breeder with a kind wife, but is envious of the train dispatcher Hubička's success with women. Miloš holds an as-yet platonic love for the pretty, young conductor Máša. The experienced Hubička presses for details of their relationship and realizes that Miloš is still a virgin. The idyll of the railway station is periodically disturbed by the arrival of the councillor, Zednicek, a Nazi collaborator, who spouts propaganda at the staff without success. At her initiative, Máša spends the night with Miloš, but in his youthful excitability he ejaculates prematurely before achieving penetration and then is unable to perform sexually; and the next day, despairing, he attempts suicide. He is saved, and a young doctor explains to him that ejaculatio praecox is normal at Miloš's age. The doctor recommends Miloš to "think of something else" (at which point Miloš volunteers an interest in football), and to seek the assistance of an experienced woman. During the nightshift, Hubička flirts with the young telegraphist, Zdenička, and imprints her thighs and buttocks with the office's rubber stamps. Her mother sees the stamps and complains to Hubička's superiors, and the ensuing scandal helps to frustrate the stationmaster's ambition of being promoted to inspector. The Germans and their collaborators are on edge, since their trains are being attacked by the partisans. A glamorous Resistance agent (a circus artist in peacetime), code-named Viktoria Freie, delivers a time bomb to Hubička for use in blowing up a large ammunition train. At Hubička's request, the "experienced" Viktoria also helps Miloš to resolve his sexual problem. The next day, at the crucial moment when the ammunition train is approaching, Hubička is caught up in a farcical disciplinary hearing, overseen by Zednicek, over his rubber stamping of Zdenička's backside. In Hubička's place, Miloš, liberated by his experience with Viktoria from his former passivity, takes the time bomb and drops it from a semaphore gantry, that extends transversely above the tracks, onto the train. A machine-gunner on the train, spotting Miloš, sprays him with bullets, and his body falls onto the train. With the Nazi collaborator Zednicek, winding up the disciplinary hearing, dismissing the Czech people as "nothing but laughing hyenas" (a phrase actually employed by the senior Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich, the implicit retort to his jibe comes in the form of a huge series of explosions that destroys the train. Now Hubička and the other railwaymen are indeed laughing - to express their joy at the blow to the Nazi occupiers - and it is left to a wistful Máša to pick up Miloš's uniform cap, hurled across the station by the power of the blast. (wp)
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Jiří Menzel died on september 5th in Prague at the age of 82. He embodied the Czech Nouvelle Vague like no one else. Among the six comedies that we offer together with a loving portrait on filmingo is his Oscar-winning film, in which he tells the story of young Hrma, who learns about the life of a station attendant and encounters women in his shy way in a sleepy spot.
What is beeing happy in life? Fernando Pérez has sent three characters in Cuba to search their happiness. His film made Swiss climber Daniel Anker so happy that he named a new route on the north face of the Eiger in 1999 after the film and shot our Bonus in the Eiger.
Why not relax with a comedy that lets us swing between reality and fantasy? Here the emergence of a popular soap and there life with its pitfalls. Finally it's amusing to see how the one influences the other - even the everyday life of love.
The military in Mali, trained by the Northwest, overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. It is unclear where the journey will lead. In his feature film TIMBUKTU, Abderrahmane Sissako poetically described the state of the country. The perpetrators in his film come from everywhere and do not speak a common language. As little as they understand each other, they know about their rules.
La muerte de un burocrata (1966)
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Cuba
84′
The story begins with the death of a model worker, who is buried with his labor card as a badge of honor. However, his widow is told she needs that card to claim the benefits she is entitled. The story then takes several surreal turns, as the family of the dead man try to recover the precious card from the grave.
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Bureaucracy is one of the timeless phenomena of human coexistence, and one of the most entertaining stories of bureaucratic self-running is a comedy from Cuba in which an exemplary worker is buried as a hero along with his workers card. When his widow applies for the pension, she has to present her husband's card. What can she do? An timeless comedy about the difficult logic of bureaucracy.
Capharnaüm (2018)
Nadine Labaki
Lebanon
126′
In Lebanon, many parents can simply not afford to have their children officially registered. As a result, these undocumented kids do not exist in the eyes of the state and have no rights. That is the fate of young Zain. But Zain is a fighter: even at his young age, he is already supporting his family with various odd jobs. When Zain's parents plan to marry off his eleven-year-old sister Sahar, Zain does everything in his power to stop them.
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Beirut. Thousands protest against a government that has led the country to the brink of collapse. This will not just be revealed with the devastating explosion. The Lebanese Nadine Labaki tells the story of Zain, who has to fight his way through life as a 12-year-old and finally goes to court to accuse his parents. Why? «They gave birth to me.» - Jury award at Cannes.
New York before, a colourful story in black and white, taken from the middle of everyday life. The fast, funny and always surprising film by Noah Baumbach is like the life of its main character Frances (Greta Gerwig): constantly in flux and full of surprising twists and turns.
Early August, time for bonfires and the Locarno Film Festival. The latter cannot really take place this year - still we are offering you a selection of 50 films that have been shown there, including Fredi Murer's masterly feature film "Höhenfeuer", which won the golden Leopard 35 years ago and has topped all the top lists of Swiss film for years. Still and always again worth seeing.
Ramen Shop (2018)
Eric Khoo
Singapore
90′
Masato, a young ramen chef, leaves his hometown in Japan to embark on a culinary journey to Singapore to find out the truth about his past. He uncovers a lot more than family secrets and delicious recipes.
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This week we invite you on a culinary trip to Singapore, where the young chef Masato shows us in RAMEN SHOP: a lovingly cooked soup is more than the sum of its ingredients.
Christian Petzold's new film UNDINE just startedt in the cinemas. In 2012 he invited us with his film BARBARA, played by the great Nina Hoss, to have a look back at the divided Germany and won the Best director's award at the Berlinale. Take a look back with us.
Fukushima - No Man's Zone (2012)
Toshi Fujiwara
Japan
105′
A man wanders through the 20-kilometre exclusion zone around the stricken nuclear reactors at Fukushima. The cherry trees are in bloom and the natural surroundings make an idyllic impression. Radiation is invisible, yet a gaping emptiness looms where the tsunami engulfed streets and houses. The man is wearing normal clothing, just like the people still toughing it out here, for the time being at least. He occa- sionally encounters white "ghosts" in protective clothing, performing strange tasks. As in Tarkovsky’s STALKER, the zone in Fujiwara Toshi’s NO MAN’S ZONE is both a place and a mental state. A gradual disintegration began long before the destruction and devastation, a process defied for the most part by the old people our "Stalker" encounters. A voice accom- panies the filmmaker’s wanderings, that of Armenian-Canadian actress Arsinée Khanjian, a voice from a place of exile, unfamiliar and sympathetic. NO MAN’S ZONE is a complex reflection on the relationship between images and fears, on being addicted to the apocalypse, on the ravaged relationship between man and nature. For the zone to be decontam- inated and returned to the people, nature itself will have to undergo an amputation.
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"Today perhaps we have become simply addicted to all images of destruction." - By this sentence the off-voice introduces the film FUKUSHIMA - NO MAN'S ZONE, which analyzes the addiction to images of destruction and the relationship between human and nature. Fukushima, another Memorial to the madness of the destruction of nature by atomic energy. Our weekly tip stands for more environmental protection.
A Separation (2011)
Asghar Farhadi
Iran
123′
Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. She has already made all the necessary arrangements. Nader, however, is having second thoughts. He is worried about leaving behind his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. For this reason he decides to call off the trip altogether. As a result of Nader’s decision, Simin decides to sue for divorce at the family court. When her request is rejected, however, she refuses to live with Nader, moving instead into her parents’ home. Termeh decides to stay with her father, hoping that her mother will soon come back to live with them.Nader finds it difficult to cope with the new situation - not least because it turns out to be so time-consuming. And so he hires a young woman named Razieh to look after his father. This young woman is pregnant and has accepted the job without her husband’s knowledge. One day, Nader arrives home to find that not only has his father been left alone, he has also been tied to a table! When Razieh returns, a blazing row ensues, the tragic consequences of which not only shatter Nader’s life, but also the image his daughter Termeh has of her father.
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What we like to call truth is based on our perception, which is characterized by our own history and imperfection. Asghar Farhadi, with his gripping family drama, shows us this so brilliantly that we feel like we are ourselves in the middle of it all and have to revise what we have just perceived as true. Golden and Silver Bears in Berlin, Oscar in LA.
On June 20th is World Refugee Day. On this occasion we would like to recommend to you the film HOPE. A drastic and realistic drama about love and being on the run.
Herencia (2001)
Paula Hernández
Argentina
92′
Peter travels from Germany to Buenos Aires to find the woman he fell head over heels in love with some time ago and who wants to live with. But he doesn't know much more about her than her name, an address that is no longer true, and the memory of enchanting moments. He meets Olinda, who runs a local restaurant and was herself stranded in Argentina half a century ago in search of her great love.
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HERENCIA, a film from Argentina that gently revolves around human relationships and the fact that there are different forms of families and places called home, where you can be yourself. Olinda was brought by love from Italy to Buenos Aires. She has been running a small restaurant for years and continues to cook Italian food. A film also for the culinary lovers among you!
A change of perspective can never hurt. In GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING, Corinna Belz lets us participate in the famous artist's creative process: designing, thinking, and rejecting. A film also about seeing itself.
Von der Rolle (2019)
Verena Endtner
Switzerland
88′
What happens when fathers do more family work than mothers? An overview of families where traditional roles have been reversed. The director's experiences with children are reflected in the film in the form of short animations.
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This week we show you some strong men. In the documentary VON DER ROLLE, 3 Swiss families are shown, in which the father takes care of the children, while the mother follows her career. The film manages to question the traditional role model in a humorous way. All the best for Father's Day!
Dersu Uzala (1975)
Akira Kurosawa
Japan
136′
A military explorer meets and befriends a Goldi man in Russia’s unmapped forests. A deep and abiding bond evolves between the two men, one civilized in the usual sense, the other at home in the glacial Siberian woods. The film won the 1976 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the Golden Prize and the Prix FIPRESCI at the 9th Moscow International Film Festival and a number of other awards.
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Green is the colour of our time, the color of hope and sustainability. We suggest a trip to the taiga in one of the most beautiful films about nature. It is based on the true encounter of a surveyor with the nomad DERSU UZALA. Kurosawa made it in realizing, "that man has forgotten that he is a part of nature."
Félicité (2017)
Alain Gomis
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa)
124′
Félicité is a proud and independent woman who works as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. Whenever she goes on stage, she appears to leave the world and her everyday worries behind. Her audiences are quickly infected by the rhythm of her music and her powerful, melancholy melodies. But then one day Félicité’s son has a terrible accident. Whilst he is in hospital she desperately tries to raise the money needed for his operation. A breathless tour through the impoverished streets and the wealthier districts of the Congolese capital ensues. One of the bar’s regulars is a man named Tabu who has been known to get carried away in every sense of the term. Tabu offers to help Félicité. Reluctantly, she accepts. After his spell in hospital, Félicité’s son has a hard time picking up his old life, but it is lady’s man Tabu of all people who manages to coax him out of his shell. Félicité’s sparsely furnished flat with its permanently defunct fridge becomes a mini utopia in a country that holds no hope for most of its population. The trio forms an eccentric community thrown together by fate, each of whom is free to go their separate ways together.
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FÉLICITÉ is her name. She is fighting for dignity and recognition in West Africa and for her sick son. The film is fullfilled by pure authenticity of this strong woman, her motherly love and her passion for music. Just the right thing for our strong mothers on Mother's Day.
On the Path (2010)
Jasmila Zbanic
Bosnia and Herzegovina
100′
Luna and Amar are a couple. Their relationship is under great strain. First of all, Amar loses his job for being drunk at work. Luna is very worried and has little hope of realising her fragile dream of having a child with Amar. But her fears for their future increase when Amar takes on a well-paid job in a Muslim community hours away from where they live.Only after quite some time has elapsed during which they have had no contact with each other, is Luna allowed to visit Amar in this community of conservative Wahhabis in its idyllic lakeside location. She notices that the men and veiled women live in strict segregation and are closely watched. Luna asks Amar to return home with her but Amar insists that life in this isolated community of faithful followers has brought him peace and also keeps him from drinking. When he returns home a few weeks later, Luna realises that Amar’s attitude to religion has fundamentally changed. Amar claims that his only interest is to become a better person, but Luna finds it extremely difficult to follow his line of thinking. She begins to question everything that she has believed in, even her desire to have a child. As the wounds of a tragic war-filled past continue to haunt her, Luna tears herself apart searching if love is truly enough to keep her and Amar together on the path to a lifetime of happiness.
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The filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic manages to make the past visible just by narrating the present of two characters. ON THE PATH is about the scars, war can leave behind and about the love trying to heal the wounds.
Markus Raetz (2007)
Iwan Schumacher
Switzerland
75′
The Swiss artist Markus Raetz is an established figure in the international art world. For the film by Iwan Schumacher, the artist from Bern is for the first time giving a camera team an insight into his 40 years of work.
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Last week the painter, sculptor and photographer Markus Raetz passed at the age of 78. The swiss artist was an established figure in the international art world. For the film by Iwan Schumacher, he first allowed an insight into his 40 years of work. We have for you the cinematic portrait in the full cinema version.
Death is a taboo and yet what is guaranteed to catch everyone at some point. In STILL WALKING Kore-eda observes the existence of human being from different sides and the perspective of its end. The sensation of the movie lives inbetween the shades. It is probably the most personal work of the japanese filmmaker.
Hustle, nervousness, impatience and irritability: these are foreign words in the spot where Raghus' family lives. Despite the missing son, PIRAVI counters stress with calm and slowness. Something we can all use in these times. - We wish you a happy and relaxing Easter.
Stray Dog (1949)
Akira Kurosawa
Japan
122′
He is still young, the actor who should become known around the world with masterpieces like "Rashomon" or "The Seven Samurai". Here, Akira Kurosawa has created a thriller against the background of the recent and completely unprocessed Japanese war past, of which many of the characters, whether woman or man, talk. "Stray Dog" plays during the sultry hot summer in Tokyo in 1949. The young and completely inexperienced inspector Murakami (Toshiro Mifune) gets his loaded service weapon stolen from his jacket pocket in an overcrowded bus. Murakami is beside himself. He fears the worst consequences for his still young career. Together with his older colleague Sato from the theft department, he sets out on a search for traces of the thief. While we roam about the Japanese post-war setting with him, he gains experiences and learns to keep calm from the old and experienced colleague Sato. Women who are involved in what is going on are also snarling at him as a greenhorn. An impressive milieu study by Akira Kurosawa, in which the master proves himself in the genre film and shows us what he is capable of in narrative, atmospheric and visual terms. Walter Ruggle
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On April 1st Toshiro Mifune would celebrate his 100th birthday. He was the star of Akira Kurosawa, who himself would have turned 110 on March 23. Let's celebrate, enjoy our beautiful selection of films from the magnificent duo and start with this dazzling thriller in the style of Film Noir, with the young Mifune as an inexperienced cop.
Chevalier (2015)
Athina Rachel Tsangari
Greece
105′
In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared, measured and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals, but at the end of the voyage, when the game is over, the winner will wear the victorious signet ring: the "Chevalier".
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First days of spring have arrived. For some cheerfulness and ease we recommend CHEVALIER, a Greek comedy in which six men compete on a yacht excursion. A character study. Absurdly funny.
Moving documentation that raises the essential questions of travel: How do we travel, where and why? Answers can be found through very different perspectives, which the Dutch director Veldhuizen knows to uncover in BANANA PANCAKES AND THE LONELY PLANET.
This week is International Women's Day. That is why we recommend a strong women's history with LA YUMA. Yuma fights for more perspective in her life and literally boxes herself upwards.
Bal - honey (2010)
Semih Kaplanoglu
Turkey
100′
Six-year-old Yusuf has just begun attending primary school where he is learning how to read and write. His father, Yakup, is a beekeeper. He goes about his trade deep inside the woods where he hangs up his bee hives in the treetops of the highest trees. The mountain forest is a place of deep mystery to Yusuf and he derives great pleasure from accompanying his father there. One morning Yusuf tells his father about a dream he had the night before. Yakup turns on him curtly telling him never to share his dreams with others. The same day, Yusuf is asked to read out a text in front of the class. He suddenly begins to stutter and he is laughed at by the rest of the class. One day the bees suddenly disappear, throwing into question the family’s means of earning a living. Yakup decides to set off for the remote mountains. But no sooner has he left, than Yusuf stops speaking. His mother Zehra, who works on a tea plantation, suffers a great deal on ac count of her son’s sudden loss of speech, but is unable to persuade him to speak. The days pass - and still Yakup does not return. Mother and son begin to worry. Yusuf goes to his grandmother’s place in a neighbouring village where he spends the magical night during which the prophet’s arrival is celebrated. When he hears the story of the prophet he is convinced that his father, with whom he identifies the holy man, will come home again. Yusuf and his mother set off on a fruitless search for signs of his father’s whereabouts after which Yusuf decides to continue the search for his father on his own. His is a journey into the unknown. Will the dream he had be - come reality?
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We are reminiscing about the Berlinale: "BAL (honey)" won the Golden Bear in 2010. A childish and poetic view of nature and the need to take care of it.
Hope is the last to die. The director Rafi Pitts describes the helplessness in his homeland, Iran, in a symbolically strong story.
Un amor (2012)
Paula Hernández
Argentina
100′
Does love at first sight exist? This may certainly be the case, but sometimes you need time to be sure of this love. This film describes such a story about getting to know somebody and falling in love as a teenager, and about meeting again many years later. It begins in the 70s, in the summer in a small town by the river. Bruno and Lalo are teenagers and good friends. They hang around together in the heat, until one rainy day Lisa turns up, a beautiful young woman who capriciously and quick-wittedly turns the heads of both boys - and then decides on one of them. Three decades later she is back again and finds the friends from her youth living in differing situations. "I am single now", she says, but I can't get the picture of the three of us out of my head. No, she is certainly no longer the same Lisa for both men as she was back then. The pictures and memories that one had of one another, are these still any use in the present? What was it like back then, this love? What did we want, what happened to us? They ponder these questions in front of the camera, giving voice to their memories. How does a love story and history fit together? Can you carry on where you left off three decades ago? These and other questions are pondered by this film about making friends and falling in love as a teenager, and of meeting again many years later. The wonderfully easy-going triangle of their adolescence can probably not be revived. But what about unique and true love from back then? Paula Hernández’ film is also an experiment about how feelings are linked to the spirit of the time the ups and downs of life, in which light, air and sun play a not insignificant role. An intensive, thoughtful, atmospherically very emotionally intoned film about love and about time, which gives this love a new dimension.
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