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Swiss Cinema
According to the statistics, the
Helvetic Confederation, has less
than 9 million inhabitants; its
anual film production is above 100
productions and divided into three
languages (hence, in diverse cultural
and experiential forms) which are the
German, French and Italian.
This linguistic diversity would suppose that
its production tends to fragmentation. In spite
of these characteristics Swiss cinematography
is, since decades, an economic-recovery and
international-projection model.
Part of its success is due to one of their
best policies: the search and centralization of
Practically there is no film project which does
not go beyond borders; the exploring spirit incited
by the Alpine walks has resulted in a big number
of filmmakers who find their stories outside of the
idyllic landscapes.
A third source of inflow for their production
is conformed by migrant filmmakers who find
a new home in the Helvetic Confederation. The
singularity of an industry whose central decision
is the language in which the shooting will occur,
is perhaps the best example of what European
cinema can be.
Swiss cinema as a laboratoy, can best be
thought in the intersection between the micro
production phenomenon and the diversity
contrast. A space destined for test, rehearsal and
repetition. A prejudiced gaze will find numerous
examples of a very local production whose main
destiny is television and is prodigal in clichés:
neurotic Italians, French who prove the futility of
sentimental experience and Germans of tender
Once that layer has been overcome, a surprising
auteur's work begins. Its roots are based on the
remarkable careers of Alain Tanner and Ursula
Meier. Their works are the counterpart of that
cinematography with characters who are in
search, the use of alternative settings and the
creation of less conventional aesthetics.
In this selection the documentaries stand out,
none was filmed in Switzerland: they are visions
of Cuba, Mexico, The North Pole, and The United
States. Portraits of isolation and lost love, and
it goes from the material crisis of the objects
to the thinnin of the snow layer; to racism and
Among the diverse activities with Swiss
participation, a Coproduction Forum will be held.
This will be one of the most important spaces of
this festival's edition.
This selection would not have been possible
without the generous support of Swiss Films.
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