E Nachtlang Füürland

A Journey in the Festival’s History

Switzerland  ·  1981  ·  DCP 2K  ·  Color  ·  96'  ·  o.v. Swiss German

Chosen by Michael Koch.
On Demand

5-15 | 8 | 2020  ·  Sub. English

Disponibile in Svizzera – Available in Switzerland

On Demand

5-15 | 8 | 2020

Available on MUBI for the international audience: film availability varies depending on your location


Tuesday 11 | 8 | 2020, 20:30  ·  PalaVideo  ·  Sub. English


Wednesday 12 | 8 | 2020, 10:00  ·  PalaCinema Sala 1  ·  Sub. English


Thursday 13 | 8 | 2020, 18:00  ·  PalaCinema Sala 1  ·  Sub. English

During the youth demonstrations in Bern in January 1981, the disillusioned 68-year-old radio host Max meets the young Chrige and spends a night with her on the city’s freezing streets: between bars, fantasizing about leaving everything behind and going to Tierra del Fuego. Through the professional and relational frustrations of his protagonist, this film by Klopfenstein and Legnazzi, presented in Locarno in 1981, encapsulates with feverish formal freedom the understanding of a political period: a testament to its own time, split between uncertainties and unresolved fantasies of escape in the name of a utopian fresh start.

Selected by Michael Koch​​​​​​​
Director of Ein Stück Himmel​​​​​​​

E Nachtlang Füürland (1981) is a restless odyssey through the nightlife of Bern in 1981.  Max Rüdlinger plays a wonderfully comical, worn-out newsreader who has become very disillusioned but instead of changing his life, has made himself comfortable in the role of the unhappy grumbler. He drifts from bar to bar during an ice-cold winter night in Bern and finally meets a woman with the opposite energy. For one moment the possibility of change beckons - at least for a brief moment everything seems possible again. Almost casually, the camera follows the protagonists and captures the feverish excitement of the night. In a mixture of discovered situations and planned encounters, one sees Max Rüdlinger and some non-professional actors improvising through the night.  The film is both a document of the times and a beautiful, always surprising, authentic, strangely funny portrait of a group of people. Even though the dialogues are not always equally well improvised, the film has an incredible freshness, freedom and energy that fascinates me. Shot on film, E Nachtlang Füürland also demonstrates that every film lives through its performers, from their faces and characteristics. The characters' faces carry this film. There are little moments, unpolished scenes, such as the speech of a woman in a bar talking about her fight for a little freedom as a mother and housewife with an energy that blows you away.

– Michael Koch




Clemens Klopfenstein, Remo Legnazzi


Max Rüdlinger, Christine Lauterburg, Adelheid Beyeler, Marlene Egli, Maria Wiesmann


Clemens Klopfenstein


Alphalt Blues Company

Screenplay adapted by

Clemens Klopfenstein, Remo Legnazzi

Based on a literary work by

Alex Gfeller


Pavol Jan Jasovsky


Clemens Klopfenstein, Remo Legnazzi


Ombra Films

Schweizerische Radio - und Fernsehgesellschaft (SRG)

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Clemens Klopfenstein


Ombra Films

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