Film

Charles mort ou vif

(Charles, Dead or Alive)

A Journey in the Festival’s History

Suisse  ·  1969  ·  DCP 4K  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  94'  ·  o.v. French

On Demand

5-15 | 8 | 2020  ·  Sub. German

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


Screening

samedi 8 | 8 | 2020, 18:00  ·  GranRex  ·  Sub. German


Screening

dimanche 9 | 8 | 2020, 10:00  ·  GranRex  ·  Sub. German


Screening

lundi 10 | 8 | 2020, 12:45  ·  GranRex  ·  Sub. German

Selected by Raphaël Dubach and Mateo Ybarra
Directors of LUX


"I feel as though I’m wrapped in cotton wool. With no real anxieties. With no hope. Locked up in comfort and safety.” Charles Dé is the head of an important, austere family business. On the day of the company’s 100th anniversary, he realizes his bourgeois, capitalistic lifestyle is the polar opposite of his erstwhile passions. In the midst of an existential thunderstorm, he decides to break completely with this universe and live on the edge. He then encounters Paul and Adeline, a bohemian couple with whom he shares a free-spirited existence in the Geneva countryside. Tanner’s film has the energy and strength, but also the fragility of a debut film. Renato Berta’s cinematography is raw; François Simon’s performance is jarring. Most of all, though, Charles, Dead or Alive is a cinematic manifesto, with the energy of May ’68, where one dreams of Lake Geneva becoming a harbor as dark as coal, with black barges, where a car is launched from the heights of a gravel quarry; where one expresses their malcontent by spitting potatoes; where Swiss prosperity is criticized in a school poem. In paving the way for new Swiss cinema with sensitivity and irony, Alain Tanner described the sparkling energy of a time period where everything had to be deconstructed. Therein certainly lies the affection we have for this film and for Tanner’s work: poetry as an act of subversion.

– Mateo Ybarra & Raphaël Dubach

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Information

R�alisateur

Alain Tanner

Cast

François Simon, Marie-Claire Dufour, André Schmidt, Maya Simon, Marcel Robert

Cinematographie

Renato Berta

Musique

Jacques Olivier

Sc�nario

Alain Tanner

Montage

Sylvia Bachmann

Production

Groupe 5

Télévision Suisse Romande (TSR)

Ventes internationales

Association Alain Tanner (AAT)

Print

Cinémathèque suisse
info@cinematheque.ch

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