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Swiss-made Movies with International Ambitions

Swiss-made Movies with International Ambitions



The Swiss cinema excellence in its best form: this is the intimate soul of Appellations Suisse, a Festival section born in 2000 with the objective to show to the audience Swiss-made movies, but with international ambitions.

The 14 works selected this year face several themes, such as the importance of choices. Choices against the tide in Virgin Tales where seven brothers live in chastity and wait to give their fi rst kiss at the altar. Capital choices in Die Wiesenberger, a group of singing mountaineers which struggles between tradition and commercial success.

Life choices in Die Kinder vom Napf in which fi fty children learn the ropes of mountain farming. Some space is also dedicated to the portraits of strong characters: Capitaine Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso in the Eighties, the authoritary Russian director Alexei Guerman in Dur d’être Dieu and Carole Roussopoulos, une femme à la caméra, Swiss-born fi lmmaker who is put on the wrong side of the camera. 12-years-old children are the main characters in Giochi d’estate and L’Enfant d’en haut, living an instantaneous growth.

Zurich is the fulcrum point for Mary & Johnny and Opération Libertad: the fi rst one tells the story of a boy and a girl who constantly miss each other. The second one, set in 1978, is about the attack of a revolutionary group in a bank.

A last cornerstone is represented by journeys: the port of Lisbon is the background of Os Vivos Tambem Choram while other European ports represent a dreamed destination for the emigrants of Bon Voyage.

Hiver nomade tells about the winter transhumance of a couple with three donkeys, four dogs and 800 sheeps and Gypaetus Helveticus takes a satiric approach to the journey of another animal, the bearded vulture, towards the disapprearance from the Swiss Alps.

Mattia Bertoldi

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