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by Anna Thommen


The new pupils of the integration class Basel have a long journey behind them. Young, and with dreams of a better future, they travelled to Switzerland and now place great hopes in their teacher: He is the one who should show them the way into a new country. They learn the language and culture of Switzerland in just two years. Mr. Zingg, the teacher, has only one goal in sight: to help the young people who have been traumatised by so many hard strokes of fate to find a job in the new society. But a difficult and rocky road awaits them.

international title: Unknown Territory
original title: Neuland
country: Switzerland
sales agent: Rise and Shine World Sales
year: 2014
genre: documentary
directed by: Anna Thommen
film run: 93'
screenplay: Anna Thommen
cinematography by: Gabriela Betschart
film editing: Andreas Arnheiter
music: Jaro Milko, Eric Gut
producer: Rolf Schmid, Stefan Eichenberger
production: Fama Film, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK
distributor: Filmcoopi

main awards/selection

DOK.fest Internationales Dokumentarfilmfestival München 2014  
International Student Film Festival Potsdam-Babelsberg 2014  
Berlinale 2014 Perspektive Deutsche Kino
Solothurner Filmtage 2014  
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken 2014  
Berner 2013  
Zurich Film Festival 2013  

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