Switzerland presents four films in Cannes
by Muriel del Don
- Goodbye to Language, The Wonders and Clouds of Sils Maria, in the international competition
Swiss film will be well represented on the Croisette this year with four films: two co-productions (The Wonders [+see also:
interview: Alice Rohrwacher
interview: Tiziana Soudani
film profile] and Clouds of Sils Maria [+see also:
interview: Charles Gillibert
interview: Olivier Assayas
film profile]) in the international competition, one short (En août) and one collective piece of work (Ponts de Sarajevo [+see also:
film profile]), which will be presented in the official selection inside a special screening.
It is worth underlining that Goodbye to Language [+see also:
film profile], the latest film by French Swiss Jean-Luc Godard was nominated for a Palme d’Or. Surrounding the film is an aura of mystery (the press was only given a trailer and small summary), which has by now become a signature move by the director.
The Wonders, an autobiographical film on the family of Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, is an Italian Swiss German co-production by producer Tiziana Soudani (Amka Films Productions). The main character (played by Alba Rohrwacher, Alice’s sister) is supported by Bern-native actress Sabine Timoteo, from L’Amour, l’Argent, l’Amour by Philip Gröning – a role, which in 2000 earned her a golden Quartz at the Swiss cinema awards. Clouds of Sils Maria is a co-production between France, Germany and Switzerland by Olivier Assayas, a film partly shot at Sils Maria in the Graunbunden canton in Switzerland. The last feature film by the French director was co-produced by CAB Productions (Jean-Louis Porchet / Gérard Ruey). Actor Gilles Tschudi played next to Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche.
Short En août, by young director Jenna Hasse (double nationality of Portuguese and French) was selected for Directors’ Fortnight. Her debut tells the story of the last moments between a father and his daughter before he leaves home. The young Swiss director was always fascinated by the way in which children perceive reality. En août was filmed in Ovronnaz in the canton of Valais and was produced by Swiss production company Galão com Açúcar.
In the official selection, and the object of a special screening, the Cannes festival will screen feature film Ponts de Sarajevo [+see also:
film profile] in order to commemorate the one hundred years since the beginning of World War I. The feature film is made up of thirteen shorts made by emerging European directors, as well as world famous ones. Among these, Swiss Ursula Meier (“Silence”, “Mujo”) and French Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard (“Le pont des soupirs”). Band à part from Lausanne who co-produced, along with five European producers, this surprising piece of work.
(Translated from Italian)