Switzerland shows a strong presence at the Munich Film Festival
by Muriel del Don
- The Munich Film Festival to be the stage for many Swiss premieres at the end of the month
The Munich Film Festival, the second most important film festival in Germany after Berlin, is set to host a number of Swiss premieres: two feature length films (Gergiev: A certain Madness and Longwave [+see also:
interview: Lionel Baier
film profile]), various co-productions (Love Is the Perfect Crime [+see also:
film profile], Clouds of Sils Maria [+see also:
interview: Charles Gillibert
interview: Olivier Assayas
film profile] and The Wonders [+see also:
interview: Alice Rohrwacher
interview: Tiziana Soudani
film profile]), as well as French Swiss director Jean Luc Godard and the German premiere of his latest film Goodbye to Language [+see also:
Gergiev: A certain Madness, presented in the prestigious “Spotlight” section by Swiss German director Alberto Venzago is a road movie and documentary based on the tour of Saint Petersburg orchestra on board the famous Trans-Siberian railway, which completely crosses Russia over the course of two weeks. Sublime classical music mixes with the industrial sounds of the Trans-Siberian railway. The world premiere took place during the recent edition of the International Zurich Film Festival. The same section will also include the German premiere of Love Is the Perfect Crime by French directors Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, a French Swiss co-production with Zurich’s Vega Films. The film by the Larrieu brothers shows a literature professor at the university of Lausanne who collects affairs with his female students. Tension becomes palpable when one of his protégées’ stepmother disappears. The film was presented at international festivals including San Sebastian, Toronto, Montreal and Zurich.
The second Swiss film, presented in the “International Independent” section is Longwave by Swiss director Lionel Baier. After being shown in numerous international festivals including the Soletta Days, the international Locarno and Namur festivals, and winning the Special Academy Award in Zurich, Baier’s film is finally coming to Germany. Longwave shows the adventures of two Swiss reporters: young feminist Julie Dujonc-Renens and the better-known and older Swiss radio star Joseph-Marie Cauvin. The two main characters are invited to Portugal to investigate aid money given out to poor countries. The bus journey together will not be an easy one.
During the Munich Film Festival, the public will also be able to discover two Cannes-winning films: The Wonders by young Italian director Alice Rohrwacher (jury grand prix), co-produced by Ticino-based production company Amka Films (interview with Tiziana Soudani), and Goodbye to Language (joint winner of the jury prize with Xavier Dolan) by famous French Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard. Also from Cannes will be Clouds of Sils Maria by French Olivier Assayas, a film co-produced by RTS (Swiss radio and television).
(Translated from Italian)