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The Solothurn Film Festival announces the schedule for its 50th edition

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- The Solothurn Film Festival this year celebrates half a century in action led by its director, Seraina Rohrer, head of this important Swiss Festival for four years

The Solothurn Film Festival announces the schedule for its 50th edition

The schedule of the 50th edition of the Solothurn Film Festival (22-29 January), the leading festival for Swiss cinema, was made public yesterday in Zurich. Its director, Seraina Rohrer, was prompt in highlighting her satisfaction with being able to host a significant number of debut works by young directors this year; proof that this important film festival hasn't lost its innovative and revolutionary spirit. All we can do is be amazed by a young generation of directors that express, through film, their personal vision of the world.

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The Panorama Suisse section, a genuine window for Swiss cinema, represents the backbone of a festival that is simultaneously retrospective and an annual selection of Swiss productions (not limited by genre or duration). 184 films selected in this important section, including 23 world premieres and 9 Swiss premieres. Among these, 7 are vying for the prestigious Prix de Soleure (Solothurn Award): Die Böhms-Architektur einer Familie by Maurizius Staerkle-Drux, Pepe Mujica - Lessons from the Flowerbed [+see also:
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by Heidi Specogna, a portrait of the eventful life of Pepe Mujica, former guerrillero and farmer who became president of Uruguay, Thomas Hirschhorn-Gramsci Monument by Angelo Alfredo Lüdin, another cutting portrait, this time of the famous Swiss artist, Dora und die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern by Stina Werenfels (opening film), the drama that screened in world premiere Driften by Karim Patwa, Spartans [+see also:
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, a captivating documentary by Nicolas Wadimoff and finally What's Between Us [+see also:
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 by Claudia Lorenz.

10 films are battling it out for the Prix du public (Audience Award) which brings together well-known names and young talent: Chrieg [+see also:
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by Simon Jaquemet, Confusion by Laurent Nègre, Der Hamster by Thomas Gerber, Mitten ins Land by Norbert Wiedmer, Pause [+see also:
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by Mathieu Urfer, Stella Ciao [+see also:
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by Vito Robbiani, Tapis Rouge by Frédéric Baillif and Kantarama Gahigiri, Usfahrt Oerlike by Paul Riniker, Vecchi pazzi [+see also:
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by Sabine Boss and Vollenden by Susanne Eigenheer Wyler. The sidebar Focus this year offers a selection of Swiss and international films by young directors who work as a community, in a group or as production companies. “Community” films but also extremely personal.

The Solothurn Film Festivalcelebrates its fifty years witha specialprogramme L’expérience Soleure-50 Jahre Solothurner Filmtage that presents a series of movies, alongside a selection of illustrious guests (Renato Berta, Ursula Meier, Yves Yersin and many others), who have fostered lively and heated debates and discussions. One way of showing how the Solothurn Festival tackles debate head on and is open to discussion. An edition that promises to live up to the festival's reputation.

(Translated from Italian)

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