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Swiss film promises a 2016 rich in surprises

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- 2016 will be a rich year for Swiss film production, with the first documentary and fictional films starting to be unveiled

Swiss film promises a 2016 rich in surprises
Europe, She Loves by Jan Gassmann

2016 will be a rich year for Swiss film production, with the first documentary and fictional films starting to be unveiled. The choice of documentaries, set to be released in spring 2016, is vast and of a high quality. MIRR-The Field [+see also:
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 by Zurich-based Iranian director and anthropologist Mehdi Sahebi takes us by the hand and leads us through Cambodia, a wounded land in constant search of dignity and justice. Mehdi Sahebi astonished us with his moving documentary Zeit des Abschieds back in 2006, which was screened at a number of Swiss and international festivals and won the prestigious Critics’ Week Award at Locarno. Another delicate topic, that of drug addiction, is broached with intensity and bravery by Grisons-born director Ivo Zen in his King Of The Air-Notes On A Friendship [+see also:
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Young Zurich-born filmmaker Jan Gassmann, the writer with nine other directors of collective film with apocalyptic hues Wonderland [+see also:
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(winner of the Zürcher Filmpreis 2015), instead brings us a close-up of the daily lives of five couples, experiencing their joy and troubles under the roof of what is commonly referred to as “Europe” in Europe, She Loves [+see also:
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. Meanwhile Cahier africain (which is scheduled for release in January) by director Heidi Specogna, the winner of the Swiss Film Prize for The Short Life Of José Antonio Gutierrez (2006), skilfully handles the delicate and shocking topic of the sexual violence perpetrated by Congolese mercenary soldiers back in October 2002. Another director, Jacqueline Zünd, who already has the acclaimed Goodnight Nobody of 2010 (which won the Zürcher Filmpreis and the award for Best Film Newcomer at Visions du Réel in Nyon) under her belt, will present her new documentary Almost There [+see also:
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 next year. Finally Markus Imhoof, the director of the multi-award-winning More Than Honey [+see also:
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 (2012), tackles the highly topical issue of migration with his film Eldorado.

Turning to fictional feature films, Swiss-Peruvian director Klaudia Reynicke has just finished her feature film Il vicino [+see also:
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, produced by Tiziana Soudani (Amka Films) and Carlo Cresto-Dina (Tempestafilm). Romand filmmaker Frédéric Mermoud (Bande à part Films) will instead unveil his second feature film Moka [+see also:
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, the successor to the acclaimed Complices [+see also:
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. Swiss Argentinian director Milagros Mummenthaler will be adapting Pozo de aire (Air Pocket) by Guadalupe Gaona for the big screen, and Stefan Haupt, the director of the acclaimed The Circle [+see also:
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(2014) will present his new feature film Finsteres Glück [+see also:
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, based on the novel of the same name by Lukas Hartmanns Roman. Finally, Tobias Nölle, another of the directors who worked on the Wonderland project, will be bringing ushis debut feature film ALOYS.

(Translated from Italian)

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