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Swiss films ready to rock up at Toronto

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- Four Swiss productions or co-productions will be presented during the upcoming edition of the Canadian festival: Marija, My Life as a Courgette, I Am Not Your Negro and Moka

Swiss films ready to rock up at Toronto
Marija by Michael Koch

Marija [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Michael Koch
film profile
]
by young, Berlin-based Swiss director Michael Koch, a film that had its world premiere in the international competition at Locarno, is continuing its journey and is shortly to land at the Toronto Film Festival (8-18 September) in Canada, where it will form part of the Discovery section. Marija is a powerful movie, further enhanced by Margarita Breitkreiz’s magnetic performance. Koch’s astonishing feature debut is an observation on the complex phenomenon of immigration, as seen from the inside, and devoid of false modesty or prejudice. Marija is a German (Pandora Film Produktion and Little Shark Entertanment) and Swiss (Hugo Film) production, in co-production with WDR, ARTE and SRF/SRG/SSR.

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After being selected at Cannes, in the Directors’ Fortnight, and being chosen to represent Switzerland in the race for the Oscar, My Life as a Courgette [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Claude Barras
film profile
]
by Claude Barras (produced by Swiss outfit Rita Productions and France) will be showcased at Toronto in the TIFF Kids section. Frédéric Mermoud will also be heading to the film market in Canada to present his latest feature, Moka [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(Variety Piazza Grande Award at Locarno). Moka was produced by Paris-based Diligence Films, Tabo Tabo Films and Sampek Productions, and by Swiss firms Bande à Part Films and RTS. The TIFF will also host the moving documentary I Am Not Your Negro by Haitian director Raoul Peck. I Am Not Your Negro is a French/US (Velvet Film and ARTE), Belgian (Artémis Productions and RTBF) and Swiss (Close Up Films and RTS) co-production.

Lastly, Christof Neracher, of new Zurich-based production house Hugofilm (Marija, Chrieg [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Simon Jaquemet
film profile
]
, Aloys [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Tobias Nölle
film profile
]
), has been selected to take part in the international Producers Lab Toronto forum, dedicated to co-productions (read the interview).

(Translated from Italian)

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