by Mathieu Loewer
- Two people fleeing from lake to lake through the different Swiss Cantons: shooting has started on the international co-production Au large Bad ragaz, by the Frenchman François Christophe Marzal
Swiss filmmakers are making some interesting spin-offs on the road-movie genre at the moment. After the “rail-movie” by Jean-François Amiguet, Au Sud des nuages, now the genre is taking another twist with François Christophe Marzal who is currently filming on the set of Au large Bad Ragaz. It’s a “lake-movie” set in Switzerland, following Alex, a temporary tour guide, and the visiting young Russian tourist, Sacha. But the trip doesn’t turn out to be very enjoyable as the pair end up being followed by the mafia and the police, forcing them to flee along the banks of various lakes, passing from one Canton to another.
The cast includes the French actor Mathieu Amalric (Mes enfants ne sont pas comme les autres [+see also:
film profile]) and the young actress, a pupil from the Geneva School of Dramatic Arts, Julia Batinova, who star alongside the Swiss actors Jean-Luc Bideau and Maria Schneider.
The film is a co-production between Portugal (Paulo Branco), France (Gémini Films) and Switzerland (Light Night Production). It should be ready in the spring of 2004, and it already has distribution deals for the three countries involved in the production. The French director François Christophe Marzal is still somewhat unknown in his home country, although he has already made a feature length film before in Switzerland, the comedy Attention aux chiens, made in 1999.
(Translated from French)
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