Young Swiss cinema crosses French border
by Mathieu Loewer
No less than 15 Swiss films have been presented in France as part of La belle voisine, which opened in January.
Inaugurated early February at the Annonay International Film Festival, the showcase for contemporary Swiss creativity in the Rhône-Alpes region will continue in Villeurbanne (February 19-25), Saint-Etienne (February 28-March 13) and Annemasse (March 14-20).
While the French event will be dedicating a retrospective to well-known veteran director Fredi M. Murer (see news), priority is being given to filmmakers who are making their first or second feature for the big screen.
Directors in this category include: Laurent Nègre (Fragile [+see also:
film profile], with Marthe Keller), Lionel Baier (Stealth [+see also:
film profile]), Frédéric Choffat (La vraie vie est ailleurs), Michael Steiner (Grounding [+see also:
film profile], My Name is Eugen [+see also:
film profile]), Andrea Staka (Fraulein [+see also:
film profile], winner of the Golden Leopard at Locarno 2006), Greg Zglinski (Winter Without Fire), Ruxandra Zenide (Ryna [+see also:
film profile]), Stina Werenfels (Going Private) and Pilar Anguita-MacKay (Moon on the Snow, starring Julie Depardieu and Marie-Josée Croze).
(Translated from French)
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