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A Swiss friend at Seoul


German-Swiss director Micha Lewinsky’s debut film The Friend (produced by Langfilm) continues its international journey a year and a half after its theatrical release. Following its win of the 2007 Swiss Cinema Prize, it is now vying for the $30,000 Grand Prize awarded to the winner of the international competition at the Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul (September 3-8). The jury of the second edition of this new event is presided over by US director Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter, 1978).

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The Friend is not travelling alone to Seoul, however. Two Swiss minority co-productions are joining it: Benny’s Video (1992) by Austrian director Michael Haneke and Into Great Silence [+see also:
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(2005), an impressive immersion in the silent universe of the Grande Chartreuse monastery directed by Germany’s Philip Gröning and co-produced by Tessin-based outfit Ventura Film.

(Translated from French)

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