by Daniel Zimmermann (CH 2018 / 106′)
In the forest of the Catholic Monastery of Admont in Austria, a fir tree is felled and processed into planks of wood. By train, truck, boat and finally by hand, the stack is transported to a mysterious destination right in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest. The wooden planks’ trajectory corresponds to one of the central, raw materials trade routes, however in reversed direction of transport.
The film is a meditative and subtle comment on the absurdity of the economic rationale that underlies our globalised world. Each sequence of shots corresponds to a stage in the process. By means of thirteen 360-degree shots, the Swiss filmmaker Daniel Zimmermann clears a paradoxical pathway into the logic of globalised trade routes.
Special Jury Award Karlovy Vary Festival 2018 / Emerging Swiss Talent Award Zurich Film Festival
Coproduction with Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
also available: WALDEN – Ein Kunstwerk (2018 / Doc TV 50′)
Broadcasted: SRF Sternstunde / october 14 / 2018
by Nicole Vögele (CH 2018 / 116′)
Mr. Kuo and his wife Mrs. Lin cook for the city’s sleepless. They work all night and sleep during the day, like many others in buzzing Taipei. One morning, riding back from the market, Mr. Kuo takes a different exit on the highway and journeys to the sea.
CLOSING TIME is a cinematographic meditation on the in-between moments – a kaleidoscopic journey that relies on colours, sensations, animals, typhoons and a dark lilac sky – the materials of life. An attempt at capturing time, an exercise in seeing.
Coproduction with Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Special Jury Award, Concorso Cineasti del presente, Festival Locarno
Festival Scope Award, Festival Locarno
1999 – Wish you were here
by Samara Grace Chadwick (CAN/CH 2018 / 90′)
Une cinéaste retourne dans sa ville natale pour découvrir les souvenirs d’une vague de suicides qui a secoué son lycée en 1999. Aucun de ses anciens camarades de classe n’en a parlé jusqu’à présent – bien que chacun d’entre eux ait gardé ses archives personnelles de l’époque. Leurs souvenirs révèlent une histoire beaucoup plus complexe et convaincante que ce à quoi elle s’attendait. 1999 est une invitation à traverser le silence du chagrin.
Coproduction with Parabola Films (CAN), NFB/ONF (CAN) and Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
Compétition Vision du Réel 2018, Hot Docs 2018
Cinema relaease Switzerland: August 2018 , by Xenix Filmdistribution (Link)
Typiquement suisse ?
Matthias Günther & Andy Herzog (CH 2017 / 2 x 52′)
Qu’est-ce qui est typiquement suisse ? Les mauvaises langues prétendent que le fait de poser inlassablement cette question est, justement, typiquement suisse. Dans la mini-série documentaire Typiquement suisse ?, trois reporters sillonnent le pays dans le cadre d’une mission cruciale : à l’aide de statistiques, ils veulent savoir ce que signifie être typiquement suisse. Ce documentaire en deux parties (2 x 52’) est une recherche empirico-ironique de la spécificité suisse.
En coproduction avec Lomotion Bern & Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
Diffusion sur SRF, RTS, RSI, RSR 2017
Festival de Soleure 2017
In production / development:
Die grosse Übung
Swiss Citizen Soldiers
Ein Dokumentarfilmprojekt Luka Popadić
Die Schweiz 2018. Wie jedes Jahr rücken Tausende von Schweizer Dienstpflichtigen in den Wiederholungskurs ein. DIE GROSSE ÜBUNG zeigt die Hintergründe mehrerer WKs und gibt einen längst überfälligen cineastischen Einblick in die Realitäten des Zusammenlebens in unserem Land. Spannend, zeitgemäss – und menschlich.
Luka Popadić wurde 1980 in Baden geboren und wuchs dort auf. 2014 hat er die Filmregieausbildung in Belgrad abgeschlossen. Als Regieassistent arbeitete er in Chicago und Berlin und als Offizier der Schweizer Armee nahm er an Einsätzen in Bosnien & Herzegowina teil. Seine Spiel- und Dokumentarfilme wurden an über 100 Festivals weltweit gezeigt und mehrfach ausgezeichnet.
THE CARDINAL & THE IMAM
a documentary by Manuel von Stürler
Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. Rebels are instrumentalizing religion and pushing Christians and Muslims to kill each other. Together with Imam Kobine Lamaya, Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga implores the people not to succumb to the trap of this repetitive scenario. A film about an unusual duet that strikes realities not only in Africa.
Director of WINTER NOMADE, film presented at the Berlinale in 2012 and winner of many awards, (including the prize of the European Film Academy), Manuel von Stürler presented his latest film LUST FOR SIGHT / LA FUREUR DE VOIR at Visions du Réel 2017 in Nyon, at the festivals of Locarno, Belgrade, Sydney, New York etc.
Die Macht der Stille
The Power of Silence
by Maurizius Staerkle Drux
In coproduction with Lichtblick GmbH
The director Maurizius Staerkle Drux (CH/D) has graduated at the Zurich University of Arts. His debut film THE BÖHMS – ARCHITECTURE OF A FAMILY is presented in more than 30 countries, has won several awards and is one of the five most successful documentary films in Germany in 2015.
Das Mädchen und die Spinne
The Girl and the Spider
A fiction feature by Ramon & Silvan Zürcher (CH)
Lisa moves out. From tomorrow on, she will have her first own flat. Mara stays behind. The roommates, parents and friends help with the move. Catastrophe is around the corner. A poetic ballad about change and transience.
Coproduction with SRF / Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion
In production / Release 2020
Ramon and Silvan Zürcher studied at DFFB Berlin. Ramons diploma feature film THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT / DAS MERKWÜRDIGE KÄTZCHEN premiered at Berlinale 2013, was screened at over 80 festivals and has received numerous awards.
Les histoires d’amour de Liv S.
A fiction feature by Anna Luif (CH)
Liv Sandor (40), following an argument with her boyfriend, sets off to wander the city, observing passers-by and reminiscing about her past loves. In all her relationships, there was always a turning point, when things started going downhill. LES HISTOIRES D’AMOUR DE LIV S. is about Liv’s tragic-comical trajectory and learning to love on life’s emotional rollercoasters.
Anna Luif (CH ) completed her film studies in Zurich. Her short film SUMMERTIME won more than 20 awards. She then directed the feature films LITTLE GIRL BLUE, released in cinemas in 2003 after a large festival success. 2010 followed MADLY IN LOVE.
Marche (Walk About)
A documentary by Elise Shubs (CH)
A city with an apparent air of serenity. A woman walks in an undetermined time frame, at night as well as day. She walks through spaces that transform over the course of the film, gradually revealing themselves. A cartography of everyday, urban sexism.
The film is set in Lausanne, the directors hometown. “A medium-sized Swiss city, calm and pretty, the Olympic capital.” – that’s the tourist office’s slogan. Elise Shubs invites us to explore this city in a different way. MARCHE (WALK ABOUT) is her second documentary after IMPASSE (60’).
A fiction feature by Arne Kohlweyer (D/CH)
17-year-old Amish girl Hannah and her family cross the Ocean aboard the Queen Mary II. They plan to visit Switzerland (the origin country of their religion). Hannah is forced to confront her expelled older sister and make the choice of her life : staying with the rest her family or live freely…
Arne Kohlweyer was born in 1981 in Wolgast (D). In 2008 he finished film directing at FAMU in Prague. He has made various short films, directed for German television and got nominated for the Grimme-Award.
A fiction feature by Lionel Rupp (CH)
co-author Alexandre Montin (F)
Granit is a professional football player in the second division in Switzerland. After an injury, his life takes a twist, as he accepts a job with Mr. Uzmanov, an investor who wants to lead the club into the elite. It turns out that Granit is actually much more talented in business than on the pitch.
Lionel Rupp studied at the HEAD in Geneva. He co-directs the film HEIMATLAND (competition Locarno 2015) and directs the documantary A CAMPAIGN OF THEIR OWN (Visions du Réel, Karlovy Vary, Locarno).
Beauvoir Films was founded in 2016 in Geneva. The company produces author-driven documentary and fiction features for festival and theatrical releases as well as TV. We work with directors who have a distinct visual narrative approach and strive to push the boundaries of storytelling in compelling and creative ways.
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After graduating from the University of Freiburg, Aline Schmid studied scriptwriting in Stuttgart. With Intermezzo Films (Geneva), she has produced several creative documentaries and fiction features, such as SONITA (Sundance / IDFA), BROKEN LAND (Locarno / Rotterdam), CANTOS (Dok.Munich /Mostra Sao Paulo) and HORIZONTES (Karlovy Vary). She participated in the programs Emerging Producer (Jihlava 2013) and Producer on the Move (Cannes 2015).
Adrian Blaser works for international cinema and television projects since 2001. In 2007, he produces at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade. Having collaborated on numerous films by the founders of Bande à part Films in Lausanne (Ursula Meier, Lionel Baier, Jean-Stéphane Bron, Frédéric Mermoud), he becomes their executive producer in 2011 (THE BLOCHER EXPERIENCE, MOKA, THE PARIS OPERA). He joins Beauvoir in 2017.