Mrs Loosli

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    Mrs Loosli

    Frau Loosli

    Directed by

    Germany, Switzerland

    2013

    39 min

    • German

    Documentary

    Mrs Loosli is old. Her husband died many years ago; her children have moved out. She spends her days alone on her farm at the foot hills of the Swiss Alps. Being alone is her ultimate life task. Mrs Loosli knits. She keeps in shape on her treadmill. She listens to the radio. She fires up the oven and fetches wood. She bakes an apple pie for herself. She spends time with her dog. A young film crew watches an old lady’s everyday life and documents how each morning she braces herself against her life’s loneliness and the absurdity of life. The result is an essay in film about the power of rituals; a film that widens the horizon and captures the beautiful in the ordinary.

    Awards

    • Postproduction Prize (for the best Swiss film out of all sections) - Visions du Réel

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Nicole Vögele
    Cinematography
    Stefan Sick
    Editing
    Annatina Stalder
    Production
    FILMAKADEMIE BADEN-WURTTEMBERG

    Press

    With a brave and minimalistic approach we enter the rituals of a daily routine that celebrates the simplicity and pureness of Life.

    Visions du Réel Jury Statement

    Nicole Vögele

    Nicole Vögele

    Switzerland

    I am trying to create a space where all those things we don’t know about being human may echo. My aim is not to provide answers with my films, but rather allow the viewer to delve into a sea of questions, thoughts and emotions.

    Nicole Vögele was born in 1983 in Gretzenbach (Switzerland). In 2002 she got her first job at the Swiss National Television. Over the last 15 years she has been working as a journalist and reporter for several programs. At Swiss TV she started making documentaries. In 2010 Vögele enrolled at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy studying documentary filmmaking. Her first short MRS. LOOSLI was awarded at Visions du Réel in 2013. Her second short INTO THE INNARDS, an experimental mountain essay, has been screened at DOK Leipzig the same year. In 2014 she finished FOG which premiered at Berlinale where it received an honorable mention. The experimental documentary was shown at numerous festivals such as Visions du Réel, Locarno, Festival dei Popoli, DocBuenos Aires. In 2018 Vögele’s first feature length film CLOSING TIME premiered in the Cineasti del Presente competition at Locarno Film Festival where it received the Special Jury Prize and the Cinelab Award.

    Selected Filmography