The Blocher Experience

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    The Blocher Experience

    L’Expérience Blocher

    Directed by

    Switzerland

    2013

    100 min

    Documentary

    Autumn 2011. Campaigning in the federal elections, Christoph Blocher criss-crosses Switzerland to fight for victory. His car is a privileged observation post for filmmaker Jean-Stéphane Bron, who tells the story from the inside, as a first-person account. Over the course of this journey, the life of the most reviled and admired politician in Switzerland unfolds, revealing his triumphs, methods and secrets. How did the son of a poor pastor become a successful industrialist, amass a fortune and win over almost a third of the electorate? L’Expérience Blocher is a portrait of a man who has profoundly changed the country’s political landscape.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Jean-Stéphane Bron
    Cinematography
    Patrick Lindenmaier
    Editing
    Karine Sudan
    Music
    Christian Garcia
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    Press

    Brilliantly executed, the concept of this film involves turning this documentary into a troubling ghost movie and offering an insightful comment on the declining health of European democracies.

    Damien Leblanc , Premiere

    Eminently cinematic, sometimes ambiguous, this documentary fairly expresses the mix between fascination and repulsion that often inspire political monsters.

    Cyrille Latour , Les Fiches du Cinéma

    Jean-Stéphane Bron

    Jean-Stéphane Bron

    Switzerland

    Born in 1969, Jean-Stéphane Bron graduated from the École cantonale d’art in Lausanne. The Swiss filmmaker has already presented several films at Locarno including two documentaries, Known to Our Departments (1997) and Corn in Parliament (2003) as well as his first fiction feature, My Brother Is Getting Married (2006), on the Piazza Grande. In 2010 his film Cleveland vs. Wall Street was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.

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