Where We Belong

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    Where We Belong

    Directed by

    Switzerland

    2019

    78 min

    • French
    • Swiss German

    Documentary

    The parents split up, the children are left behind with their thoughts. Director Jacqueline Zünd gives five children of separated parents space to report what it means to be abandoned by a parent or to have to choose between them. They look back thoughtfully and self-critically, displaying impressive insight in their analysis of not only their own emotional states, but that of their parents as well. The filmmaker weaves interviews with atmospheric scenes from everyday life and captures that which remains unspoken. Alone in rising mountain mists. Twins playing underwater in a pool. Brother and sister dancing in the dazzling lights of a fair. Perhaps these youngsters know where they belong better than the adults themselves.

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    Cast
    Alyssia Pascale
    Ilaria Pascale
    Carleton Gogel
    Sherazade Gogel
    Thomas Kurmann
    Screenplay
    Jacqueline Zünd
    Cinematography
    Nikolai Von Graevenitz
    Editing
    Gion-Reto Killias
    Music
    Thomas Kuratli
    Sales
    AUTLOOK FILMSALES
    Production
    REAL FILM GMBH

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    The film’s fixed shots on the faces of its young protagonists are splendid, acting as a sort of gateway to their feelings. Words become almost unnecessary in these moments and silence develops in all its beauty.

    Muriel Del Don, Cineuropa

    Jacqueline Zünd

    Jacqueline Zünd

    Switzerland

    Born in 1971 in Zurich, Switzerland. Attended Ringier School of Journalism and LIFS (London International Film School). 1996-98 Works as editor for Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF). Since 1998 works as independent director. Her first feature-length documentary, GOODNIGHT NOBODY, screened at many international festivals and won her awards including Best Newcomer at Visions du Réel and an Honorary Mention at DOK Leipzig. ALMOST THERE premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and won a Swiss Film Award in 2018.

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