It is autumn and getting cold in Switzerland. Suddenly, an inexplicable and threatening cloud appears over the country. Its origin is a mystery to the experts. They merely realize that it keeps growing and that it is only a matter of time before it will break. There is no wind yet outside, but the cloud is hanging over Switzerland like a sword of Damocles. The people react to the impending storm in various ways: some ignore it, others barricade themselves in, still others celebrate the end of the world. But the storm has a unifying element to it: it reveals the true needs, fears and hopes of the people.
- 3rd Junior Jury Prize - FF Locarno
- Best Editing (Kaya Inan) - Prix du Cinéma Suisse
- Peter Jecklin
- Julia Glaus
- Roberto Garieri
- Soumeya Ferro-Luzzi
- Luna Arzoni
- Liana Hangartner
- Viola von Scarpatetti
- Issaka Sawadogo
- Michèle Schaub
- Morgane Ferru
- Nicolas Bachmann
- Gabriel Noah Maurer
- Dashmir Ristemi
- Florin Schmidig
- Egon Betschart
- Lisa Blatter
- Gregor Frei
- Jan Gassmann
- Benny Jaberg
- Carmen Jaquier
- Michael Krummenacher
- Jonas Meier
- Tobias Nölle
- Lionel Rupp
- Mike Scheiwiller
- Guy Fässler
- Denis D. Lüthi
- Gaetan Varone
- Kaya Inan
- Dominik Blumer
- CONTRAST FILM
- WIDE MANAGEMENT
A direct and refreshing blow to the stomach.
I love people with rough edges, people who don’t fit in with the common, agreed standards of behaviour. I call them rough diamonds.
Tobias Nölle was born in 1976 and grew up in Zurich. After completing a four-year film programme at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he started working as a director, screenwriter, and editor. His short film RENÉ won, amongst other prizes, the Golden Leopard at Locarno and the first prize at Tampere. His latest feature, ALOYS (2016), premiered at the Berlinale Panorama.
A documentary film should transport emotions like any other cinematic genre. The more subjective a film is filmed and edited, the more condensed and precise the look on the topic becomes. No film is neutral.
Jan Gassmann is a director based in Zürich. His first feature documentary CHRIGU (2007) premiered at the Berlinale and won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. The movie travelled the world and amongst others, he won the "Filmcritics Switzerland Prize". In 2011 followed his first feature fiction film OFF BEAT and premiered at the Berlinale (Panorama) and was nominated for "Best Camera" by the swiss film academy in 2012. With his next documentary KARMA SHADUB, he won together with Ramon Giger the Grand-Prix of the international Competition at Visions du Réel, Nyon, 2013. His next fiction film HEIMATLAND (2015), a collaborative work, premiered in the International Competition at Locarno Filmfestival and won the Zurich and Bern Filmprize, as well as nominated for Best Film by the Swiss Film Academy. EUROPE, SHE LOVES (2016) was selected at the Berlinale (Panorama) and was awarded at both the DOK.fest Munich and the Zurich Film Festival.
Born in Geneva in 1985, Carmen Jaquier studies cinema at the l’Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne. Her first film LE TOMBEAU DES FILLES in 2011 wins a Pardino d’argento at Locarno International Film Festival, as well as the Reflet d’Or for the best Swiss short film at the Festival Tous-Ecrans de Genève. Shot in the Canton of Valais, LA RIVIÈRE SOUS LA LANGUE is her most recent short film, to be presented at Locarno (2015) in the competition Pardi di domani.
Lisa Blatter (1979) was born as the daughter of the author Silvio Blatter and the artist Mona Blatter in Heide (D) and grew up in Zurich. She attended High School in Stadelhofen and worked part-time as a journalist for TA-Media and Ringier. Again and again she spent several months on journeys. The roadtrips led her across the USA, to Japan and the Balkans.
After two years of studding Education of Arts and Design, she learned the craft of filmmaking also at University of Arts and Design in Zürich, in the department of Film, where she graduated 2008. The short films, SAD BOYS DANCE WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING and AFTERGLOW which were produced during her studies, were shown successfully at numerous festivals, the latter was also shown at the FF Locarno. AFTERGLOW was nominated for the German Junior Award by First Steps in 2008.
Besides her function as a director, Lisa Blatter also worked for several other film projects. In cooperation with Jan Gassmann and Julia Tal, she founded the production company 2:1 Film GmbH in 2010, were Lisa Blatter stated producing cinematic documentary feature films. Her documentaries premiered at internatial filmfestivals: CONCRETE LOVE by Maurizius Staerkle Drux premiered at Dok Leipzig and won several prices. The documentary film EUROPE, SHE LOVES by Jan Gassmann opened the Panorama Dokumente at the Berlin IFF.
Her first feature film SKETCHES OF LOU which premiered in Zurich FF.
Benny Jaberg, born 1981, studies film direction at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). His MA diploma film DANIEL SCHMID—LE CHAT QUI PENSE premieres in 2010 at the Berlin Film Festival, subsequently being shown at numerous international film festivals and in the cinema. Benny’s short documentary THE GREEN SERPENT—OF VODKA, MEN AND DISTILLED DREAMS (2013) wins the Boccalino d’oro at Festival del film Locarno as well as the Zurich Film Award and Swiss Film Award for the Best Short Film.
Michael Krummenacher, born 1985 in Schwyz. In 2005 he attends the Filmmaking Workshop at Columbia University in New York, before beginning to study direction at the HFF Munich. There he gets to know Peter Baranowski, with whom in 2009 he founds the production company "Passanten Film". In the same year, he completes his first feature film BEYOND THESE MOUNTAINS, which premieres at the International Rotterdam Film Festival in 2010. His short WHEN EVERYBODY‘S HERE is nominated in 2012 for the German Short Film Award, and his diploma film SIBYLLE premieres in 2015 at the 65th Berlin Film Festival.
Lionel Rupp, born in 1983. He makes several short films, such as LE POISSON, ESKAPOP and LA FORÊT which are shown at various international festivals and win numerous prizes. In 2012 he completes his first feature film QUAI OUEST. Since 2008 he has been working in the transdisciplinary cooperative 'Zooscope', where he collaborates with fine artists, directors, and musicians. His film A CAMPAIGN OF THEIR OWN was selected for Karlovy Vary IFF.
Gregor Frei, born 1984, takes his first steps at the TV collective «VideoGang». In 2005 he founds the production company 'Hiddenframe'. From 2008 until 2011 he studies cinema at the Cantonal School of Art ECAL in Lausanne. His diploma film HANDSCHLAG wins several prizes, including the Bern Film Award. Gregor still works for hiddenframe as director, screenwriter, and cinematographer.
Jonas Meier, born 1978. From 2002 to 2006 he is enrolled in the department Video at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU), obtaining his diploma in 2006. His short films ALICE IN THE SKY, SUPER BOOST and MÜRNERS UNIVERSUM are shown at many festivals. Today, Jonas lives and works in Winterthur as a free-lance film director of commercials and documentaries. He is co-founder of the production company "Zweihund".
Mike Scheiwiller, born 1978 in Zurich. After studying history and film science at the University of Zurich, he starts working in journalism in 2008, writing for various products of the Ringier media company. Since 2010 he has also been picture editor for a press photo agency. Until 2014 he has been involved with several projects of 2:1 Film as a free-lance writer, including Lisa Blatter’s debut film SKIZZEN VON LOU.