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Alpha takes place in a bar, a client exposes a waitress to the underground world of Betta fish fighting. In a battle of the sexes, the waitress does what she can to save the bar's Betta from it's supposed destiny...
How does Ursula’s reality look? “Where” does she live? Ursula Bodmer, born deaf and blind, is an enigmatic being. Five decades ago she began caring for the young Anita Utzinger as a foster mother. Since then – and still today – her steadfast love has served as the bridge between reality and Ursula’s world without sight or sound.
A fast-paced film about people whose feet are their primitive and powerful instrument of artistic expression. Beginning with “bödele” in Central Switzerland, this film journeys from tap dance and flamenco to Irish dance.
He was a student activist, an urban guerrilla, a taxi driver; Joseph "Joschka" Fischer emerged from the Extra-parliamentary Opposition (APO) to become Hessen's trainer-clad environment minister and Germany's suited and booted foreign minister. Director Pepe Danquart follows Joschka's colourful life through six decades of postwar Germany from the phoney fifties, to the wild APO days.
Compared with the dimensions of nature, they are tiny. But they take it on every day to get to school. In Kenya, Jackson (11) walks 15 km (in 2 hours) through the Savannah with his sister Salomé, each with a plastic jug of bottle, a shoulder bag and a stick, meager protection against the group of elephants they risk meeting every day.
This episode reveals how, as well as creating the multiplexes, Star Wars, Jaws and The Exorcist were also innovative. The programme then travels to India, where the world's most famous movie star, Amitabh Bachchan, shows how Bollywood was doing new things in the 70s too. And there's a look at how Bruce Lee movies kick-started the kinetic films of Hong Kong.
A small community on the island of Santorini has a unique duty: that of preserving the tradition of vine growing. The issue arising is that of defining tradition, true love, and the role of god in it all.
Karl's kühne Gassenschau, the largest outdoor theatre in Switzerland, is a guest in St-Triphon. The film portrays everyday encounters between the sixty employees of the theatre backstage. It provides an intimate look behind the scenes and tells the story of a world behind the show which remains otherwise hidden to spectators.
An impressionistic portrait of the iconic actor. The film explores the actor's enigmatic outlook on his life, his unexploited talents as a musician, and includes candid scenes with David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson and Debbie Harry. The fragile soul of an actor emerges from the poignant collage.
Heavy set, proudly wearing a black robe, the cow from Hérens has loyal fans. Presented as inoffensive and sweet the cow from Hérens has a combative temperament Those who raised her therefore organize fights in competition, making sure to file down her horns to avoid injury. Each cow takes on an opponent, a battle that ends with the winner being presented with a bell.
Erwin Wagenhofer and Lisa Ganser analyze and show who pays for the profits gained by investors in the international financial system. They visit investment objects, financial services providers, critics and victims around the world.
On October 31st, 2009, two giants meet on the stage of the Théâtre de St-Gervais in Geneva: Jean-Luc Godard and Marcel Ophüls. Their conversation draws us inside the history of cinema and into History in itself.
Do you know how to turn ordinary water into a billion-dollar business? In Switzerland there's a company which has developed the art to perfection - Nestlé. This company dominates the global business in bottled water.
The film portrays the months between the death and demolition, while illustrating how the family overcomes this situation, grieves, deals with the inheritance and carries on the traditions outside the walls that once held them together. It takes the viewer on a walk between the past and the present, between life and death.
In the heart of Paris, in a reception class for immigrant students within a regular high school, director Julie Bertuccelli focuses on ten children aged 11 to 15. They are Egyptian, Irish, Serbian, Moroccan, Senegalese, Brazilian, Tunisian, Chinese... Thrown together from around the globe, they share their views of the world, of their countries, their pain and their joy.
Divided into four episodes Roberto Rosellini's performs a ritual trip with India covering culture, beautiful architecture and also the State of India society, create an impression and a feeling of Rossellini on the State of the Indian community at that time.
Every year, the choir of the Collège St-Michel in the canton of Fribourg attracts around fifty young people from the most diverse backgrounds. Following their concert rehearsals for a year, we discover a world on its own: a world in which singing means a physical experience, the opportunity to forge close friendships, and oneness with the music.
In the early 70s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate.
Travelling is an adventure, writing is another. Writing of the world needs considerable attention; that is why Nicolas Bouvier writes very slowly. Because the world deserves many respects. In order to tell it, words have to be adjusted.
Filmmaker Luc Peter accompanies acclaimed Swiss contemporary dancer and choreographer Gilles Jobin as he and his eclectic troupe of dancers work on The Moebius Strip 2001 in London and Paris. Peter’s documentary gives a fascinating insight into how an artist like Jobin works and lives.
They are caught in between heroin trips and toy pistol muggings, between mad shopping sprees and depths of misery. They learn English and jail slang. They crave for substitute happiness smuggled into their cells and the next leave.
Switzerland was one of the world's last countries to grant women the right to vote and to elect representatives. This film illustrates a century of Swiss history in the footsteps of some women who fought to get out of their kitchen - until equal rights were obtained, which in reality still seem rather fragile sometimes.
Very much like his last effort, this one tracks a quartet of underprivileged children in far-flung lands (Mongolia, India, Uganda and Cuba) as they try to accomplish a series of feats both academic and physical, overcoming significant socio-economic obstacles to achieve their goals.
Told through the eyes of Yumiko Yamada, a young Japanese architect living in Lausanne who follows the film every step of the way, the viewer becomes acquainted with the players of a major architectural adventure: the construction of the Learning Center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.
A film director meets a wife. By small steps, he captures moments of their life, objects and places with his video camera. Then he realizes that he isn't really storing memories. He is rather creating a film. After a year of shooting, 75 minutes of video tell the story of a link made in the daily life and enhanced by feelings.
The Uprising shows us the Arab revolutions from the inside. It is a multi-camera, first-person account of that fragile, irreplaceable moment when life ceases to be a prison, and everything becomes possible again.This feature-length documentary is composed entirely of videos made by citizens and long-term residents of Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Syria and Yemen.
Sara Baras, Manolo Sanlucar, Antonio Canales, José Antonio Ruiz, Aída Gómez, and Enrique Morente were summoned by Carlos Saura for his latest homage to flamenco. «Iberia» is a episodic dance movie that travels from city to city or region, covering all of Spain. The traditions of flamenco - song, music and dance is enhanced by elements of classical music, ballet and contemporary dance.
A documentary about courses given to people in France who need to gain new points on their driver's licence. People from all walks of life are concerned. A portrait of French society on a subject that touches each and everyone.
The story of the brilliant, playful movies in the English-speaking world in the 90s. This episode looks at what was new in Tarantino's dialogue and the edge of the Coen brothers. The writer of Starship Troopers and Robocop talks about their irony. Baz Luhrmann talks about Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! The programme plunges into the digital world to see how it has changed the movies forever.
Philippe Val, the editor of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper, was cited to court by the Great Mosque of Paris, the World Muslim League and the Union of Islamic Organizations of France for publishing a set of twelve Danish cartoons that triggered the wrath of Muslims worldwide. Daniel Leconte covers the trial in real-time, aiming to establish the international implications of the case.
World-famous chemist Carl Djerassi refers to himself as “mother of the pill“, but is also an art collector and writer. He speaks of himself as an intellectual polygamist. The film follows him around to the important milestones of his life and work. The 88-year-old scientist, restlessly travels all over the world, gives scientific lectures, comes to see the performances of his plays.
Karma Shadub is one of Ramòn Giger's four first names, as well as the title of a piece composed at his birth by his father Paul Giger, a world-famous violinist. When Paul asked Ramòn to make a film about the adaptation of this piece, the latter notices their mutual remoteness... With this project, Ramòn hopes to understand the meaning of love. A sensitive portrait of different perspectives.
After their parents’ divorce, Sabina had to move to Switzerland with her mother, while Narmina stayed with her father in Baku. Five years later Sabina returns to Azerbaijan to live with her father. But he intends to remarry and has not yet told his daughters. At the same time, Narmina is preparing her farewell to her boyfriend Kerim, who has enlisted for one year of military service.
Record Player-Christian Marclay is a documentary about the musical work of Christian Marclay. Through scenes shot at his home, it shows and explains his work and techniques as well as his reflections about his art.
The arrival of sound in the 1930s changed everything for cinema. This episode revisits the birth of new types of film: screwball comedies, gangster pictures, horror films, westerns and musicals, and discovers the master of most of them, Howard Hawks. Far away from Hollywood, in England Alfred Hitchcock hits his stride, and French directors become masters of mood.
In 1964, Jean Ziegler was asked by Che Guevara to fight the "capitalist Monster". Former collaborator of Kofi Annan, professor and writer, Ziegler's books still act as a manifesto to left-wing intelligentsia.
Dominique Loiseau, accused of being the sixth man of a gang of renegade police, is sentenced in 1991 to 12 years of prison. The counter-inquiry led by the journalist Michel Naudy allowed Loiseau to be pardoned in 1993 by François Mitterrand. Meanwhile, in prison, the honest cop became friends with Michel Vaujour, an "escape artist".
Rainer Voss, a former trader who worked in banking for 10 years, is interviewed in a Frankfurt bank that’s been closed for six years. He unravels the tangled ball of string that is finance, from the origins of the financial crisis (deregulation and simultaneous digitization of the markets) to by-products developed to neutralize all kinds of risk.