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Constructed as a feature film, it follows the adventures of a parliamentary committee established to create a bill on genetic engineering (Gen-Lex). This political thriller reveals both sides of the coin, namely that of those who have invested, economic interests and of those who fear the negative effects of this revolutionary technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
This is the story of five encounters, both tragic and funny, which all take place in one car in a driving school. Five couples who are brought together via their attempts to get their licence, but divided by nationality and sometimes skin colour.
Every six years, tens of thousands of gymnasts gather on the occasion of the Federal Gymnastics Festival to celebrate their sport, their values and the national cohesion. The film follows four bands during the months of preparation and training that precede this great gathering in Biel.
A mesmerizing, thought-provoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly 40 years by forging and selling paintings of early 20th-century masters. A larger-than-life personality who was responsible for the biggest art forgery scandal of the postwar era.
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.
For two years, the artist Vik Muniz photographed people who live from separating garbage, with the idea of turning their work into a crazy project: transforming refuse into art and thereby money. In Jardim Gramacho, the largest dump in the world on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, 3000 people recycle 200 tons of stinking garbage every day. How can art change their lives?
For over ten years, La Ribot had toured the world with amazing choreography, mixing dance," live art "provocative nudity and humor. This documentary directed by Luc Peter is an intimate portrait of this incredible artist.
An ode to life under the stars and the beauty of winter in expressive panorama shots: Diametric opposites, Pascal and Carole travel with a herd of sheep, four dogs and their donkeys through the wintery landscape of Switzerland. In search of fresh grass, they travel over 600km during four months.
Marginalised members of Italian society gather in a meeting and welcome centre. They have experienced drugs, prison and homelessness. Talking about their existence, singing and living life, they show that humanity is not lost. A visionary, poetic film referencing the masters of Italian cinema such as Pasolini and Bellocchio. A vibrant work that puts the sadness of the world to song.
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.
It features five of the residents, whose memories evoke the world of the artist under the communist system, while on a more intimate level they provide rare first-hand glimpses of the rapidly changing world of Russia throughout the 20th century. At the same time the film gives an inside view of this unusual home and its residents in their everyday lives.
Today an incredible sanitary and ecological disaster is taking place in the heart of the Amazonia in an overseas department of France, on the border between Suriman and French Guyana. «Dirty Paradise» shares the story of a thousand Indians who are trying to survive the devastation caused by 10, 000 illegal gold-seekers who hide in the forests.