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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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Come and take a glimpse into the studios of Radio France and discover what is usually hidden to the eyes of the listeners. A documentary that makes sound visible. From the director of Cannes nominated documentary “Etre et avoir”.
This documentary is a collection of interviews with various producers, actors and directors connected with the Psycho franchise. All give appropriate credit to the original Psychose (1960) for setting the stage of modern slasher films, with only limited information on other aspects of film's originality.
A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement. The premise behind the production is that the documentary itself would be entirely paid for by sponsors, thus being a form of metafilm. The film's slogan is "He's not selling out, he's buying in".
The Catalan restaurant El Bulli has long become a legend and is now history. Archeologist and filmmaker Gereon Wetzel was allowed into the kitchens during two six-month cycles of experimentation and operations for a unique look at Ferran Adrià and his famous restaurant
Facing the crisis of their lives, six young farmers from a small village decide to pool their livestock in an enormous community stable. Unthinkable in normal times in such an individualistic society, this novel solution shows just how much people have been forced to change their ways. This tender and ironic film chronicles the three years it took to complete the project.
A profile of Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist, Jean Dominique. It includes: historical footage of Haiti's vivid and tumultuous past; interviews with Dominique, himself and with Michele Montas--his heroic wife, life-long love, and extraordinary partner; and incorporates footage shot before Dominique's assassination on April 3, 2000.
From a small beehive in the Swiss Alps to the huge almond fields tended by an agribusinessman in California (to whose ears the buzzing of bees is like the sound of freshly printed money), everyone is concerned by the decline in the population of hives. Which is why Markus Imhoof, grandson of a bee keeper, traveled around the globe with camera in hand.
The film is shot in Nassau Bay, the elegant residential area in Houston where Claude has lived for the past 25 years. Whilst his colleagues continue to dream of travelling in space, Claude prepares for a more earthbound life in Europe.
With shooting lasting from February to June 2001, Marcel Schüpbach's film follows Maurice Béjart through the labyrinth of creating a new show, a ballet entitled “Lumière”. He let his passion for life spring up in a work that brings together the music of artists who left a deep mark on his life: Bach, Brel and Barbara.
Switzerland is renowned for its work ethic, which has become a national character trait. In the aftermath of World War II, a novel concept - leisure time - gathered pace and began to turn things upside down with regard to how Swiss people regarded themselves and their priorities.
April 2006. 13,000 members of the Dajo ethnic group have taken refuge on the plain of Gouroukoun in eastern Chad. They are all survivors of the Darfur conflict. Secluded in the camp they have constructed, they create their own way of life and means of survival.
In 1891 a large number of Swiss emigrated to the Pecos Valley, a desert region in New Mexico. Intensive proaganda by a group of businessmen from Geneva had convinced them they could make their fortune there. More than 200 Swiss settlers - farmers, winegrowers and adventurers from good families - set out to seek the dazzling wealth they had been promised.
Welcome to the no-holds-barred epic portrayal of the life of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Tyson: The movie will take you on an incredible journey into the legendary boxer's life, from his days as a teenage drugdealer and thief in New York, to his meteroic rise to fame as the champion of the world, and finally through to his shocking, outrageous decline.
The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel. "Jodorowsky's Dune" is an account of a film that was never made despite all the love that its makers poured into it, yet somehow it's warm and inspirational: a call to arms for dreamers everywhere.
The building of a huge astronomical observatory on Mount Graham, in south-eastern Arizona has been strongly opposed by the San Carlos Apaches. To them, Mt. Graham is sacred land. The Apaches particularly resent the fact that the Catholic Church is involved in the building of this observatory.
In 2009, Michel Bras, head of a 3-star restaurant in the heart of Aubrac, decides to hand over his restaurant to his son Sébastien. A father and his son. They both face a crucial moment in their career. Is it possible to pass on a lifetime work ? Is it that simple for a son to make a name for himself ?
Luc Jacquet guides the audience through the equatorial forest far off the beaten path. He takes the camera in closely to discover tiny seedlings that will eventually become the next forest in five decades. Immobile but very alive, the forest must implement strategies and illusions to meet the challenge of its environment in order to make it through a lifecycle that lasts many decades...
It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.
An introverted middle-aged woman learns that she is sick and must radically change her way of life without fully understanding the nature of her illness. Faced with an intimate and profound fear in a world where images never lie.
Farahnaz Shiri is the first female bus driver in Tehran. In Iran Women should enter buses from the back door and should sit or stay in a limited zone at the end of the buses. But in Mrs. Shiri’s bus everything is vice-versa. Mrs. Shiri is struggling to prove herself in this society and resisting a series of injustices that she faces as a woman in the Iranian society.
"Becoming Traviata" documents preparations for a stripped-down version of Verdi’s “La Traviata” which was performed at the Théâtre de l'Archevêché in Aix-en-Provence in the summer of 2011.Natalie Dessay prepares to take on the role of Violetta in this documentary about the staging of Verdi's masterwork at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.
Now aged over 90, police officer Pahud still has not recovered. Neither has the rest of the population of Semsales, a small Swiss village, which seems similar to any other village in the region...except that it still bears the marks of a collective trauma dating back more than 50 years. Two young women, Hélène Monnard and Marie-Thérèse Bovey, were murdered but the case was never solved.
The four scientists Alfred Bader, Carl Djerassi, Walter Kohn and Peter Pulzer, whose roots lie in Vienna, are all renowned men of science who revolutionised the “technical and historical consciousness“ of the world, till far into the 21st century. In spite of all of their successes, a traumatic loss hurts and distresses them all: As Jewish children they had to flee their home country in 1938/39.
An investigative documentary about French agriculture today, through several stories: farmers, researchers, writers,... A world which successfully resists underminings - economical, scientific, social - that affect them. A world at the centre of questions regarding future.
Ibrahim Gezer lived a prosperous life with his wife and 11 children in Turkish Kurdistan. Having joined the Kurdish resistance, one of his daughters is killed by the Turkish army. Arrested and tortured, Ibrahim hides in the mountains for seven years before fleeing to Istanbul. But the blows continue as his wife commits suicide and his children emigrate; those in Switzerland help him in.
Independent cinema exhibitors in Paris let us in on a profession unknown to most of us. We enter their cinemas, we watch them introducing the film at the Saturday night screenings, choosing the posters, or simply standing outside the cinema, perhaps to lure punters…?
Behind the scenes, in the shadow of spotlights, an invisible match is played, that could mean the end of one of the most popular sports: football. This movie disentangles the web woven by European and Asian Mafias in order to control football matches all over the world with the aim of increasing their benefits and laundering their illegally obtained money.
Emir Kusturica celebrates the incredible story of Diego Maradona: God living football genius artist and champion of the people. From Buenos Aires to Naples, via Cuba, here is the life of this extraordinary man, from his humble beginnings to his worldwide fame, his meteoric rise to the deepest decline. A unique documentary on the "Player of the Century", filmed by his biggest fan.
Moscow, June 2007. The stage director Olivier Py and the musical director Marc Minkowski adapt the work of Claude Debussy, "Pelléas et Mélisande". Their first collaboration has inspired Philippe Béziat who decided to approach the mystery of this opera.
Each year, thousands of South Koreans flock to one of the many stages of Seoul games to watch Starcraft Pro League Competition , the most popular video game in the region. For a full season, comparable to that of football, young South Koreans are battling for the league title. The players are national celebrities which one worships...