Tuesday. Feb. 7, 2017 7:00 PM
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco
West Coast Premiere
99 mins. Switzerland, Germany (2015). BD Projection. German and French w/ English subtitles.
Directors/Screenwriters: Michael Krummenacher, Jan Gassmann, Lisa Blatter, Gregor Frei, Benny Jaberg, Carmen Jaquier, Jonas Meier, Tobias Nölle, Lionel Rupp, Mike Scheiwiller Starring: Peter Jecklin, Dashmir Ristemi, Julia Glaus, Michèle Schaub, Jackson Florin Schmidig
Cinematography: Guy Fässler, Denis D. Lüthi, Gaetan Varone
Editor: Kaya Inan
Producers: Stefan Eichenberger, Ivan Madeo, Julia Tal
World Sales: WIDE, Paris
Winner of the Premio Giuria dei Giovani Third Prize at the 2015 Locarno Film Festival and the Award for the Socially Relevant Film at the 2016 Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken.
It is autumn and getting colder in Switzerland. Suddenly an inexplicable and frightening cloud is over the country. Its origin is a mystery to the experts, who merely state that it is growing continuously, and its unloading is only a matter of time. It is still calm outside, but the cloud hangs over the country like the sword of Damocles. Wonderland uses this state of widespread uncertainty for a current snapshot of Switzerland: ten young film auteurs from the French- and German-speaking parts shine a light on people, mentalities, and social environments in one of the world’s wealthiest countries and weave these personal episodes into one large, joint story. The people react very differently to the impending storm: some ignore it, others barricade themselves, and yet others again celebrate the end of the world. But the storm is also a uniting force: it exposes authentic needs, fears and hopes, and step by step reveals the consequences of the political and the societal isolation of the country. Wonderland is neither neutral nor democratic or representative – it is a subjective, self-critical snapshot from the point of view of a new generation of Swiss filmmakers.
Swiss Window is presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.