Battle of the Queens (Kampf der Königinnen)
Thursday, October 4, 2:30 pm
Documentary: A film from and about rural Europe, capturing a timeless cultural event: a series of head-to-head fights of cows, not bulls, set in a valley in sunny Southern Switzerland. The fights are sudden snorting seesaws, explosions of mass and muscle, archaic and wild. We follow three concurrent story lines: an anxious farmer with his beloved contender; a neurotic unemployed reporter from Zurich come to find a story; and a gang of adolescent boys on mopeds trying to catch a pretty girl’s eye. —Swiss Films
Germany, Switzerland (2011), 70 min. (digital projection)
In Swiss German with English subtitles
Director & Writer: Nicolas Steiner
Subject: Herzog Andreas
Production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Community Copresenter: SF DocFest
Preceded by “Of Dogs and Horses” by Thomas Stuber.
Director Nicolas Steiner was born in 1984 in Sitten, Switzerland. He has studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and San Francisco Art Institute. Ich bin‘s Helmut (BBFF 2010) is one of the most successful Swiss short films. Battle of the Queens is his feature debut.