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Wonderland (Heimatland)

(c) Passanten Filmproduktion GbR
(c) Passanten Filmproduktion GbR
Sunday, November 6, 4:45 pm

Discussion with director Mike Schweiwiller (via Skype), moderated by Sky Sitney, and reception with Swiss treats take place before the screening.


Switzerland/Germany, 2015, 99 min., Director/Screenplay: Michael Krummenacher, Jan Gassmann, Lisa Blatter, Gregor Frei, Benny Jaberg, Carmen Jaquier, Jonas Meier, Tobias Nölle, Lionel Rupp, Mike Scheiwiller, With: Peter Jecklin, Dashmir Ristemi, Julia Glaus Sales: Wide, Paris
  • Best Feature Film (Bern 2015)
  • Best Socially-Relevant Film (Max Ophüls Prize)
A hurricane of catastrophic proportions is brewing over Switzerland. The country is in a state of emergency. Ten directors from a new generation of filmmakers imagine how the Swiss would deal with the worst possible disaster: the downfall of their country. Using this situation of widespread uncertainty, they illuminate people, mentalities and Switzerland’s milieu, illuminating divergent reactions to the impending storm – some ignore it, some barricade themselves, some celebrate the end of the world. But the storm has one thing in common: it exposes the true desires, fears and hopes, and reveals bit by bit the consequences of political and societal isolation. The filmmakers deftly weave together these wildly different personal episodes into a big, unified supernatural thriller.

“An apocalyptic journey beyond political correctness. Shocking and intense.” – Cineuropa, Muriel Del Don

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Michael Krummenacher and Jan Gassmann (c) Passanten Filmproduktion GbR

Michael Krummenacher (b. 1985, Schwyz) studied filmmaking at the HFF Munich. His short When Everybody’s Here (Wenn alle da sind) was nominated for the German Short Film Award.
Jan Gassmann (b. 1983, Zurich) studied filmmaking at the HFF Munich. His first feature, Chrigu, received the Berlin and Zurich film awards.
Lisa Blatter (b. 1979) studied filmmaking at Zurich University of the Arts. Her shorts have been successfully shown at Locarno 2008 and other festivals.
Gregor Frei (b. 1984) studied filmmaking at the Cantonal School of Art ECAL in Lausanne. His diploma film Handschlag won several prizes, including the Bern Film Award.
Benny Jaberg (b. 1981) studied film direction at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). His short documentary The Green Serpent – Of Vodka, Men and Distilled Dreams (2013) received the Zurich Film Award and Swiss Film Award for the Best Short Film.
Carmen Jaquier (b. 1985, Geneva) studied cinema at the l’Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne. Her first film, Le Tombeau des Filles, won prizes at the Locarno International Film Festival and the Festival Tous-Ecrans de Genève.
Jonas Meier (b. 1978) studied at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU). His short films Alice in the Sky, Super Boost and Mürners Universum have been shown at many festivals.
Tobias Nökke (b. 1976) completed a film program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His short film René won the Golden Leopard at Locarno and the first prize at Tampere.
Lionel Rupp (b. 1983) made several short films which were shown at international festivals and won prizes. He works in the transdisciplinary cooperative Zooscope, where he collaborates with fine artists, directors, and musicians.
Mike Scheiwiller (b. 1978, Zurich) studied film science at the University of Zurich. He has worked as a journalist, picture editor and freelance writer.