Pure Charcoal
German Film Festival 2018

Pure Charcoal, film still © Zeitraum Film GmbH

Pure Charcoal

Switzerland 2017 (Documentary)
Awards (selection): Swiss Film Award 2018 (Best Cinematography),
Trento 2018 (Jury Prize)
Festivals (selection): Leipzig 2017, Solothurn 2018, Trento 2018, Schwerin 2018
Director: Robert Müller
Screenplay: Robert Müller
Cinematography: Pio Corradi
Editor: Kathrin Plüss, Mirella Nüesch
Music: Fritz Hauser
With: Fränz Röösli, Lukas Thalmann, Willi Renggli, Willi Röösli, Doris Wicki, Philipp Röösli, Markus und Martin Wicki, Andreas Schacher, Ruedi Lustenberger
Producer: Carola Kutzner
Duration: 93 mins
Language: Swiss-German, Italian (with English subtitles)
Rating: exempt

Screened in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland in New Zealand.

Wearing heavy rubber boots, Fränz Röösli climbs atop his charcoal pile and starts poking holes into what he calls the “Grind” – the dome of the pile, which reaches four meters above ground. White smoke rises from the holes, curling around the charcoal burner to the whims of the wind before it is carried off into the dark of night. In calm, stunning images, the documentary draws the viewer into the archaic world of charcoal burning.

Text: Zeitraum Film GmbH


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