Film Pure Charcoal

Pure Charcoal, film still © Zeitraum Film GmbH

Thu, 27.09.2018

New Plymouth, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Len Lye Centre
42 Queen St
New Plymouth

Switzerland 2017 (Documentary)

Director: Robert Müller
Producer: Carola Kutzner
Duration: 93 mins
Languages: 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