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SHOWING 17 FILMS FROM SWITZERLAND

BOAT IS FULL

  • Release Year: 1980
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Country: Switzerland
A dramatization of Swiss complicity in Nazi atrocities, The Boat Is Full boldly broached a then-taboo subject upon its initial release in 1980. Seven labs took three years to create this digitally restored version of this long-lost classic, for which Imhoof won a Silver Bear at the 1981 Berlin Film Festival. |Read More

COCA - THE DOVE FROM CHECHNYA

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 86 minutes
  • Directed By: Eric Bergkraut
  • Country: Switzerland
Zainap Gashaeva, nicknamed "Coca," ("Dove") is a human-rights activist in Chechnya-a dangerous part of the world for such an avocation. This documentary follows Coca as she bravely documents a horrific litany of murder, torture, and abduction. |Read More

DIVINE ORDER

  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Petra Volpe
  • Country: Switzerland
Political leaders in Switzerland cited ‘Divine Order’ as the reason why women still did not have the right to vote as late as 1970. Director Petra Volpe explores this surprising history through the story of Nora, a quiet housewife from a quaint village searching for the fierce suffragette leader inside her. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Comedy, Female Screenwriter(s)

FRAULEIN

A brilliant portrait of three women from former Yugoslavia-one Croat, one Serb and one Bosnian-searching for "home" in the cold, alienating light of contemporary Zurich, and coming to terms with the war that lives in each of them. In Swiss-German, German, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian. |Read More
Female Director(s)

KILL GIL (VOLUME 1)

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Directed By: Gil Rossellini
  • Country: Italy, Switzerland
Gil Rossellini (son of Italian filmmaker Roberto and brother of actress Isabella) documents his battle with a rare and devastating bacterial infection, which left him a paraplegic. Shot in a charmingly low-tech, off-the-cuff manner, Kill Gil (Volume 1) conveys a tremendous sense of hope and perseverance, while avoiding pat feelings of pity and morbidity. In English. |Read More
Documentary

OUR SCHOOL

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Directed By: Miruna Coca-Cozma, Mona Nicoara, Miruna Coca-Cozma, and Mona Nicoara
  • Country: USA, Romania, Switzerland
Our School follows three Roma (commonly known as Gypsy) children in a rural Transylvanian village who are among the pioneer participants in an initiative to integrate the ethnically segregated Romanian schools. Touching on issues ranging from institutionalized prejudice, public education, and the intractability of poverty, but always firmly rooted in the hypnotic rhythms and profound reality of the Roma community, Our School is a deeply affecting, often infuriating, and ultimately bittersweet story of tradition and progress. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary

PEARL

  • Release Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Directed By: Elsa Amiel
  • Country: France, Switzerland
Set in the world of women’s competitive body building, Léa Pearl (Julia Föry) is set to compete for the championship title of Miss Heaven, until her plans are upended by an unexpected visitor. |Read More
Drama, Sports

SLEEP

  • Release Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 4 minutes
  • Directed By: Claudius Gentinetta, Frank Braun, Claudius Gentinetta, and Frank Braun
  • Country: Switzerland
Sleep. Full breath ahead into the final sleep. A lullaby with closed eyes for a silent decline. |Read More

SWORN VIRGIN

As a young woman living within the confines of a Northern Albanian village, Hana longs to escape the shackles of womanhood, and live her life as a man. To do so she must take an oath to eternally remain a virgin. Years later, as Mark, she leaves home for the first time to confront a new set of circumstances, leading her to contemplate the possibility of undoing her vow. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)

VITUS

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 123 minutes
  • Country: Switzerland
A child prodigy yearns for a "normal" life with his parents and eccentric grandfather in this charming family drama, starring the great German actor Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire; Downfall). While his parents plan a future of piano competitions, Vitus would rather learn to fly. He just needs to find an adult who'll let him. A Sony Pictures Classics Release. Presented by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. |Read More
Drama, Music