The Quality of Made in Switzerland
Play it again, Switzerland. Created in 2000 and promoted by SWISS FILMS since 2003, the Appellations Suisse section screens again at the Festival del Locarno some of the most successful Swiss movies of the last year. A selection which also proposes the biographies of international artists, such as the iconic actor Harry Dean Stanton, the violinist Paul Giger (in Karma Shadub, directed by his son Ramòn Giger) and the classical pianists Martha Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich under the lens of their daughter, Stéphanie Argerich. The relationship between parents and sons is also crucial in Tutto parla di te (focused on the problems of today's motherhood) and expanded in a “religious way” by the story of a Hindu “spiritual father”, protagonist of Sâdhu.
The concept of space plays otherwise a fundamental role in Annelie (that is the name of an old boarding house in Munich), La Clé de la chambre à lessive (shot in an apartment block in Lausanne) and Thorberg, a Swiss prison that “hosts” heavyweight criminals coming from several nations.
The theme of separation is in-depth analysed by Frühzug and Der Imker, telling the story of a man who lost everything in the Turkish-Kurdish war. But it would be impossible to talk about couples and “liaisons” without having some happy endings, like the one seen in Man kann nicht alles auf einmal tun, aber man kann alles auf einmal lassen. In Verliebte Feinde, similarly, the story is about Peter von Roten and Iris von Roten who should hate each other, and not loving. The Appellations Suisse collection is completed by another, visionary documentary: La Nuit de l'Ours, directed by Samuel and Frédéric Guillaume.Mattia Bertoldi