Swiss Focus: Telling Migration Selection

Ahram Online, Thursday 6 Nov 2014

Swiss Focus

A selection of Swiss films focusing on migration issues will participate in the 7th edition of the Panorama of the European Film

Mon Père, la Révolution et Moi (My Father, the Revolution and Me)

This family drama is a quest of identity and politics that takes us from Turkey in the 1970s to Switzerland in the 21st century, dealing with exile, prison, false money, fallen heroes, hippies gone astray and a revolutionary disco along the way. A mosaic, which moves freely between documentary, fiction and animation.

Country: Switzerland
Year: 2013
Director: Ufuk Emiroglu
Running Time: 80min
Language: French, Turkish
Subtitles: English, Arabic

Awards & Screenings:
New Talent Award –Istanbul Documentary Days 2013

Mon Père, la Révolution et Moi

La Clé de la Chambre à Lessive (The Laundry Room)

This black comedy takes us into the laundry room of a Lausanne apartment block, where dirty laundry is almost aired in public. The foundations of society are perceived, as we enter a rarely-seen world in Switzerland: that of socially excluded people.

Country: Switzerland, France
Year: 2012
Director: Floriane Devigne, Frederic Florey
Running Time: 72 min
Language: French
Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:
Grand Prize of the Cinéma Suisse Jury - NyonVisions du Réel 2013

La Clé de la Chambre à Lessive
'La Clé de la Chambre à Lessive' Still

L’Abri (The Shelter)

A winter spent in the heart of an emergency shelter for homeless people in Lausanne. At the door is the same nightly ritual, as only 50 chosen people are let inside to receive a hot meal and a bed. Fights occasionally break out, as those left outside know the night will be a long one.

Country: Switzerland
Year: 2014
Director: Fernand Melgar
Running Time: 101 min
Language: French
Subtitles: English, Arabic

Awards & Screenings:
Nominated Golden Leopard, Special Mention Youth Jury– Locarno IFF 2014


L’escale (Stop-Over)

In the course of long months spent with a group of Iranians living illegally in Athens, the director examines the radical choice of pursuing a better life through the most dangerous of possibilities: an underground existence.

Country: Switzerland, France
Year: 2013
Director: Kaveh Bakhtiari
Running Time: 100 min
Language: Persian, French
Subtitles: English, Arabic

Awards & Screenings:
AQCC Award – Montreal New Cinema Festival 2013
Talent Dove Award -Dok Leipzig IFF 2013
Special Jury Prize - Namur IFF 2013

L’escale (Stop-Over) Still

Neuland (Unknown Territory)

Students from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Serbia and Venezuela – Mr. Zingg's pupils have a long journey behind them, and an even longer one ahead: integrating into life in Basel, with a job. But as the end of their schooling nears, these young migrants have to ask themselves a harrowing question: is there a place at all for them in this country?

Country: Switzerland
Year: 2013
Director: Anna Thommen
Running Time: 92min
Language: German, Farsi, Albanian
Subtitles: English, Arabic

Awards & Screenings:
Best Documentary, Special Mention – Max Ophüls Festival 2014
SOS-Kinderdörfer Award – Munich IFF 2014
Golden Eye – Zürich IFF 2013



All data is provided by the Panorama of the European Film

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