Colombière

Friday 5 April 2019

Grizzly Man (United States)

Timothy Treadwell lived among bears in a natural park in Alaska. Over 13 summers, until his fatal encounter with an aggressive grizzly, he filmed his...

  • Werner Herzog
2005, United States, 104′
Last Night I Saw You Smiling (Cambodia, France)

The White Building, an emblematic apartment block home to 493 families in Phnom Penh, is going to be destroyed soon. Kavich Neang intimately chronicles...

  • Kavich Neang
2019, Cambodia, France, 77′
Swiss premiere

Monday 8 April 2019

Golden Age (Switzerland)

Who said that old age has to be boring? Golden Age opens the doors to the Palace, a retirement home of the kind that you have never seen before, in...

  • Beat Oswald, Samuel Weniger
2019, Switzerland, 84′
World premiere
City of Children (United Kingdom)

What is daily life like for those who are growing up in the outskirts? How is the future being considered? With a sharp sense of observation, Arantxa...

  • Arantxa Hernández Barthe
2019, United Kingdom, 16′
World premiere
A Driver’s License (Italy)

Domenico is a young shepherd. He walks around with his flock and secretly harbors the dream of obtaining his driver's license. But he lives far away...

  • Giovanni Gaetani Liseo
2019, Italy, 40′
World premiere
Sweet Salty Wind (Switzerland, Cuba)

Somewhere on the coast of Cuba, three brothers and sisters spend the day by the sea. Laura Gabay observes them as well as the world they are...

  • Laura Gabay
2019, Switzerland, Cuba, 20′
World premiere
Summerloch (Switzerland, Jamaica, Liechtenstein)

Dennis and his filmmaker friend decide to join his parents in Tuscany where they are spending the summer holiday. Dennis is not in the best of moods....

  • Moris Freiburghaus
2019, Switzerland, Jamaica, Liechtenstein, 26′
World premiere
This Film Is About Me (Spain)

Renata presents herself to the camera like one of these fascinating film noir heroines: a beautiful woman with a nondescript accent, with assured...

  • Alexis Delgado Búrdalo
2019, Spain, 61′
World premiere
The Hissing of Summer Sands (Portugal)

 Film newsreels show a mixed crowd enjoying seaside fun. Every summer however, a man appears on the beaches. Meticulously dressed, announcing himself...

  • Catarina Mourão
2019, Portugal, 15′
World premiere
Queen (United Kingdom)

A bowling alley, artists, friends, a recording studio, a pregnancy, a baby and universal pop culture, not all necessarily in this order. In Queen,...

  • Kathryn Elkin
2019, United Kingdom, 12′
World premiere
Daddy and the Warlord (Netherlands)

Clarice has always looked up to her father. But when the time has come to evaluate his political legacy, she gets entangled in a web where good and...

  • Shamira Raphaëla
2019, Netherlands, 52′
International premiere
Above Us Only Sky (Netherlands)

How do you start an investigation into chance? By a late journey. The narrator tells how the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjalla stopped the...

  • Arthur Kleinjan
2019, Netherlands, 28′
International premiere
Again (Germany)

His name was Schabas Saleh Al-Aziz. He came from Iraq where his family had remained. He was 21 years old. He suffered from epilepsy and mental...

  • Mario Pfeifer
2019, Germany, 38′
World premiere

Sunday 7 April 2019

Loulou (Switzerland)
11:30

“Crazy people are the unlucky explorers of the invisible”. This is precisely what Nathan Hofstetter, diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic, has...

  • Nathan Hofstetter
2019, Switzerland, 70′
World premiere
Looking for the Man with the Camera (France, Switzerland)

Boutheyna Bouslama remembers her holidays in Syria in the summer of 1994: a boy offered her an armful of cherries. He was called Oussama. Twenty years...

  • Boutheyna Bouslama
2019, France, Switzerland, 76′
World premiere
Akaboum (France)
13:00

In the Parisian suburbs, a group of adolescents wander, looking for a rave party. The city's peripheral architecture goes by like the setting of a...

  • Manon Vila
2019, France, 30′
World premiere
Cows With No Name (France)

While his previous film addressed the question of rural life via the major health crisis of the 20th century (mad cow disease) and in the form of a...

  • Hubert Charuel
2019, France, 50′
World premiere
RIAFN (Germany)
17:45

Since the dawn of time, the inhabitants of the Alps have used their own language to overcome the distance imposed by the mountainous orography. Riafn...

  • Hannes Lang
2019, Germany, 29′
World premiere
Salam Godzilla (Switzerland)

When the terrible 1960 earthquake hit Agadir, the local cinema Salam was showing Ishiro Honda and Terry O. Morse's Godzilla, King of Monsters! Weirdly...

  • Gilles Aubry
2019, Switzerland, 40′
World premiere
À l'usage des vivants (Belgium)

 Semira Adamu arrived in Belgium in 1998 when she fled from Nigeria. Held in a closed detention centre next to Brussels Airport, she died smothered...

  • Pauline Fonsny
2019, Belgium, 27′
World premiere
Dans les ruines (Switzerland)

After the death of her father, Selina Weber seeks refuge in Pompei, a city still crossed by phantoms of those struck by the eruption of Vesuvius two...

  • Selina Weber
2019, Switzerland, 48′
World premiere

Saturday 6 April 2019

Little Dieter Needs to Fly (Germany, France, United Kingdom)

German-American pilot Dieter Dengler—a Vietnam war veteran—lives with a constant desire to fly. Today retired, secluded in his house, facing the...

  • Werner Herzog
1997, Germany, France, United Kingdom, 77′
Transnistra (Sweden, Denmark, Belgium)

Anna Eborn follows the lives of a group of teenagers in Transnistria, a country where the shadow of Soviet legacy looms large. An extremely precise and...

  • Anna Eborn
2019, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, 93′
Swiss premiere
I Have Seen Nothing, I Have Seen All (Myanmar, Lebanon, Syria)

After over six years out of his country, the Syrian filmmaker Yaser Kassab continues to attempt to recount the war from the sad and soulless scenery of...

  • Yaser Kassab
2019, Myanmar, Lebanon, Syria, 19′
World premiere
In Mansourah You Separated Us (France, Algeria, Denmark)

Originally there was a silence. That of Malek, the filmmaker's father, who for years said nothing of his childhood in Algeria. And then, the need to...

  • Dorothee Myriam Kellou
2019, France, Algeria, Denmark, 62′
World premiere
Alba (Switzerland)
18:15

A black screen. A bottle breaks on the bitumen. A few insults are flung. The decor of an industrial area, first thing in the morning, after a busy...

  • Lucia Martinez, Hugo Radi
2019, Switzerland, 26′
World premiere
Passing Time (Belgium)

Lou Colpé has been filming her grandparents since she was 15. In the process of this intense relationship, she notices some disconcerting signs in her...

  • Lou Colpé
2019, Belgium, 40′
World premiere
Under the Dress (Belgium, Russia)

As a child, Aleksandr Vinogradov had his grandmother as an accomplice. In her home, he could dress up as a woman, explore his desires and identities,...

  • Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
2019, Belgium, Russia, 23′
World premiere
I Can Change, but Not 100% (France)

The film begins with an amorous promise: I can change. A promise heard too often, a promise we know to be false in advance. Amie-Sarah has fallen...

  • Amie-Sarah Barouh
2019, France, 40′
World premiere

Friday 12 April 2019

Many Undulating Things (United States, Bangladesh, South Korea, Hong Kong SAR of China)

The film begins and ends in a shopping centre in Hong Kong. We carefully observe the smooth movement of the escalators, the constant flow of people...

  • Bo Wang, Pan Lu
2019, United States, Bangladesh, South Korea, Hong Kong SAR of China, 125′
World premiere
L.A. Tea Time (Canada)

Fleeing the Quebec winter and her professional and romantic disappointments, the young filmmaker Sophie Bédard Marcotte embarks with her director of...

  • Sophie Bédard Marcotte
2019, Canada, 85′
World premiere
Untitled (Burned Rubber on Asphalt, 2018) (Finland)

In a remote village in Norway, roads are a controversial subject. Playing the detective's role, Untitled explores—not without humour—the...

  • Tinja Ruusuvuori
2019, Finland, 20′
International premiere
Here and Everywhere (Chile)

Following the instructions of a dream, Flavia sets out to make a film about the Chilean Antarctic. Mixing together Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker and...

  • Flavia Contreras De La Parra
2018, Chile, 30′
International premiere
Lost Three Make One Found (Portugal, Japan, Belgium, Hungary)

A Japanese man called Sushi sets off travelling in a camper that is the same age as him, in southern Portugal. He is looking for a legendary spring...

  • Sushi Kuwayama
2019, Portugal, Japan, Belgium, Hungary, 26′
World premiere
Pacific (Belgium, Myanmar, Lebanon)
10:00

Pacific is the name of the building where the director lives, on the 18th floor. Also known as “the suicide tower”, it is a typical example of...

  • Angie Obeid
2019, Belgium, Myanmar, Lebanon, 23′
World premiere
Mars, Oman (Belgium)

Astronauts set foot on the red earth of the Oman desert before the unbelieving eyes of the Bedouin. Two high school girls build castles in the air. A...

  • Vanessa Del Campo Gatell
2019, Belgium, 20′
World premiere
Angor Pectoris (Switzerland)

Mixing images of contemporary Romania, archive films and the fascinating files of the Romanian secret services compiled during the Cold War, Sophie...

  • Sophie Dascal
2019, Switzerland, 28′
World premiere

Thursday 11 April 2019

Masterclass Tariq Teguia ()

A Masterclass given by Tariq Teguia, one of the most important Algerian filmmakers of his generation whose poetic and powerful films capture societies...

    180′
    A Donkey Called Geronimo (Germany, Switzerland)

    A minuscule islet on the Baltic Sea, a handful of sailors and a dream: to live free, away from society. On the island, there was a bar, music, and a...

    • Bigna Tomschin, Arjun Talwar
    2018, Germany, Switzerland, 80′
    International premiere
    Homeport (Canada)

    Samuel's home port is in Gaspesia, eastern Quebec, in Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis. It is winter and the fishing boats have been put into dry dock....

    • Laurence Lévesque
    2019, Canada, 28′
    World premiere
    Compañía (Bolivia)

    In Bolivia, in a small mountain village, the daily rhythm seems marked by a time that no longer exists, by nature's invisibles forces, by the will of...

    • Miguel Hilari
    2019, Bolivia, 61′
    World premiere
    Diary of Cattle (Indonesia)

    In Indonesia, in the Padang district, an open landfill site borders the forest. A landscape of precipitous terrain, with its crest lines and its...

    • Lidia Afrilita, David Darmadi
    2019, Indonesia, 17′
    World premiere
    Camp on the Wind’s Road (Russia)

    On the edge of a path, a ritual is quickly organised. A few pieces of wood constitute a small pyre where sweets, bread and other food are left. In a...

    • Natasha Kharlamova
    2018, Russia, 60′
    International premiere
    The Sheriff (Colombia)

    Fernando is Kamëntsa, indigenous and autochthonous to the Sibundoy Valley, in the south of Colombia. He is over 40, but still lives in his...

    • Samuel Moreno Alvarez
    2019, Colombia, 26′
    World premiere
    Transit Circle (Germany, China)

    Hanqi and her friends drift through the suburban area of Hangzhou. Strolling through the concrete and neon-lit landscape of the city, they experience...

    • Stephan Knauss
    2019, Germany, China, 40′
    World premiere

    Wednesday 10 April 2019

    Vaarheim (United Kingdom, Belgium)

    Out Skerries is a minuscule archipelago of the United Kingdom located in Scotland, to the east of the Shetland Islands, in the middle of the North Sea....

    • Victor Ridley
    2019, United Kingdom, Belgium, 29′
    World premiere
    Den-Missen Paradis (Belgium, Burkina Faso)

    A man returns to Bamako, the city of his childhood, and perceives in the streetsfleeing like a shadow in the nightthe face of what he was in the...

    • Nissane Coulibaly
    2019, Belgium, Burkina Faso, 43′
    World premiere
    Pacific (Belgium, Myanmar, Lebanon)
    15:45

    Pacific is the name of the building where the director lives, on the 18th floor. Also known as “the suicide tower”, it is a typical example of...

    • Angie Obeid
    2019, Belgium, Myanmar, Lebanon, 23′
    World premiere
    Mars, Oman (Belgium)

    Astronauts set foot on the red earth of the Oman desert before the unbelieving eyes of the Bedouin. Two high school girls build castles in the air. A...

    • Vanessa Del Campo Gatell
    2019, Belgium, 20′
    World premiere
    Angor Pectoris (Switzerland)

    Mixing images of contemporary Romania, archive films and the fascinating files of the Romanian secret services compiled during the Cold War, Sophie...

    • Sophie Dascal
    2019, Switzerland, 28′
    World premiere
    Beyond the North Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie (United Kingdom)

    On the northern coast of Scotland, Dounreay is a nuclear research site built at the end of the 1950s and whose reactors have been gradually shut down....

    • Natalie Cubides-Brady
    2019, United Kingdom, 23′
    World premiere
    Heat Singers (Ukraine)

    Having arrived in a rattling bus, the singers of the TeploKomunEnergo company choir climb shambolically onto a small stage. Suddenly, everything falls...

    • Nadia Parfan
    2019, Ukraine, 63′
    World premiere
    On the Art of Set Design (Finland)

    Before sliding into the uniform of his father, the dictator and founder of the “Republic” of North Korea, Kim Jong II was passionate about film. He was...

    • Jan Ijäs
    2019, Finland, 13′
    World premiere
    God (Chile)

    In 2018, Pope Francis travelled to Chile on an official visit. The country was then undergoing a serious spiritual crisis. Despite the efforts of the...

    • Christopher Murray, Israel Pimentel, Josefina Buschmann
    2019, Chile, 63′
    World premiere

    Thursday 4 April 2019

    When Tomatoes Met Wagner (Greece)

    When the organic tomatoes of Christos and Alexandros meet the music of Wagner out in the fields, an incredible energy fills the outskirts of the small...

    • Marianna Economou
    2019, Greece, 73′
    Swiss premiere

    Saturday 13 April 2019

    Tuesday 9 April 2019

    Le Pays (Switzerland, France)
    11:15

    Chady and David work on cargo ships on Lake Geneva. They are both foreigners in Switzerland. On the oscillating waters of the lake, the young men, who...

    • Lucien Monot
    2019, Switzerland, France, 45′
    World premiere
    Naturales Historiae (Switzerland)

    The film begins with a volcanic eruption that stranded the director, Pauline Julier, in a foreign city, among strangers. In turns, these strangers...

    • Pauline Julier
    2019, Switzerland, 56′
    World premiere
    Then Comes the Evening (Serbia)

    Bathed in light announcing the arrival of dusk, the setting of hills in the east of Bosnia is crossed by a flock guided by a stooped silhouette. A new...

    • Maja Novaković
    2019, Serbia, 27′
    World premiere
    When They Left (Ecuador)

    When the colourful ice-cream van rides through the deserted streets of the village, there are no children trailing behind it. In Plazuela, a peaceful...

    • Verónica Haro Abril
    2019, Ecuador, 61′
    World premiere
    Wound (Armenia)
    16:15

    In 1988, Gyumri, the second largest city of Armenia, was destroyed by a terrible earthquake. Decades later, people are still recovering from the...

    • Arthur Sukiasyan
    2019, Armenia, 25′
    World premiere
    Últimas Ondas (France)

    We are somewhere in the north of Spain. After crossing a town, in the rain, at the end of a tunnel, the valley of Solana opens up. The grain and the...

    • Emmanuel Piton
    2019, France, 41′
    World premiere
    Untitled (Burned Rubber on Asphalt, 2018) (Finland)

    In a remote village in Norway, roads are a controversial subject. Playing the detective's role, Untitled explores—not without humour—the...

    • Tinja Ruusuvuori
    2019, Finland, 20′
    International premiere
    Here and Everywhere (Chile)

    Following the instructions of a dream, Flavia sets out to make a film about the Chilean Antarctic. Mixing together Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker and...

    • Flavia Contreras De La Parra
    2018, Chile, 30′
    International premiere
    Lost Three Make One Found (Portugal, Japan, Belgium, Hungary)

    A Japanese man called Sushi sets off travelling in a camper that is the same age as him, in southern Portugal. He is looking for a legendary spring...

    • Sushi Kuwayama
    2019, Portugal, Japan, Belgium, Hungary, 26′
    World premiere
    Dead Sea Dying (Germany)

    A kaleidoscopic vision of a mythical and contested place where tourists, mystics, pilgrims in search of Salvation or even entrepreneurs busy building...

    • Katharina Rabl, Rebecca Zehr
    2019, Germany, 29′
    World premiere
    Socialist Monopoly (Hungary, Brazil)

    Games of “socialist” Monopoly were played in the Soviet Union: for the Hungarian version, called “Manage your money wisely”, the first to furnish an...

    • Thiago Carvalhaes
    2019, Hungary, Brazil, 19′
    World premiere
    Chasseurs (Switzerland)

    A man releases a huge balloon in the dark night… In the south of France, two men lead us on a strange treasure hunt through crisscrossing roads, armed...

    • Benjamin Bucher
    2019, Switzerland, 17′
    World premiere