Panorama Suisse | Locarno Festival

The film LA FUREUR DE VOIR by Manuel von Stürler is screened again (also available with audio description!) at Locarno Festival, Sunday 6 August.

For the 70th Locarno Festival, the special section «Panorama Suisse» offers, from 2 to 12 August 2017, the latest Swiss films, do not miss them. Amongst the nine films selected by the Solothurner Filmtage, the Swiss Academy for Cinema and SWISS FILMS, three documentaries previously screened at Visions du Réel 2017.


Manuel von Stürler | CH 2017 | doc 85' | VO-French, ST-English
Audio description available, in collaboration with Regards Neufs.
World premiere VdR2017
Sunday 06.08., 11:00, Auditorium FEVI Locarno

Sight, like other senses, is as much a matter of personal experience as of the absence of possible comparisons. How can we know what others see and in what way? How can we describe when our reference points are constantly escaping? Faced with the risk of blindness since childhood, Manuel von Stürler lives in dread of this fate; his lust for sight (Fureur de voir) retraces an initiatory journey into the universe of vision and senses, into the definition of darkness or of nothing. After Hiver nomade, his first film that notably won Best Documentary at the 2012 European Film Awards, which followed a winter transhumance with great sensitivity, the filmmaker tackles his own story this time. He develops a profoundly personal film, with an inevitable universal reach. In an introspective search linked to origins and to childhood, to present and past suffering, to the anguish of being, the filmmaker fashions a cinematographical language and an immersive and absorbing visual device, which speaks to each and every one of us.
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Lionel Rupp, Michael David Mitchell | CH 2017 | doc 80' | VO-English, ST-French
World premiere VdR2017
Tuesday 08.08., 11:00, Auditorium FEVI Locarno 

Jonathan Katz strongly believes that candidate Bernie Sanders is the only hope for the United States of America threatened by Donald Trump. Sanders is a voice outside the establishment and has put new values and priorities into his political agenda. Driven by his enthusiasm, Jonathan joins the thousands of women and men that rally around the caucuses supporting Senator Sanders. But as the campaign moves along, it becomes clear that Bernie is not going to win the democratic primaries. So, when he declares himself defeated by Hillary Clinton, Jonathan does not give up fighting. He accuses the Democratic Party of having unfairly prejudiced Bernie Sanders and thus being responsible for the senator’s defeat. Filmed with a direct cinema style, Lionel Rupp and Michael David Mitchell’s film captures brilliantly the outburst of hope that represented Senator Sanders’ challenge of the powers of the political establishment. A moving tribute to all the women and men that fought passionately for a peaceful revolution that hopefully will not go away.
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Karoline Arn, Martina Rieder | CH 2017 | doc 92' | VO-Swiss-German/French, ST-German and French
Special screening VdR2017
Friday 11.08., 11:00, Auditorium FEVI Locarno 

For a long time, the Bernese musician Stephan Eicher has suspected that he has Yenish roots, even though the subject was never addressed by his parents. Together with his brother Erich Eicher, lawyer and also musician, and accompanied by the directors Karoline Arn and Martina Rieder, the two men set off to find their origins. While the latter looks at the genealogical trees in the National Library in Berne, the former heads for the Grison Alps. There he finds the descendants Moser, Waser and Kolleger, families that settled in the region at the turn of the 20th century and for whom music, in the past like today, plays a central role. Stephan Eicher will then learn that, in the same way that his Yenish heritage was hidden in his family, Yenish music is the root of Swiss folk music. A story reducing to silence the discrimination and persecution of a people, without forgetting to honour the music itself.

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The section "Panorama Suisse" at Locarno Festival on Solothurner Filmtage's website >
Locarno Festival (2–12 August 2017) official website >

Apéritif at Locarno
We are looking forward to welcoming you to our traditional apéritif in Locarno! This will be the opportunity to meet our new Artistic Director Emilie Bujès.
Monday 07.08., 18:00, Il Rivellino, Via al Castello 1, Locarno