Peter Entell
Switzerland, 100 min
World premiere

Lois, an American actress, and her husband, Edgar Snow, the first journalist to have reported and filmed the Chinese revolution, are suspected of Communist sympathies and forced into exile. They end up in Switzerland, near Nyon, half way between the US and China. Long after, when Edgar has passed on, Lois tells all. A story of utopia and disillusionment takes shape before the camera.

Eysins, Canton of Vaud. A little house is about to be demolished. A woman comes into a room cluttered with packing-cases and begins telling her story. In two consecutive shots, the camera introduces us to a story of love, idealism and disillusionment. In 1950s America, Lois Wheeler was a stage, television and cinema  actress. Her career was interrupted by her meeting and marriage to Edgar Snow, the first journalist to report on and film the Chinese Revolution. Suspected of being Communist sympathisers, the pair were included on the infamous McCarthyite “blacklist” and forced into exile. After years of wandering, they ended up in Switzerland, near Nyon, half way between the United States and China. From then until his death, Edgar worked hard for a rapprochement between the two countries. Long after, when Edgar has passed on, Lois tells all. By filming this story as the natural transition from one season to another, Peter Entell stages the burial of one of the great utopias of the 20th century.

Luciano Barisone

Translation BMP Translations

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Duration
100 min
Year
2012
Country
Switzerland
Section
International Feature Film Competition
Premiere
World premiere
Language
English
Subtitle
French
Production
Peter Entell

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