SWISS FILMS Market Preview – Selected Projects 2019

6 feature documentary projects in their finishing stage have been selected for the 2019 SWISS FILMS Market Preview.


RADIO SILENCE

by Juliana Fanjul 
Switzerland, Mexico | 90'
AKKA Films | Cactus Films | RTS Radio Télévision Suisse | SRG SSR
Expected release: Summer 2019

SRG SSRMexico, March 2015. Carmen Aristegui, incorruptible journalist, has been fired from the radio station where she has worked for years. Supported by more than 18 million listeners, Carmen continues her fight. Her goal: raising awareness and fighting against misinformation. The film tells the story of this quest: difficult and dangerous, but essential to the health of democracy. A story in which resistance becomes a form of survival.


MOKA NOIR

by Erik Bernasconi  
Switzerland | 93’
ventura film sa | RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera | SRG SSR
Expected release: Summer 2019 

In the piedmontese town of Omegna an unusual industrial centre was born in the twentieth century: the so-called “houseware district”. The big sister companies like Bialetti Alessi, Lagostina and Piazza exploited the post-war economic boom and became known worldwide. With the crisis of 1979, the generational changes, the relocations and the workers’ struggles, the golden years ended drastically leaving immense voids not only in the abandoned establishments but also in the hearts of the local.


SEARCH FOR TRACKS

by Alice Schmid
Switzerland | 90'
Ciné A.S. GmbH | SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

At the age of sixteen Alice was a victim of abuse. Fifty years later, this repressed experience unexpectedly makes its way back into her conscience. How is it possible to repress an incident for one’s entire life? Alice is wandering through the desert to find answers. In a letter to her father she reflects on her childhood, her films, which are always about violence against children and how her experiences have shaped her life.


THANK YOU FOR THE VISIT

by Julia Furer
Switzerland | 80’
freihändler Filmproduktion GmbH | SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen | Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK
Expected release: Winter 2019/20 


Samir and Bahija struggle with love and perspectives in a country with limited possibilities. They fight for a brighter future, but the clash of cultures troubles their whole family’s life.


AMAZONIAN COSMOS

by Daniel Schweizer
Switzerland | 90’
Amka Films Productions SA | Horizon2Films | RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera
Expected release: Summer 2019


The shamanistic criticism of neo-liberalism by Amazonian Indians who for the first time leave their forest to visit the world of white men before meeting Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama.


MARS

by Dea Gjinovci
Switzerland, France | 80’
Alva Film | Mélisande Films | RTS Radio Télévision Suisse | France 2
Expected release: Summer 2019


In Horndal, Sweden, Furkan and his family face a medical mystery that upsets their daily lives. The two eldest girls, Ibadeta and Djeneta, have fallen into comas. Despite everything, the family is trying to rebuild a normal life, far from their native Kosovo. Furkan, passionate about astronomy, has set himself the task of building a rocket that can take his sisters to Mars, far from the difficulties of their lives.

RADIO SILENCE
by Juliana Fanjul 
Switzerland - AKKA Films, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG SSR
Mexico - Cactus Films

MOKA NOIR
by Erik Bernasconi     
Switzerland - ventura film sa, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, SRG SSR

SEARCH FOR TRACKS
by Alice Schmid 
Switzerland - Ciné A.S. GmbH, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

THANK YOU FOR THE VISIT
by Julia Furer
Switzerland - freihändler Filmproduktion GmbH, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK

AMAZONIAN COSMOS
by Daniel Schweizer
Switzerland - Amka Films Productions SA, Horizon2Films, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera

MARS
by Dea Gjinovci
Switzerland - Alva Film, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse
France - Mélisande Films, France 2