SWISS FILMS in Locarno 2015
“Heimatland”, a film by ten young Swiss directors and produced by Contrast Film, celebrated its world premiere in the International Competition of the 68th Festival del film Locarno (August 5–15, 2015). The Belgian-Swiss-French coproduction “Keeper” competed in the section Cineasti del presente. And showcased on the Piazza Grande are Barbet Schroeder’s “Amnesia” and Lionel Baier’s “La vanité”, as well as Georges Schwizgebel’s short animation film “Erlkönig”.
Three Swiss documentary films were screened Fuori concorso: Stéphane Goël's “Fragments du paradis”; the French-Swiss coproduction “The Woods Dreams Are Made Of” by Claire Simon and “Yes No Maybe” by Kaspar Kasics.
Eleven Swiss short film productions were screened in the national competition Pardi di domani, while the Panorama Suisse section presented twelve very recent Swiss productions selected by the Solothurn Film Festival, the Swiss Film Academy and SWISS FILMS. The Semaine de la critique showed the documentary “The Day The Sun Fell” by Aya Domenig.
On August 11, international film critics – Peter Debruge (Variety), Anne Thompson (Indiewire) and Boyd van Hoeij (The Hollywood Reporter) – met with SWISS FILMS director Catherine Ann Berger for the Rendez-vous du cinéma suisse to discuss current Swiss productions from the festival.
SWISS FILMS was present with a desk in the Piazza Grande Lounge and hosted luncheons and meetings for international guests attending the industry days.