Swiss views of the world screened at Film Festival Innsbruck
Five Swiss films will be screened at the 18th International Film Festival Innsbruck (June 9-14, 2009). Two of these films – “Glorious Exit” by Kevin Merz and “Telling Strings” by Anne-Marie Haller – are in the running for an award in the documentary film competition, amounting to 1,500 euros. Three other films – “Au nom du Christ” by Gnoan Roger M'Bala, “Federica de Cesco” by Nino Jacusso and “From Somewhere To Nowhere” by Villi Hermann – will be screened in the festival’s special programmes, all of which aim to portray “the condition of the world in a playful manner”.Fifty films and videos from Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America will be presented in Innsbruck, illustrating numerous facets of today’s world. The film “Glorious Exit” presents a humorous account of how Jarreth Merz, a Swiss-Nigerian actor living in Los Angeles, grapples with his heritage: as the first-born of the family, he is in charge of organising his father’s burial in Africa, a country completely unknown to him. The other Swiss film participating in the competition, “Telling Strings”, portrays the reality of a Palestinian music teacher and oud builder and his children, all of whom lead totally different lives in Israel. While the film “Au nom du Christ” (production: Amka Film, Ticino) tells of magicians in an African village, Villi Hermann accompanies the Swiss photo journalist Andreas Seibert as he travels throughout China in the film “From Somewhere To Nowhere”. In the film “Federica de Cesco” the famous author provides insight into her literary works, works that know no bounds.
Franziska Reck, producer of “Federica de Cesco”, is a member of the international jury of three at the Innsbruck Festival.
Zurich, June 8, 2009