Irène Schweizer

Irène Schweizer

Documentary, 75 min.


by Gitta Gsell

Switzerland, October 2005

Music is and always has been Irene Schweizer’s whole life. In her film, Gsell gets some rare one-to-one time with the internationally renowned Swiss pianist Irene Schweizer, whose music has roots in Jazz and improvisational music. The film gives a fascinating insight into the life of a great artist, where friendship and relationships always take second place to the music, shunted between foreign tour dates and rehearsals, between inspiration and creation. Music has inspired Schweizer to great heights, sometimes followed by deep loneliness. However, Schweizer’s grand piano – her partner – is always there for her.


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Directed by: Gitta Gsell
Written by: Gitta Gsell

World Premiere: October 2005
Original Version: Swiss-German/German/English (german subtitles), colour, DVD, 75 min.


Production: RECK Filmproduktion, Mirapix GmbH, SRG SSR, Teleclub AG, SRF/3sat

Cinematography: Hansueli Schenkel
Editing: Kamal Musale
Sound: Dieter Meyer
Music: Irène Schweizer, Maggie Nicols, Joëlle Léandre, Pierre Favre, Louis Moholo, Han Bennink, Jürg Wickihalder, Hamid Drake, Fred Anderson, La Lupa, Co Streiff

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World Rights: RECK Filmproduktion

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Distribution Switzerland: Filmcoopi Zürich AG