Great interest in Swiss films at film festival in St. Petersburg
As many as eleven Swiss film productions will be screened at the 3rd International Film Festival "Time To Live", which runs in St. Petersburg from March 28 to April 6, 2008. The festival, which is devoted to issues such as “anxiety in society” and “social problems of the youth”, will screen the fiction film “Sonntag”, directing debut of film editor Simon Keller, in the international competition.The film “Sonntag” (production: Filmschmiede, Bülach) was released in 2007 and tells the story of a young suicide-watch patient, Maria, whose greatest wish is to experience a normal life for one week. She escapes from the psychiatric clinic with the help of her nurse.
Further Swiss film productions which examine and provide insight into how adolescents and young adults deal with the environment, violence and death are the following documentary films: “Zum Abschied Mozart” by Christian Labhart (Filmkollektiv, Zurich); “Faustrecht” by Bernhard Weber and Robi Müller (Zeitraum Film, Zurich); “Chrigu” by Jan Gassmann & Christian Ziörjen (Diagonal, Zurich); “Zeit des Abschieds” by Mehdi Sahebi (Cineworx, Basel); and the short fiction film “Ménagerie Intérieure” by Nadège de Benoît Luthy (Blow Up Film Production, Geneva). In addition, two other Swiss film productions – “La Reina del Condòn” by Silvana Ceschi and Reto Stamm (Dschoint Ventschr, Zurich) and “Las camas solas” by Sandra Gomez (Peacock, Zurich) – analyze the reality of life for youth in Cuba, whereas the two documentary films – “Ein Lied für Argyris” by Stefan Haupt (Fontana Film, Zurich) and “Hidden Heart” by Cristina Karrer and Werner Schweizer (Dschoint Ventschr, Zurich) – approach the festival themes in St. Petersburg from a historical perspective. The cinematic portrait of artist “Josephsohn Bildhauer” by Laurin Merz and Mathias Kälin (Catpics, Zurich) round off this strong Swiss presence in St. Petersburg.
Zurich, March 27, 2008