In 2011 the young Swiss couple DANIELA WIDMER and DAVID OCH get kidnapped on their journey along the old Silk Road in Pakistan. They’re taken 500 kilometres to warlike Waziristan and handed over to the local Taliban. The two of them are living under the most precarious conditions for 8 months in hostage custody, until they finally succeed in escaping from the Taliban, as the only civilians so far.
“And Tomorrow we will be Dead” celebrated its World Premiere as Opening Film at Zurich Film Festival 2021 and is based on the true story of a Swiss couple, who managed to flee from Pakistan Taliban captivity.
DIRECTOR: Michael Steiner
VERSION: Swiss German, English & Pashtu (OV) with English Subtitles
RUNNING TIME: 115 min
RELEASE: The Walt Disney Company, Switzerland/Germany October 28, 2021
1906. Hanna Leitner, a young mother, longs for nothing more than to break free from her confining aristocratic life and society’s strictures. She abandons her family and flees to the sanatorium at Monte Verità. There, in the idyllic countryside of southern Switzerland and the passionate pursuit of her art, Hanna soon has to face making a decision that is tearing her apart: can she go back to her family without surrendering herself? Based on true events: the world’s first hippie commune. Starring well-known German actresses Julia Jentsch (“Sophie Scholl”) and Hannah Herzsprung (“Beloved Sisters”) “Monte Verita” had its World Premiere in Locarno 2021.
DIRECTOR: Stefan Jäger
VERSION: German & Italian (OV) with English, Italian & French subtitles
RUNNING TIME: 110 min
RELEASE: DCM Film Distribution, August 26, 2021 (Switzerland) | December 2, 2021 (Germany)
1958, Albania: An arranged marriage forces Luana to deny her love for Agim. To meet her father’s expectations, she almost sacrifices her love, when she realizes that the KANUN is to the benefit of men only. She has to become one of them – A man.
The director Bujar Alimani is one of the most prolific and important writer/directors of the New Albanian Cinema, who has won multiple prizes with his previous work in cinema.
DIRECTOR: Bujar Alimani
VERSION: Albanian (OV) with English subtitles
RUNNING TIME: 123 min
A penniless Soviet refugee who dreams of making a career in Hollywood at the end of the 1920s, falls in love with a wealthy young vampiress spending the summer at the seaside with her awkward servant – with unforeseen consequences.
Following the critically acclaimed “Self-Critisiscm of a Bourgeois Dog” Radlmaier’s second feature “Bloodsuckers” peremiered in Encounters at Berlinale 2021.
DIRECTOR: Julian Radlmaier
VERSION: German (OV) with French, English Subtitles
RUNNING TIME: 125 min
RELEASE: Grandfilm, Germany March 3, 2022
Bloodsuckers is certainly one of the coolest movies in recent memory in that it is unapologetically itself. It’s a unique blend of art house cinema and cult-classic-to-be that fills a void that we didn’t know existed.DISAPPOINTMENT MEDIA
Berlin Hidden Gem: Karl Marx, Sergei Eisenstein and Bourgeois Vampires Unite in 'Bloodsuckers'.THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
in the absurdly grotesque reality of Radlmeier's film, traces of Kharms' aesthetics are clearly visibleBBC WORLD SERVICE
The true stirring story of two nonconformists – an idealistic lawyer and an unpredictable criminal – in a struggle for social and personal freedom against the backdrop of the Swiss state repression in the 1980.
“Caged Birds” starring Marie Leuenberger (“Best Actress” in Tallinn 2020) is based on the fascinating and true story of Walter Stürm (Joel Basman), who became a Robin Hood-like criminal and hero of the people in Switzerland.
DIRECTOR: Oliver Rihs
VERSION: Swiss-German & German (OV) with English, French, German Subtitles
RUNNING TIME: 118 min
RELEASE: Ascot Elite, Switzerland, November 25, 2021 | Port au Prince Picture, Germany, January 2022