Shorts Attack in January 2012:
The Swiss are a funny lot: Indulge in this exquisite assortment of Swiss treats!
Classics and new films in a wild mix of styles and languages deal with alpine excursions, domestic disasters, foreign encounters, self-reflection, skiing, classical music, the beast inside contemporaries (as well as their madness) and a whole load of aesthetically-sophisticated mischief. Brace yourself for an adventurous trek between emotional peaks and urban gorges!
After the astounding success of the four Swiss Focus programmes shown at last November’s 27th International Short Film Festival Berlin, Shorts Attack aims to spread the Swiss vibe out into the wide, wide world. So, re-examine your Heidi clichés and take yourself off to Switzerland!
DIE SEILBAHN / THE CABLE CAR
Claudius Gentinetta & Frank Braun, Switzerland 2008, Animation, 7 min
[ cable car – comedy ]
A portion of snuff tobacco leads to catastrophe for an old man in a mountain cable car…
GEHRIG KOMMT! / HERE COMES GEHRIG!
Marc Schippert, Switzerland 2008, Short Fiction, 15 min
[ panic film ]
A man prepares for the event of a nuclear war and builds a fallout shelter. But the thought of having to share the shelter with his neighbour drives him insane and has unfortunate consequences…
Philip Hofmänner, Switzerland 2011, Animation, 6 min
[ urban melancholia ]
The wheel of time marches relentlessly on for a man and woman who, after finding one another, are unable to remain together.
30 SEKUNDEN SCHWEIZ / 30 SECONDS OF SWITZERLAND
Chris Niemeyer, Switzerland 2005, Documentary, 1 min
[ money film ]
Switzerland in a 30 second overview of valuable holdings – added up and precisely labelled: The country and its finances.
LIQUID ASSETS – GELD STINKT NICHT
François Rossier, Switzerland/ England 1993, Short Fiction, 8 min
[ culinary thriller ]
An exclusive restaurant’s dark secret: There’s no toilet paper left and only the service team know how the elegant patrons will solve the problem.
HEIMATLAND / HOMELAND
Elena Madrid, Andrea Schneider, Marius Portmann, Fabio Friedli, Switzerland 2010, Animation, 6 min
[ homeland film ]
A Swiss patriot lives an orderly and satisfying life within his modest four walls. Everything seems harmonious until the day a foreigner moves in next door.
IL NEIGE A MARRAKESH
Hicham Alhayat, Switzerland 2006, Short Fiction, 15 min
[ travel film ]
In order to fulfil his father’s dying wish to ski in Switzerland, a man puts his imaginative powers to work and sets the scene for a magical and unforgettable day.
LA JEUNE FILLE ET LES NUAGES
Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland 2000, Animation, 4 min
[ fantastic fairytale ]
Clouds tell the story of Cinderella’s adventures.
Rafael Sommerhalder, England / Switzerland 2009, Animation, 6 min
[ urban nature parody]
A howling wolf, an embarrassing incident and a missed opportunity. Love is made of courage.
DER SKIFAHRER / THE SKIER
Martin Guggisberg, Switzerland 2005, Short Fiction, 7 min
[ sports film with unexpected damages ]
A scruffy dog, an over-stuffed garbage bag, a snowboarding video and a skier at the wrong place at the wrong time all lead Rosemarie’s life to suddenly spin out of control and onto an entirely new track.
Daniel Zwimpfer, Switzerland 2008, Animation, 4 min
[ epic olfactory organ ]
Manfred has a habit of sucking things up through his nose. When his bride disappears up his nose at their wedding, he finally realises that something must be done about it.
Lukas Egger, Switzerland 2011, Animation, 6 min
[ music adventure film ]
A concert at a mountain top hotel is about to begin but the hotel manager slams the door in the band’s face. Refusing to be put off, the band ventures a spontaneous hike through a hair-raising assortment of Swiss clichés.
Rolf Hellat, Switzerland 2009, Short Fiction, 1 min
[ concert film ]
The senior citizen’s orchestra rehearses a really extreme piece…
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