Script/Director: Valerie Blankenbyl
In co-production with Golden Girls Film, Austria (Karin C. Berger, Arash T. Riahi) and
SRF/SRG & ORF
World Sales: Deckert Distribution
Premiere: Visions du Réel Nyon, April 2021
Welcome to Florida’s Friendliest Hometown. The Bubble explores senior citizen life within The Villages, America’s largest retirement community; a 84-square kilometer, sun-drenched, beautifully maintained, gated Floridian paradise housing over 150,000 retirees.
Retired life beneath the year-round Floridian sunshine however, is not perhaps as idyllic, or as welcomed, as many ageing Villagers and viewers may imagine.
The Bubble offers viewers an engaging, provocative yet compassionate contemplation of American ways of life, ageing, and death.
LOST IN PARADISE
Evžen (38), a Swiss-Czech, lives a bohemian life in Prague, the city his father emigrated from in 1968 to escape Communism. He has founded his own music club and his life seems to be at its peak as his nightclub is a success and he has just started a romance with Anna, a woman that deeply intrigues him. But an unexpected journey back to Switzerland confronts him with the smuggled crocodile Karlchen, the grotesque charm of the bourgeoisie and the lie his father has built his exile life on.
Script/Director: Fiona Ziegler
With: Dominique Jann, Hanka Vagnerová, Ivan Pokorný, Andri Schenardi, Heidi Maria Glössner, Peter Jecklin
In co-production with Cinémotif Films (Kristýna Michálek Květová)
Distribution: Frenetic Films
THE DRIVEN ONES
A generation portrait in which we follow the lives of five international economy students from their studies at the University of St. Gallen over the course of five years: during their academic education, in their private lives and the first years of their professional careers.
Script/Director: Piet Baumgartner
ONCE WE WERE PITMEN
In times of society conflicts around climate change and gender identities, several miners embark on a tragic and humorous journey to begin a new chapter in their lives, triggered by the closure of their anachronistic place of work: The last underground coal mine in Germany.
Script/Director: Christian J. Koch & Jonas Matauschek
In co-production with Elemag (Tanja Georgieva), ZDF, SRF/SRG
Adam and Helena spend their traditional summer holidays together with friends in southern Italy by the sea. When their son Finn collapses on his way home from the beach it is a shock for everyone involved. Although the boy is well again the next day the incident lingers and triggers an existential crisis for the parents. Old role patterns come to light and Helena and Adam are forced to make a decision: Do they deepen their bond by being radically honest with each other or is their marriage at an end?
Script: Samuel Perriard & Markus Ziegler
Director: Samuel Perriard
Cast: Julia Jentsch, Florian Lukas, Sami Loris & Sarah Hostettler
In co-production with Helios Sustainable Films, Italy (Martin Rattini), SRG/SRF
50 MILES FROM BOOMTOWN
After years of saving for her hard-earned dream, the only woman working on the fracking fields of North Dakota can finally quit but unexpectedly finds herself falling in love with the young man she’s training to take her place.
Script: Flo Baumann
ONE MORE DOWN
Script/Director: Lisa Gertsch
In co-production with ZHdK Filippo Bonacci
As a damage evaluator for an insurance company, MILA treats her clients like royalty. But at the same time she suspects them all of insurance fraud – on principle. And this superficial ambivalence is also reflected in Mila's private life. When she breaks her foot, the façade of a secure life which she has constructed with such a huge effort gradually begins to crumble. Mila is plunged deeper and deeper into an identity crisis which is interpreted by those around her as a sickness, to be cured. Only when Mila falls in love with FREDDIE, a man who long ago turned his back on high-performance society, does she begin to feel she has found her place.
The family stability of Esme, a Salvadorian teenager, is shattered when her father suddenly dies and her mother is thrown into prison. Esme decides to put on her father's costume, to bet everything on her great ability to endure pain and to take part in a Lucha Libre competition. She hopes to win the prize money to be able to bail out her mother.
Script: Klaudia Reynicke & Diego Vega
Director: Klaudia Reynicke
In co-production with Cinédokké Sagl (Michela Pini)
Script/Director: Pascal Reinmann
Nico Stettler runs a car repair business and is an active member of a local carnival brass band. He grew up in the community and over time, he has adapted himself to the norms of the Swiss midlands – a life hidden behind a mask.
However, Nico’s steady life gets disrupted through the return of his childhood friend Max. When Nico’s apprentice claims that Max sexually harassed him, Nico’s mask begins to slip. At the same time, the arrival of carnival transforms the Swiss midlands into a four-day long state of ecstasy. Before long, Nico’s need for belonging and his yearning for social status reveal moral abysses, since he tries everything to be part of the community again.
Script: Christa Capaul
Idea & Research: Tanja Meding
Zurich, 1853, Emilie Spyri, the niece of famous author Johanna Spyri, is born into one of the most exciting time in Swiss society.
Strong willed and extremely gifted, Emilie is the apple of her father's eye, but has a very different idea of life than society accepts her to have. She not only marries the freethinker Walter Kempin against her fathers will but also enrolls at the law school at the University of Zurich. A decision with far reaching consequences as her father withholds her dowry.
In spite of having three children, she soon earns her doctorate as the first Swiss and European female lawyer ever! Thus she has already exceeded too many limits from a male perspective. Her will to change society, especially the status of women, must be broken.
SCHOOL OF CHAMPIONS
SCHOOL OF CHAMPIONS is a coming-of-age-action-drama series about a group of young athletes and their mentors, all struggling to succeed in a highly competitive total institution: an elite boarding school for future world ski-champions.
Fiction / 8 x 45',
COMING OF AGE ACTION DRAMA SERIES
Script: Clemens Aufderklamm
In co-production with Superfilm Austria (John Lüftner) & ORF
FIO LINA AND THE MAESTRO
The three episodes of Fio Lina and the Maestro tell of the adventures of the music witch Fio Lina with the maestro of an instrument orchestra in the world of classical music in a humorous, warm-hearted way.
Animation / 3 x 25'
Script: Matthias Keilich
Character Design: Lena von Döhren
Background Design: Oswald Iten
Based on the THE WITCH AND THE MAESTRO, A Musical Fairy Tale by Howard Griffiths.
Nato bombing of Serbia in 1999. James, a young journalist on his first deployment abroad, is faced with the absurd reality of news production and is forced to choose between his career and his moral code.
Script/Director: Luka Popadić
In co-production with Prababa Production Belgrade
THE LAST ASCENT
Alberto and Susana, married for 60 years, have lived their daily lives in Tepoztlán the same way for decades. Hand in hand they cope with the hard work in the fields and in the house. Their relationship now has noticeable scars. There seems to be no trace of love any more. One last project unites the two: on their anniversary they want to climb "their" mountain once again.
Script/Director: Remo Scherrer
A school of fish is out at sea. When the school is attacked by hungry seagulls, one of the fish flees towards the shore. The tide is out and the fish finds itself cut off from the sea in a tidal pool.
The inhabitants of the pond eye the intruder curiously and defend their territory in their own way. Suddenly a seagull appears and it becomes dangerous for the animals. With their combined strength, they manage to drive the troublemaker away.
Script/Director: Lena von Döhren & Eva Rust