Film Countries Archives: Switzerland

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Action [short film]

  Benoît Monney

  Switzerland     5 minutes

Synopsis

A film director struggles through a day of chaotic, unforeseen problems.

This film screens as part of Shorts 6: Risible (Comedy)

 English, French 

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The Record [short film]

  Jonathan Laskar

  Switzerland     9 minutes

Synopsis

An antique instrument dealer receives a magical vinyl record from a traveler.

This film screens as part of Shorts 2: Expansions (Animation)

 French 

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Collection of four comedic film stills representing Shorts Program 6

Shorts 6: Risible (Comedy)

  Various

  Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States     65 minutes

Synopsis

These impressive comedic shorts pack a punch and make it hard to hold in your laughter. Featuring works from Benoît Monney, Jon Olav Stokke, Fawzia Mirza, Victor Nyåker, Natalie Prisco, Anastasia Babenko, and Duro Howard Jr.

A film director struggles through a day of chaotic, unforeseen problems in Action (Switzerland). In Deloping (UK), Mary and Emma will settle their differences the only way they know how: a duel to the death! The day after meeting a crew of twenty somethings at a South Asian happy hour, 39-year-old Hena is thrown into their group chat in Auntie (US). In Circle of Trust (Sweden), Sonja and Per meet to create a space where they safely can explore sides of themselves that they suppress in their everyday lives. A bored middle-aged woman desperate for an adrenaline rush becomes entangled with a crew of dangerous diamond thieves in The Hostage (US). In a tiny hospital room, Vitya and Lena have no choice but to grow up as they welcome their newborn in The Diaper Cake (Ukraine). Experience the World—The Train (US) is an absurdist, soft-spoken journey along the Chicago red line train during rush hour.

Screenings & Events

Screening

Fri, Oct 21 @ 5:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available to stream anywhere in the United States.

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Collection of four animated film stills representing Shorts Program 2

Shorts 2: Expansions (Animation)

  Various

  Portugal, Switzerland, United States     73 minutes

Synopsis

This group of animated shorts stirs the imagination and offers heroic stories of rituals. Featuring works by Jeff Le Bars and Jérémie Balais, João Gonzalez, Ahmad Saleh, David Doutel and Vasco Sá, Jonathan Laskar, and Sara Gunnarsdóttir.

In New Moon (U.S.), inner city dreams are illuminated in this imaginative surrealist journey narrated by Colman Domingo. A father and son are a pair of Ice Merchants (Portugal), who parachute from their cliffside house to sell their wares to the village below. A sleepless mother searches for her missing child in war-torn Palestine with the help of the Night (Palestine) sky. Joel and his horse, working under the blazing sun, discover a man attempting to start a forest fire in Garrano (Portugal). In The Record (Switzerland), an antique instrument dealer receives a magical vinyl record from a traveler. In the early ’90s, an imaginative 15-year-old searches for her ultimate paramour but struggles to balance the real world and her grandiose fantasies in My Year of Dicks (U.S.)

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 2:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available to stream anywhere in the United States.

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Under the Fig Trees

  Erige Sehiri

  Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar     92 minutes

Synopsis

A truck filled with workers—women and men, young and old—arrives at an orchard at dawn. The youngest among them head up into the trees to pick figs under the watchful eye of the foreman. They are restless and eager in the summer heat, stealing away from work to catch up, gossip, squabble, and flirt. Over the course of a day in the harvest, each encounter between the workers on the cusp of adulthood is ripe with discovery and connection, as the older women share songs and reminiscences of lives lived and loves lost. Sun-dappled and sensual, Erige Sehiri’s fiction debut captures the promise of first love, the ephemerality of youth, and the sorrows of life with remarkable intimacy and tenderness.

 Arabic with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 6:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Sehiri Erige
*Subject to change

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 1:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Sehiri Erige
*Subject to change

Media

Film Credits

  •   Erige Sehiri, Didar Domehri
  •   Erige Sehiri, Ghalya Lacroix, Peggy Hamann
  •   Erige Sehiri, Hafedh Laaridhi, Ghalya Lacroix
  •   Frida Marzouk
  •   Fide Fdhili, Feten Fdhili, Ameni Fdhili, Samar Sifi, Leila Ouhebi, Hneya Ben Elhedi Sbahi, Gaith Mendassi, Abdelhak Mrabti, Fedi Ben Achour, Firas Amri
  •   Aymen Laabidi
  •   Heina Production, Maneki Films