by Ophélie Giomataris & Mikael Zikos 
released 2022

by Maurizius Staerkle Drux
released 2022

by Manuel von Stürler
released 2021

by Ramon & Silvan Zürcher
released 2021

by Frédérique de Montblanc
released 2022

by Aya Domenig
released 2021

by Hugues Hariche
in postproduction

by Anna Luif
in postproduction

by Luka Popadic
in postproduction

by Flurin Giger
in development

by Michele Pennetta
in pre-production

by Nicole Vögele
in production

by Daniel Zimmermann
in development

by Arne Kohlweyer
in development

by Daniel Zimmerman
released 2018

by Nicole Vögele
released 2018

by Samara Grace Chadwick
released 2018

by Matthias Günter & Andy Herzog
released 2016

Released:

MICHEL COMTE New Light

A TV-Doc by Ophélie Giomatris in collaboration with Mikael Zikos (CH 2022 / 51′)

Michel Comte had played in the big league when all the stars posed for his camera. But for several years now, he has been reinventing himself as a committed contemporary artist. The independent documentary MICHEL COMTE NEW LIGHT is an updated portrait of this passionate adventurer.

TV-Broadcasts
SRF 1, Sunday 30. October 2022 at 12h00 Sternstunde Kunst
3 SAT, Satuday 5. November 2022 at 21h50 

Replay SRF 1, Sunday 13. November at 12h00

The Swiss director Ophélie Giomataris and Mikael Zikos (B) are two polyglot filmmakers. While Ophélie is in charge of directing and cinematography, Mikael is responsible for editorial content and sound. They have worked for various television stations (ARTE, M6, TV5 Monde).

Sírírí

THE CARDINAL & THE IMAM

A documentary by Manuel von Stürler (CH 2021 / 76′)

Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. Rebels are instrumentalizing religion and pushing Christians and Muslims to kill each other. Together with Imam Kobine Lamaya, Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga implores the people not to succumb to the trap of this repetitive scenarios. A film about an unusual duet that strikes realities not only in Africa.

World Premiere at the Vatican on September (2021) / 57e Journée de Soleure (2022)  Human Rights Film Festival Berlin (2021) / Festival Ciné Droit Libre – Ouagadougou (2021) 44. Biberacher Filmfestspiele (2022) / Filmoteca Vaticana (2021)

 

 

Director of WINTER NOMADE, film presented at the Berlinale in 2012 and winner of many awards, (including the prize of the European Film Academy), Manuel von Stürler presented his latest film LUST FOR SIGHT / LA FUREUR DE VOIR at Visions du Réel 2017 in Nyon, at the festivals of Locarno, Belgrade, Sydney, New York etc.

l’art du silence

 A documentary by Maurizius Staerkle Drux (CH 2022 / 81′)

With his gestures and facial expressions alone, the mime Marcel Marceau captured audiences around the globe for decades. But the tragic background behind his work has remained hidden for a long time. THE ART OF SILENCE sheds new light on his life and unique art form, which his family and companions keep alive to this day.

In coproduction with Lichtblick GmbH (GER) (ZDF/ARTE)
Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF/RTS)

Maurizius Staerkle Drux (CH/GER) has graduated at the Zurich University of Arts. His debut film THE BÖHMS – ARCHITECTURE OF A FAMILY is presented in more than 30 countries, has won several awards and is one of the five most successful documentary films in Germany in 2015.

Das Mädchen und die Spinne
The Girl and the Spider

A fiction feature by Ramon & Silvan Zürcher (CH 2021 / 98′)

Lisa is moving out. Mara is left behind. As boxes are shifted, walls painted and cupboards built, abysses begin to open up, yearnings fill the room and an emotional rollercoaster is set in motion. A tragicomic catastrophe film. A poetic ballad about change and transience.

Coproduction with SRF
Released 2021 / Theatrical Release Switzerland (2021)
BEST DIRECTOR AWARD / ENCOUNTERS BERLINALE 2021
FIPRESCI AWARD / ENCOUNTERS BERLINALE 2021 

The Swiss twin brothers Ramon and Silvan Zürcher compose a poetic panopticon of forms of human relationships, that meanders between a study of everyday life, a fairy-tale and a psychological portrait of a brittle world. After their Berlinale-hit “The Strange Little Cat” (2013), “The Girl and the Spider” is the second instalment of a trilogy about human togetherness. A ballad about the need for closeness and the pain of separation.

Dragon Women

Un documentaire de Frédérique de Montblanc (B) (CH/BE/DE/KR / 83′)

Encore stigmatisées comme des « dragon women », les femmes gravitant dans les hautes sphères de la finance sont en infime minorité. Tourné à New-York, Londres, Genève et Paris, ce documentaire dresse une série de portraits intimistes de dirigeantes du milieu de la banque d’investissement, âgées de 26 à 58 ans. Filmées au travail, chez elles et durant leurs loisirs, elles nous montreront la face cachée du pouvoir, leurs mécanismes de survie et les stratagèmes dont elles usent pour se frayer un chemin dans l’un des secteurs les plus compétitifs qui soient.

En coproduction avec Savage Film (B), Seesaw (Corée du Sud), RTBF et RTS

Distributeur international Rise & Shine

Festivals: Docville, Visions Du Réel, Dock.Fest Munich 2022

Released 2022

Frédérique de Montblanc est née à Bruxelles et a étudié à l’Université Concordia à Montréal (BFA) puis à CalArts à Los Angeles (MFA). Son court métrage MALTA KANO, TX, créé avec le chorégraphe Dominic Walsh, a été présenté en première au Festival du court métrage de Bruxelles en 2015 ainsi qu’au Festival Tous Courts (Aix-en-Provence) et au Dancescreen Festival (Londres).

WALDEN

by Daniel Zimmermann (CH 2018 / 106′)

In the forest of the Catholic Monastery of Admont in Austria, a fir tree is felled and processed into planks of wood. By train, truck, boat and finally by hand, the stack is transported to a mysterious destination right in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest. The wooden planks’ trajectory corresponds to one of the central, raw materials trade routes, however in reversed direction of transport.

The film is a meditative and subtle comment on the absurdity of the economic rationale that underlies our globalised world. Each sequence of shots corresponds to a stage in the process. By means of thirteen 360-degree shots, the Swiss filmmaker Daniel Zimmermann clears a paradoxical pathway into the logic of globalised trade routes.

Coproduction with Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Special Jury Award Karlovy Vary Festival 2018 / Emerging Swiss Talent Award Zurich Film Festival                           Festivals: Sundance / Rotterdam / Solothurn / etc.

 

also available: WALDEN  – Ein Kunstprojekt (2018 / Doc TV 52′)
Broadcasted: SRF Sternstunde / 14.10.2018

Die Arbeiten des Schweizer Künstlers Daniel Zimmermann basieren auf fiktionalem Aktionismus im Bereich der visuellen und der performativen Kunst. Seine Kurzfilme DOWNHILL SKIING (2007) und STICK CLIMBING (2010) wurden mehrfach ausgezeichnet und zu Filmfestival-Lieblingen. Sein Debütfilm WALDEN (2018) gewann den Special Jury Award in Karlovy Vary und den Emerging Swiss Talent Award am Zürich Filmfestival und lief weltweit an rund 50 Festivals.

Closing Time

by Nicole Vögele (CH 2018 / 116′)

Mr. Kuo and his wife Mrs. Lin cook for the city’s sleepless. They work all night and sleep during the day, like many others in buzzing Taipei. One morning, riding back from the market, Mr. Kuo takes a different exit on the highway and journeys to the sea.

CLOSING TIME is a cinematographic meditation on the in-between moments – a kaleidoscopic journey that relies on colours, sensations, animals, typhoons and a dark lilac sky – the materials of life. An attempt at capturing time, an exercise in seeing.

Coproduction with Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg


Special Jury Award, Concorso Cineasti del presente, Festival Locarno 2018
Festival Scope Award 2018
Festivals: IDFA / Art of the Real / RIDM / etc.
Cinema release Switzerland: Mars 2019, by Xenix Filmdistribution

1999 – Wish you were here

by Samara Grace Chadwick (CAN/CH 2018 / 90′)

Une cinéaste retourne dans sa ville natale pour découvrir les souvenirs d’une vague de suicides qui a secoué son lycée en 1999. Aucun de ses anciens camarades de classe n’en a parlé jusqu’à présent – bien que chacun d’entre eux ait gardé ses archives personnelles de l’époque. Leurs souvenirs révèlent une histoire beaucoup plus complexe et convaincante que ce à quoi elle s’attendait. 1999 est une invitation à traverser le silence du chagrin.

Minority coproduction with Parabola Films (CAN), NFB/ONF (CAN) and Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Compétition Vision du Réel 2018, Hot Docs 2018

Cinema release Switzerland: August 2018, by Xenix Filmdistributin

 

Typiquement suisse ?
Typisch Schweiz?
Tipicamente svizzero?

de Matthias Günther & Andy Herzog (CH 2016 / 2 x 52′)

Qu’est-ce qui est typiquement suisse ? Les mauvaises langues prétendent que le fait de poser inlassablement cette question est, justement, typiquement suisse. Dans la mini-série documentaire Typiquement suisse ?, trois reporters sillonnent le pays dans le cadre d’une mission cruciale : à l’aide de statistiques, ils veulent savoir ce que signifie être typiquement suisse. Ce documentaire en deux parties (2 x 52’) est une recherche empirico-ironique de la spécificité suisse.

Une commande de la Radio Télévision Suisse / en coproduction avec Lomotion Bern

Diffusion sur SRF, RTS, RSI, RSR 2016
Festival de Soleure 2017

STILLE ÜBER FUKUSHIMA

Ein TV-Dokumentarfilm von Aya Domenig (CH 2021/ 52′)

Ten years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Summer Olympics in Tokyo are just around the corner. On this occasion, the country wants to show itself in the best light. But what has happened to all the people who ten years ago not only ran along in the streets, but fought on the front lines for a ” new Japan ” ?

Broadcasted on:
SRF1 /  RTS2 / 
3 Sat  / RSI LA 1 / SRF / RTS / RSI

 

Aya Domenig schloss graduated in Film Studies, Ethnology and Japanese Studies from the University of Zurich. Her thesis film HARU ICHIBAN was screened at various international film festivals and was awarded the Prix Cinécinéma at the Premier Plans film festival in Angers. Her first feature-length documentary ALS DIE SONNE VOM HIMMEL FIEL celebrated its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival (Semaine de la Critique) in 2015 and was awarded the Swiss Film Prize for ” Best Film Score ” in 2016.

In production / development:

Die grosse Übung

Ein Dokumentarfilm von Luka Popadić
DIE GROSSE ÜBUNG  gibt einen längst überfälligen cineastischen Einblick in die Realitäten der Schweizer Armee. Spannend, zeitgemäss – und menschlich.
In postproduction

Luka Popadić wurde 1980 in Baden geboren und wuchs dort auf. 2014 hat er die Filmregieausbildung  in Belgrad abgeschlossen. Als Regieassistent arbeitete er in Chicago und Berlin und als Offizier der Schweizer Armee nahm er an Einsätzen in Bosnien & Herzegowina teil. Seine Spiel- und Dokumentarfilme wurden an über 100 Festivals weltweit gezeigt und mehrfach ausgezeichnet.

 

 

Rivière

Un long-métrage de fiction de Hugues Hariche et Joanne Giger

Après une fugue pour essayer de retrouver son père qui reste introuvable, Manon (17) parvient à se libérer de ce lien familial et à se reconstruire de manière inattendue afin de renouer avec son rêve : devenir hockeyeuse professionnelle.

En coproduction avec Les Films d’Argile (F) et RTS

En post-production

Hugues Hariche est un auteur-réalisateur franco-suisse. Ses précédents courts métrages METROPOLIS (2015) et FLOW (2012) étaient sélectionnés et primés dans plusieurs festivals internationaux. Hugues a été résident des Ateliers « Premiers Plans » d’Angers et du Berlinale Talent Campus.

LES HISTOIRES D’AMOUR DE LIV S.

A fiction feature by Anna Luif

Liv Sandor (40), following an argument with her boyfriend, sets off to wander the city, observing passers-by and reminiscing about her past loves. In all her relationships, there was always a turning point, when things started going downhill. LES HISTOIRES D’AMOUR DE LIV S. is about Liv’s tragic-comical trajectory and learning to love on life’s emotional rollercoasters.

In coproduction with SRF and blue

In postproduction

Anna Luif (CH ) completed her film studies in Zurich. Her short film SUMMERTIME won more than 20 awards. She then directed the feature films LITTLE GIRL BLUE, released in cinemas in 2003 after a large festival success. 2010 followed MADLY IN LOVE.

CHARMING MARY

A fiction feature by Arne Kohlweyer

17-year-old Amish girl Hannah and her family cross the Ocean aboard the Queen Mary II. They plan to visit Switzerland (the origin country of their religion). Hannah is forced to confront her expelled older sister and make the choice of her life: staying with the rest of her family or live freely… 

In development

Arne Kohlweyer was born in 1981 in Wolgast (D). In 2008 he finished film directing at FAMU in Prague. He has made various short films, directed for German television and got nominated for the Grimme-Award.

The White Club

A fiction feature by Michele Pennetta

Marco is barely more than a kid when Ofelia, the owner of the luxury White Club near Trieste, asks him to drive to Belgrade to smuggle two Albanian girls through the Balkan route.

In pre-production

Born in Varese (Italy) in 1984, Michele Pennetta obtained a master in filmmaking in the university of Art and Design of Geneva (HEAD) and of Lausanne (ECAL) in 2010. In 2013, he directed the medium-lengh documentary ‘A IUCATA which won the Pardino d’Oro in Locarno Film Festival, the Best Film Award in Festival dei Popoli in Florence and was nominated as best swiss short film by the Swiss Film Academy.

DER WURF

Ein Nonfiction-Kinofilm von Daniel Zimmermann

Eine der beharrlichsten Visionen der Moderne ist die Vernichtung der Welt. Um diese zu verhindern, entwickelt DER WURF Strategien, die aus blossen Zuschauern engagierte Menschen machen.

In Entwicklung

Die Arbeiten des Schweizer Künstlers Daniel Zimmermann basieren auf fiktionalem Aktionismus im Bereich der visuellen und der performativen Kunst. Seine Kurzfilme DOWNHILL SKIING (2007) und STICK CLIMBING (2010) wurden mehrfach ausgezeichnet und zu Filmfestival-Lieblingen. Sein Debütfilm WALDEN (2018) gewann den Special Jury Award in Karlovy Vary und den Emerging Swiss Talent Award am Zürich Filmfestival und lief weltweit an rund 50 Festivals.

A year without summer

A film by Flurin Giger

1815 – The Indonesian volcano Tambora erupts. The ejected ashes create an invisible veil that slowly envelops the globe. One year later. Somewhere in Europe lives Anna (16), the oldest daughter of a large peasant family.The young peasant girl and her family face a year without summer.

Selected at Cinéfondation Cannes Résidences 2022, Torino Film Lab 

In development

FLURIN GIGER, born in 1995, grew up in the Swiss mountains as part of a big family, being one of seven siblings. At the age of 16, he studied to become an actor and starred in several films. After finishing his degree, he began to work as a writer and director. His first short film RUAH premiered at the Venice International Film Festival 2016. In 2018, his second short film SCHÄCHER premiered in the Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival. A Year Without Summer is his first feature film.

Landschaft und Wahn

A documentary by Nicole Vögele

The region around the Bosnian-Croatian border near Velika Kladuša is the starting point for this cinematographic essay on questions of home, escape, violence and also everyday life and coincidence. It is about scars that break open, war memories that are awakened, profound encounters between people. A kaleidoscope of landscape and delusion.

In production

Nicole Vögele is an independent filmmaker and journalist, based in Zurich and Berlin. In 2010 she graduated at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. For Swiss television SRF, she directed various TV reports in Switzerland and on the European borders. Her short films, FRAU LOOSLI (2013) and INTO THE INNARDS (2014) were premiered at international film festivals. Her first documentary feature, NEBEL, premiered in 2014 at Berlinale and CLOSING TIME was awarded at Locarno Film Festival in 2018.

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Beauvoir Films was founded in 2016 in Geneva. The company produces author-driven documentary and fiction features for festival and theatrical releases as well as TV. We work with directors who have a distinct visual narrative approach and strive to push the boundaries of storytelling in compelling and creative ways.

Beauvoir Films
14, Rue des Cèdres
CH-1203 Genève
info(at)beauvoirfilms.ch

Aline Schmid (Producer)

After graduating from the University of Freiburg, Aline Schmid studied scriptwriting in Stuttgart. With Intermezzo Films she has produced several creative documentaries and fiction features, such as SONITA (Sundance / IDFA), BROKEN LAND (Locarno / Rotterdam), CANTOS (Dok.Munich /Mostra Sao Paulo) and HORIZONTES (KVIFF). She participated in the programs Emerging Producer (Jihlava 2013) and Producer on the Move (Cannes 2015) and was invited as a jury member to Karlovy Vary and Locarno Film Festival in 2019.

Adrian Blaser (Producer)

Adrian Blaser works for international productions since 2001. In 2007, he produces at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade. He becomes 2011 executive producer of Bande à part Films in Lausanne with Ursula Meier, Lionel Baier, Jean-Stéphane Bron and Frédéric Mermoud (THE PARIS OPERA, THE BLOCHER EXPERIENCE, MOKA, BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO etc.). He joins Beauvoir in 2017.

Olga Mosicheva-Prot (Office administrator)

Olga Mosicheva-Prot graduated from the National Film University (VGIK) in Moscow, where she obtained a BA in Film history and Film criticism and then obtained a MA from the University of Lausanne (CH Cinema Network). She worked as a production assistant and a script editor for movies and TV films. She is a part of Beauvoir Films since 2022.