Just 3 months after the last edition, characterized by a great success with the public, Cinema Svizzero in Venice returns to light up the screens of Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, seat of the Swiss Consulate in Venice, with a program entirely dedicated to Swiss cinema speaking French on the occasion of Venise pour la francophonie. The unprecedented Spring Edition is the forerunner of the 12th edition of Cinema Svizzero in Venice, which is already proclaiming itself as the richest ever with 2 other appointments scheduled for the summer and the end of the year. 5 feature films on the program (4 films of the current season and 1 “classic”), expression of the creative vivacity of French-speaking Swiss cinema, between fiction and documentary cinema, and with a great variety of genres, from contemporary to “historical” drama from comedy to satire.
The event, curated by Massimiliano Maltoni, opens on Monday 27 March at 6 pm in the presence of the Genevan producer Flavia Zanon, with a greeting from the added Consul General of Switzerland in Milan, Sandra Caluori. This is followed by the captivating Foudre, the debut work by director Carmen Jaquier, which signs a visually sumptuous historical drama that explodes in the colors of the Swiss mountains. Double appointment, Tuesday 28 March, with the documentary État de nécessité, which will be presented at 6 pm, in preview for Italy, by the director Stéphane Goël. The film confronts us with a real planetary emergency, that of climate change, and tells of the vicissitudes of a group of young activists and their lawyers who fight with great courage to raise public awareness and the federal government to take measures to safeguard our future. In the evening, at 21, an authentic gem of Swiss cinema of yesteryear that shines again thanks to the recent restoration of the Cinémathèque Suisse, L’Inconnu de Shandigor, a crazy and visionary spy story that in one fell swoop makes fun of obsessions of Switzerland in the late 1960s and the 007-esque spy films that were hugely successful at the time. Under the banner of “feminine gazes”, the closing day, Wednesday 29 March, opens at 6 pm with the irresistible comedy Last Dance, second work by Delphine Lehericey, a great success in Piazza Grande at the last Locarno Film Festival. With the complicity and choreography of La Ribot, Golden Lion at the Biennale Danza 2020, Lehericey signs with a light touch and great depth a love story at times even irreverent, on the strength and ability of feelings to go beyond time . To conclude the spring interlude, at 21, La Ligne, yet another masterpiece by Ursula Meier, spearhead of European auteur cinema, with an extraordinary Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.
Free admission until all available seats are filled.