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Entlebuch is a region rich with ancient traditions. Robert Müller helps us discover the method of making charcoal from wood, a handcrafted method that is truly an art and a science at the same time. The emphasis on the transmission of this know-how works particularly well in this film. It is not only a question of keeping traditions alive, for it places man in a symbiotic relationship with nature: the charcoal-making becomes a very modern alternative for energy production, and not just a curiosity restricted to folk museums. Müller’s realist depiction of this regional phenomenon is joined with a poetic treatment of the images – also thanks to Pio Corradi’s splendid camerawork –, which are accompanied by the exceptional work on the sound and by Fritz Hauser’s inspiring music. (GDS)

First published: January 14, 2018

Köhlernächte | Film | Robert Müller | CH 2018 | 93’ | Solothurner Filmtage 2018

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