Schweizer Jugendfilmtage 2020

A selection of wonderful discoveries at the Schweizer Jugendfilmtage 2020 after its entirely online version, curated by Ruth Baettig and Giuseppe Di Salvatore, with contributions from Giuseppe Di Salvatore (GDS) and Laura Davis (LD).

Categories A and B

Category C

Category D

Category E

Anaïs Moog | CH 2019 | 13’09’’ | Schweizer Jugendfilmtage (Cat. E) | Pardino d'argento at Locarno Film Festival 2019

Anaïs Moog’s Pardino d’argento winning Tempête Silencieuse begins by establishing a dialogue with La legende de la morte (1921) by Joseph Cuillandre. The twentieth-century text explores the Breton rituals that mourn those missing at sea. It speaks about the mortuary rite of proëlla that was practiced on the island of Ouessant. Moog’s film encounters a Tunisian mother and her daughter who mourn their son and brother, Osama, after his journey to Europe, the fate of whom is still unknown to them. She narrates their moment of uncertainty with tenderness and cautiousness, selecting testimonies that do not communicate Osama’s journey but waves of consciousness that surface. The fragments that wash ashore form a dialogue with the images. «I hate the sea, I never want to see it again», is one. This sentiment is paired with a refusal to portray a seascape through the 4:3 aspect ratio. We watch the waves in motion and, in picturing them, Moog’s cinematography articulates cinema as arriving too late to capture the moment, but just in time to articulate the feeling. (LD)

...the online Jury. Coronavirus oblige!

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