Director's Choice: Deepak Rauniyar
Nepalese writer and director Deepak Rauniyar already gained international attention with his first feature film HIGHWAY and quickly became one of the most important representatives of the still young Nepalese cinema. His second feature film WHITE SUN also made its way into Swiss cinemas through trigon-film and received a number of important awards such as the audience award in Fribourg or the Interfilm award in Venice. It was also selected by Nepal to run for the Oscar in the category Best Foreign Language. WHITE SUN was released on DVD and in the trigon-film Online Cinema, where HIGHWAY will also be available in the near future.
«Turkish writer / director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is one of my favorite filmmakers. And for me, this is the best among his works. In this hunting journey, Ceylan doesn’t slap us with big dramatic moments, but allows us to live along with his characters as things occur to them.»
Akira KUROSAWA Japan 123′He is still young, the actor who should become known around the world with masterpieces like "Rashomon" or "The Seven Samurai". Here, Akira Kurosawa has created a thriller against the background of the recent and completely unprocessed Japanese war past, of which many of the characters, whether woman or man, talk. "Stray Dog" plays during the sultry hot summer in Tokyo in 1949.«Among Kurosawa’s masterpieces, this early gem might be one of best police procedurals ever made. A fascinating window into lifes in the Japanese post-war society.»
Alain Gomis Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa) 123′Félicité is a proud and independent woman who works as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. Whenever she goes on stage, she appears to leave the world and her everyday worries behind. Her audiences are quickly infected by the rhythm of her music and her powerful, melancholy melodies. But then one day Félicité’s son has a terrible accident.«Alain Gomis' character study of a struggling single mother, an Afropop singer in Kinshasa, is raw and real.»
Salt of this Sea
Annemarie Jacir Palestine 105′Soraya, 28, born and raised in Brooklyn, decides to return to live in Palestine, a country that her family was exiled from in 1948. On arriving in Ramallah, Soraya tries to recover the money left in an account by her grandparents but meets with refusal from the bank. Her path then crosses that of Emad, a young Palestinian whose ambition, unlike hers, is to leave the country for good.«For me, it was a window into Palestinian life and the country – what they feel, why they feel. It's a good watch. I like her two later films too, but images from this film still hunt me the most.»
Abderrahmane Sissako Mali 97′Timbuktu is silent, the doors closed, the streets empty. No more music, no tea, no cigarettes, no bright colors, no laughs. The women have become shadows. The religious fundamentalists are spreading terror in the region. In the dunes, away from the chaos, Kidane enjoys a quiet life with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya and Issan, his little shepherd. But his peace is short-lived.«I watched Sissako’s masterpiece in Cannes, in 2014. Four years later, I still remember every bits of it! Each scene is breathtaking. New York Times’s A. O. Scott said in his review “Abderrahmane Sissako has created a film that’s a privilege to watch.“»