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An autumn rich in festivals for Swiss film

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- Leipzig, Duisburg, Montreal and Amsterdam are set to host a number of Swiss films. Among them is The Field by Mehdi Sahebi, which will have its premiere at the Duisburger Filmwoche

An autumn rich in festivals for Swiss film
The Field by Mehdi Sahebi

Throughout November, a large number of Swiss films will be travelling to different festivals in Europe and beyond. First up is DOK Leipzig, which got underway with the multi-award-winning My Life as a Courgette [+see also:
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by Claude Barras (the Swiss candidate for the Oscars), which will also be shown in the Kids DOC sections. Keeping our moving Courgette company is Cahier africain [+see also:
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, the powerful film by documentary maker Heidi Specogna in the International Competition. Another female director there to support her is Dominique Margot, who will be presenting her film Looking Like My Mother [+see also:
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in the Next Masters section. The International Programme will instead host the international premiere of The Lives of Mecca, a medium-length film by young director Stefano Etter, and also in the same section is medium-length film Appunti del passaggio by Maria Iorio and Raphaël Cuomo, which had its premiere at Visions du réel in Nyon. Also sporting the colours of the Swiss flag is this year’s tribute, which the festival is dedicating to iconic Swiss director Peter Liechti.

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Also being held in Germany is the Duisburger Filmwoche, a festival dedicated to German-language documentaries, which will this year be hosting two Swiss films: the premiere of The Field [+see also:
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by Mehdi Sahebi, the intimate portrait of a group of Cambodian peasants kicked off their land, and Offshore – Elmer And The Swiss Bank Secret by Werner Swiss Schweizer.

The journey will then continue onto Canada and the Montréal International Documentary Festival RIDM, which will host a number of Swiss productions, including Calabria [+see also:
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by Pierre-François Sauter in the International Feature Competition, documentary Raving Iran [+see also:
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by Susanne Regina Meures, which will get audiences moving to the rhythm of techno with a Middle-Eastern flavour (in the Beat Dox section), and Jean Ziegler, the Optimism of Willpower [+see also:
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by Nicolas Wadimoff (States of the world).

November will wrap up with the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA, which will host no fewer than three Swiss films (productions and co-productions) in their world premieres: Almost There [+see also:
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by Jacqueline Zünd, The Girl Down Loch Änzi [+see also:
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by Alice Schmid (both in competition in the First Appearance section), and Burning Out, a co-production between France, Belgium and Switzerland by Jerôme Le Maire (in the Feature-Length Documentary competition). Also featuring in the same section is Like Dew In The Sun [+see also:
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by Peter Entell, which had its world premiere at Visions du réel in Nyon.

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