Two Swiss documentaries pick up prizes
by Françoise Deriaz
Switzerland remained faithful to its world-class documentary reputation at the 57th Berlinale, where two domestic titles screened in the International Forum for Young Cinema won over the independent juries.
Meanwhile, director Stefan Schwietert, winner of the 2005 Swiss Film Prize with Accordion Tribe, won two awards for Echoes of Home [+see also:
film profile] (Maximage, Zurich), his new exploration of traditional music – this time that of the human voice. The title picked up the International Confederation of Arthouse Cinema Prize (CICAE), as well as the Tagesspiegel Readers’ Prize, a new award worth €3,000.
Three other Swiss films also premiered at Berlin: Jeanne Waltz’s Pas douce [+see also:
interview: Jeanne Waltz
interview: Pierre-Alain Meier
film profile], Thomas Imbach’s I Was a Swiss Banker [+see also:
film profile] and Maria Speth’s German co-production Madonnas.
(Translated from French)
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