Work

MIRR

Documentary film, directed by Mehdi Sahebi


Binchey, a traditional peasant farmer from Mondulkiri, was expelled from his land – like hundreds of thousands of farmers in Cambodia. He feels powerless in the face of foreign rubber tree plantations spreading across more and more parts of the country. Together with Binchey and other villagers, film director Mehdi Sahebi stages the story of this confiscation of the land and its ramifications.


OS LOVE

Animated film, directed by Luc Gut

A young woman, a computer. In the far reaches of the Internet she seeks relaxation, a chance to get away from it all, meditation. However, something keeps putting a spanner in the works: the computer itself, which wants to update a program, show new Facebook messages or the “ping” indicating that there are eight new e-mails in the in-box. With wry humor and a wonderful sense of rhythm, OS Love presents a modern-day tête-à-tête between a human being and her computer.



The Master and Max

Feature film (2015), directed by Marcel Derek Ramsay


Press reviews

“Captivating! An original, enchanting work of cinematic poetry of astounding beauty.” Sandrine Marques, Le Monde

“A highly talented director who has come up with a completely new idea.” Herbert Spaich, SWR

“Intelligently, indeed in masterly fashion, Klopfenstein’s life work is made to fit a new narrative framework.” Andreas Kilb, FAZ

“An amusing contemplation of the Swiss mentality.” Charlotte Garson, Cahiers du Cinéma


Synopsis

Max is a fictitious character – a product of the imagination of the filmmaker Klopfenstein, who also created Max’s beloved Christine. However, the director has long been plagued by a creative crisis. This has led to his fictitious figures being condemned to wander aimlessly through the film world of their creator as lost souls caught up in the treadmill of the same old, same old.


When Max once again falls in love with the fun-loving Christine, only for his advances to be rejected by her, he comes to a decision: he will seek out his “master” in the hope that the filmmaker will finally free him from the role he seems damned to play for the rest of his life. And he receives very special permission…


This compilation film, put together from the works of Clemens Klopfenstein, dares to attempt something that is unique in the history of film: on the basis of the works of one single director, it tells a new, completely original story that at the same time reveals the very essence of the filmmaker’s universe.


The film premiered at the Solothurn Film Festival in 2015.

CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION

MY LIFE IS A GUNSHOT

Documentary film, directed by Marcel Derek Ramsay

Noise musician Joke Lanz has a loyal fan base. And a dreadful image: he’s known to have himself suspended from a butcher’s hook or whipped on stage. And for most people his music is nothing but painful noise. How can anyone end up living like this? This documentary film explores the life a sensitive artist who has been haunted for decades by a trauma: when he was 12 his father shot himself on the roof of their house. Ever since, Joke has been trying to come to terms with this. This also applies to his own role as a father, which is equally fraught with problems for him. His art is his personal source of meditation.



CIRCUIT

Animated film, directed by Delia Hess

A fish farmer, a melon collector, two synchronized swimmers, a thinker, and two cyclists live on a small planet whose only human inhabitants they are. Yet most of them do not know each other. Caught up in their own little private universe, they perform their poetically surreal actions, which repeat themselves in an endless loop. That they are all part of a complex little ecosystem which can only function if each of them plays his or her role, is something they are unaware of – and the audience also only gradually comes to realize this as well.



CHIKLY TIMES

Documentary film, directed by Mariann Lewinsky

The whole world knows the Lumière brothers and Georges Méliès. Now there is a new film pioneer to discover: Albert Samama Chikly, the first ever filmmaker from the continent of Africa, a flamboyant, thoroughly charming personality whose legacy is a collection of unique cinematic documents.


TALL

Animated film, directed by Naomi Homenu