• TRADING PARADISE

    Documentary, 78 minutes, CH 2016

    Written & directed by Daniel Schweizer

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    Storyline
    Trading Paradise presents itself like the chronicle of a foretold scandal: After the Nazi gold and the bank secret, the practices of commodities trading companies based in Switzerland will be the reason for the next defamation of the country. Large parts of the world trade in commodities are handled by companies based in Zug and Geneva. They are known to pay very little taxes and to defy responsibility for environmental damages caused in the extracting countries. Trading Paradise shows, how this business works and how engaged collaborators of NGOs try to improve the transparency and liability of these commodities giants.

     

    Team
    Writer & Director – Daniel Schweizer
    Producer – Valentin Greutert
    DoP – Patrick Tresch
    1st AD – Fabiano D’Amato
    Editor – Malena Demierre
    Line Producer – Maja Sanchez

     

    Financing Partners
    Migros Kulturprozent CH-Dokfilm Wettbewerb
    SRG SSR

     

  • TWO HOOKERS & A BITCH

    Experimental comedy, 85 minutes

    A film by Daniel Young

    In postproduction, release 2017

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    Story
    Two Hookers and a Bitch is an experimental comedy following the three prostitutes Fanny, Lea and Henry over the course of three nights on their street as we watch them discuss love, marriage, sex, men and women and the prospects of a stable prosperous future. An original and funny trash-film. To be released in 2017.

     

    Cast
    Dalma Berger
    Juli Jakab
    Boglarka Koman
    Mate Birkas
    et al.

     

    Team
    Writer & Director – Daniel Young
    Producers – Valentin Greutert, Kati Cszenyi, Daniel Young
    Director of Photography – Gergely Poharnok
    Sound – Balazs Szurdi
    Production Design – Panni Lutter
    Editors – Mate Birkas, Daniel Young

  • AMATEUR TEENS

    Drama, 92 minutes, CH 2015

    A film by Niklaus Hilber

     

    Story
    A group of normal 14-year-old teenagers at a secondary school in Zürich with the normal yearnings for love and acceptance. But the power of social media, with its high-gloss selfies and perpetual pressure towards cooler and sexier, increasingly forces the kids to deny their true feelings. So a tragedy runs its course, one in which it is almost impossible to differentiate between perpetrator and victim, guilt and innocence.

     

    Cast
    Fabrizio Borsani as Selim
    Chiara Carla Bär as Sabrina
    Annina Walt as Lara
    Jérôme Humm as Jan
    Benjamin Dangel as Adi
    Luna Wedler as Milena
    Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen as Alina
    Fayrouz Gabriel as Fatima
    Nicolas Heini as Dave
    Veton Hamza as Kemal
    et al.

     

    Team
    Producer – Valentin Greutert
    Screenplay – Niklaus Hilber & Patrick Tönz
    Editing – Benjamin Fueter
    Director of Photography – Tobias Dengler
    Sounddesign & Mix – Ramon Orza
    Production Sound – Jan Illing
    Productions Design – Sophie Reinhard, Sophie Stalder
    Costume – Tanya Sonderegger
    Make-up – Adrienne Chauliac
    Line Producer – Maja Sanchez
    et al.

     

    Financing Partners
    Zürcher Filmstiftung
    Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen SRF
    SRG SSR
    Bundesamt für Kultur
    Kulturfonds Suissimage
    Focal

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  • ROBBERS AND COPS

    Webseries, 10×7 minutes, CH 2015

    Directed, filmed & edited by Patrick Karpiczenko

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    Story
    ROBBERS & COPS is a modern mug-story about a family on the verge of poverty. Mom and dad decide to become robbers. They exploit their eight-year-old daughter and find ever more pleasure in the criminal lifestyle.
    An interactive web series about morality, sex and ham.

     

    Cast
    Philippe Graber
    Rahel Hubacher
    Sophie Gallo
    Peter Freiburghaus
    et.al.

     

    Team
    Director, Camera, Editor – Patrick Karpiczenko
    Producer – Valentin Greutert
    Screenplay – Philippe Graber, Rahel Hubacher, Patrick Karpiczenko
    Set Design – Chasper Bertschinger
    Costume – Rudolf Jost
    Sound – Ivo Schläpfer
    Mix – Manu Gerber
    Line Producer – Maja Sanchez

     

  • THULETUVALU

    Documentary, 96 minutes, CH 2014

    Written & directed by Matthias von Gunten

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    Storyline
    Two places at the edge of our planet are making headlines due to climate change: Thule, Greenland, because of record ice melts there; and Tuvalu, because this remote Pacific island nation is one of the first countries on the verge of sinking as a result of rising sea levels. Whereas for us the warming of the planet occurs almost solely in the media, it is changing the entire existence for the inhabitants of Thule and Tuvalu. The film portrays how they are forced to abandon their traditional way of life as they move towards an unknown future.
    This important and touching film has been traveling the world. It was shown and still is being shown on countless festivals around the world. Watch it on our website by clicking the rent button.

     

    Team
    Writer & director – Matthias von Gunten
    Producer – Valentin Greutert
    Director of Photography – Pierre Mennel
    Production Sound – Valentino Vigniti
    Editors – Caterina Mona, Claudio Cea
    Music – Marcel Vaid
    Sounddesign – Roland Widmer
    Mix – Felix Bussmann, SDS
    Postproduction – Andromeda Film

     

    World Sales
    Perry Street Advisors

     

    Awards
    Séstèrce d’argent – Visions du réel 2014
    Nomination Best Documentary Swiss Film Prize 2015
    Nomnation Best Cinematography Swiss Film Prize 2015
    Nomination German Documentary Film Prize 2015

     

    Festivals
    More than 50 festivals around the globe, among them Hot Docs Toronto, Dokfest München, Locarno IFF, CPH:DOX, Margaret Mead FF New York.

     

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  • AIMLESS

    TV drama, 90 minutes, CH 2014

    A film by Niklaus Hilber

     

    Story
    19-year old Pascal is in constant conflict with the people around him. He has quit his apprenticeship and hangs around aimlessly. When he is drafted into Basic Training, he unexpectedly and for the first time ever discovers how developing team spirit and taking responsibility can lead to recognition, self-respect and friendship – and how good this feels. After graduating from Basic Training, Pascal tries to secure a foothold in his old life and attempts to complete his apprenticeship – but because of his poor grades, nobody seems willing to give him a second chance. His frustration with the harsh realities of society grows until his anger explodes in a fatal event.
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    Cast
    Joel Basman as Pascal
    Mona Petri as Sonja
    Peter Jecklin as Kommandant Zünd
    Tanja Lehmann as Leila
    Marc Schmassman as Bodenmann

     

    Team
    Director – Niklaus Hilber
    Producer – Valentin Greutert
    Screenplay – Niklaus Hilber & Patrick Tönz
    Director of Photography – Stéphane Kuthy
    Production Design – Sven Zahn
    Costume – Tanya Sonderegger
    Make-up –  Adrienne Chauliac
    Editing –  Beni Fueter
    Music –  Baldenweg
    Production Manager – Maja Sanchez
    Assistant Director –  Thomas Kaufmann
    Casting – Corinna Glaus
    Commissioner SRF –  Maya Fahrni

     

    Awards
    Nomination Prix Europa 2014
    Nomination Fernsehpreis Baden-Baden 2014
    Prix Swissperform «Best Actor» 2015 (Joel Basman)

     

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  • VIKTORIA – A TALE OF GRACE AND GREED

    Drama, 88 minutes, CH 2013

    Directed by Men Lareida

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    Story
    She hopes for big money in Zurich. So Viktoria leaves her hometown of Budapest to spend her nights under the pale lights of Zurich’s whore pit. There she waits for clients, to satisfy them in their cars on dark parking lots. She can only fight her disgust with thoughts of the fortune she will make and how to use it at home. Despite being caught in a environment of violence, greed and a world of fast sex, she discovers here also love and friendship – and herself.
    Viktoria – A Tale of Grace and Greed is an emotional journey into the world of sexworkers, shot in Budapest and Zurich.
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    Cast
    Franciska Farkas als Viktoria
    Angéla Stefanovics als Blondie
    Zsolt Nagy als Junior
    Erika Lakatos als Marina

     

    Team
    Producers – Valentin Greutert, Simon Hesse
    Screenplay – Men Lareida, Anna Maros
    Director of Photography – Marco Barberi
    Production Design – Nina Bachmann
    Costume Design – Eszter Salamon
    Assistant Director – Tamás Lukács
    Line Producer – Stephan Barth
    Editor – Claudio Cea
    Music Composer – Michael Kalt

     

    Awards
    Nomination Prix de Soleure 2014
    NDR-Regiepreis 2014

     

    Festivals
    Max-Ophüls-Preis Saarbrücken, Solothurner Filmtage, Locarno IFF et al.

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  • PAUL BOWLES: THE CAGE DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN

    Documentary, 86 minutes, CH 2012

    A film by Daniel Young

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    Storyline
    Even though his musical and literary oeuvre is neither large nor very well known apart from his bestseller-novel «The Sheltering Sky», the American composer and author Paul Bowles (1910-1999) was a man of immense charisma and influence.
    When he moved to Tangier (Morocco) in 1949, it was a city divided into zones, a sanctuary for artists, writers and the wealthy to do as they pleased without fear of prosecution. Soon Paul’s friends and peers from America began visiting: Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Jack Kerouac, Alan Ginsberg, William Burroughs and many others. The Neo-Lost Generation, the Beats, the Hippies all searched him out, lured by the mysterious and magical world he depicted in his books.
    But that was only one side. Though Paul Bowles never hid his homosexuality, he was married to the lesbian writer Jane Bowles. What attracted them despite their extremely different personalities was a shared worldview: that one must travel to the point of no return in order to find salvation.
    Based on an exclusive series of interviews with Bowles shortly before his death and anecdotes provided by his friends and collaborators, the film tells of a daring and visionary life and a relationship shaped by a co-dependency that went way beyond sexuality.
    Watch this special and eccentric film directly on our website by clicking the rent button above.

     

    Protagonists
    Paul Bowles, Roland Beaufre, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ira Cohen, Karim Debbagh, Tamara Dragadze, Ruth Fainlight, Oliver Harris, John Hopkins, Richard Horowitz, Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno, Mohammed Mrabet, Cherie Nutting, Bachir Skiredj, Mohammed Temsamani, Florian Vetsch, Gore Vidal, John Waters, Edmund White.

     

    Team
    Producer – Valentin Greutert
    Executive Producers – This Brunner, Stanley Buchthal, Andres Bruetsch, Simon Hesse
    Camera – Imre Juhas, Andres Bruetsch, Robert Adrian-Pejo, Felix von Muralt, Marco Möschler, Yoav Parish
    Music & Sound Design – Csaba Kalotas
    Animations – Robin Bushell, William Crook
    Editor – Kaya Inan

     

    World Sales
    Submarine Entertainment

     

    Awards
    Audience Award at Torino LGBT 2013

     

    Festivals
    Berlinale Panorama 2013, Mostra Sao Paolo 2012, Zurich Film Festival 2012 et al.

     

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  • ONE WAY TRIP (3D)

    Horror, 89 minutes, CH/AT 2011

    Directed by Markus Welter

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    Story
    Eight young people travel to the Jura with food and tents. It is peak season for magic mushrooms. Everything is fine until one of the guys who had left to get beer returns to the campsite battered and beaten up. Suddenly, a storm gathers and their telephones no longer work. The campers seek protection at a farm nearby, but this only renders a bad situation worse, for now they are trapped. Hounded by their eerie pursuers, a thrilling frenzy into death begins.
    One Way Trip 3D was one of the very first S3D-films produced in Europe. It’s available in 3D on Bluray. You can also watch it 2D by clicking the rent button above.

     

    Cast
    Sabrina Reiter, Harry Lampl, Aaron Hitz, Simon Käser, Isabelle Barth, Matthias Britschgi, Martin Loos, Tanja Raunig, Herbert Leiser, Melanie Winiger

     

    Team
    Producers – Valentin Greutert, Simon Hesse
    Coproducers – John Lüftner, David Schalko
    Screenplay – Matthias Bauer, Bastian Zach

    Line Producer – Stephan Barth
    
Director of Photography – Filip Zumbrunn
    Production Design – Urs Beuter
    
Costume Design – Carol Luchetta
    
Make-Up Effects – Anne-Rose Schwab
    
SFX & Stunts – K-Stunts & Mazzotti Action
    
Stereographer – Jan Bernotat
    
Editor – Cecile Welter
    
Visual Effects – Celluloid VFX

    Music Composer – Michael Sauter
    
Casting – Corinna Glaus

     

    Coproduction Company
    Superfilm, Vienna

     

    Distribution
    Ascot Elite Entertainment (Schweiz & Deutschland)
    Thimfilm (Österreich)
    Lightning Entertainment (World Sales)

     

    Awards
    Nomination Taurus World Stunt Awards 2012

     

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  • ROCKSTEADY: THE ROOTS OF REGGAE


    Documentary, 95 minutes, CH/CAN 2009

    Written & directed by Stascha Bader

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    Storyline
    On the small caribbean island of Jamaica a music was born that conquered the world. Coming out of the ghetto, it has inspired generations to believe in and to fight for a better world. Today, everybody knows Reggae and its superstar Bob Marley. But the story of the founders of Reggae has never been told. Forty years later they are reuniting for the first time to record their old hits on an album and to tell their story.
    Watch this beautiful hit documentary directly on our website by clicking the rent button above.

     

    Singers
    Stranger Cole
    Judy Mowatt
    Hopeton Lewis
    Ken Boothe
    Dawn Penn
    Marcia Griffiths
    Derrick Morgan
    Leroy Sibbles
    U-Roy

     

    Special Appearance
    Rita Marley

     

    Team
    Writer & director – Stascha Bader
    Producers – Valentin Greutert & Betty Palik
    Executive Producers – Michael Prupas & Simon Hesse
    Director of Photography – Piotr Jaxa
    Sound – Dieter Meyer
    Editors – Claudio Cea, Mathieu Grondin
    Line Producer – Robert Boulos
    Music Producer – Moss Raxlen
    Music arrangements – Lynn Taitt / Ernest Ranglin

     

    Coproduction Company
    Muse Entertainment, Montreal

     

    Distribution
    MK2

     

    Soundtrack
    published by Moll Selekta

     

    Awards
    Film Prize City of Zurich 2009
    Nomination Best Documentary Swiss Film Prize 2009

     

    Festivals
    More than 20 festivals around the world, among them Slamdance 2010, Filmfest München 2009, Thessaloniki 2010, Buenos Aires 2010

     

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  • DAY AT THE SEASIDE

    Drama, 98 minutes, CH 2008

    A film by Moritz Gerber

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    Story
    Dave is about to turn 30 and having his first mid-life crisis. A pretty successful DJ and record store owner, Dave is back with ex-girlfriend Sarah, but he isn’t happy with his lot. In doubt about the relationship and mourning dreams he meets 20-year-old Alice, who embodies the tempation of youth. Is Dave too old for adventure or is he still young enough? 
«Day at the Seaside» is a sensitive portrait of an urban generation swaying between the freedom of youth and commitment of life.
    Watch this beautiful first feature directly on our website by clicking on the rent button above.

     

    Cast
    Dominique Jann as Dave
    Doris Schefer as Sarah
    Manuel Löwensberg as Matthias
    Patricia Mollet-Mercier as Alice
    et al.

     

    Team
    Producer – Valentin Greutert
    Writer & Director – Moritz Gerber
    Editor – Claudio Cea
    Director of Photography – Piotr Jaxa
    Production Design – Isabel Robson/Sara Weingart
    Costume Design – Margarita Tarnover
    Make-up – Milena Pfleiderer
    Original Music – Michael Sauter
    Sounddesign – Gregg Skerman
    Production Manager – Olivier Monnard

     

    Awards
    Berner Filmpreis 2009

     

    Festivals
    Hofer Filmtage 2008, Max-Ophüls-Preis 2009, Cairo IFF 2009 u.v.m.

     

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  • MAX FRISCH, CITOYEN

    Documentary, 94 minutes, CH 2007

    A film by Matthias von Gunten

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    Storyline
    Max Frisch was the last great Swiss intellectual widely respected as a voice in his own right, both at home and internationally – a type of personality that hardly exists today. The film recounts Frisch’s life story as a “citoyen” and takes us on a trip through his texts and speeches in the backdrop of the unfolding 20th century. Frisch’s perspective is complemented and contrasted by statements of several writers and politicians such as Gunter Grass or Henry A. Kissinger who knew him personally.
    You can watch this film directly on this website by clicking the rent button above.

     

    Protagonists
    Helmut Schmidt
    Peter Bichsel
    Gottfried Honegger
    Henry A.Kissinger
    Günter Grass
    Christa Wolf

     

    Team
    Writer & Director – Matthias von Gunten

    Producer – Valentin Greutert
    
Director of Photography – Matthias Kälin
    
Sound – Martin Witz
    
Assistant Director – Christine Hürzeler
    
Original Music – Martin Todsharow
    
Editor – Caterina Mona
    Off-
Voices – Reto Haenny, Silke Geertz

     

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  • HER SECOND CHANCE

    TV-drama, 90 minutes, CH 2006

    Directed by Tobias Ineichen

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    Story
    Sonja spent 6 years in prison for the alleged murder of her husband – a crime she insists was an accident. Her son Tim lives with her in-laws who do not allow her to see him. Stefan, her husband’s former business partner and the only witness of the murder, is Sonja’s last chance. If he confirmed her innocence, Sonja could reclaim custody of Tim. But the past turns out to be more complex than Sonja expected …

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    Cast
    Melanie Winiger as Sonja
    Marlon Altenburger as Tim
    Urs Hefti as Armin
    Suly Röthlisberger as Julia
    Renate Steiger as Elvira
    Andreas Matti as Brändli
    Michael Finger as Stefan
    Oliver Zgorelec as Dejan
    et al.

     

    Team
    Director – Tobias Ineichen
    Producer – Valentin Greutert
    Screenplay – Dave Tucker
    Director of Photography – Felix von Muralt
    Sound – Patrick Becker
    Production Design – Georg Bringolf
    Costume Design – Regula Wetter
    Make-up – Connie Sacchi
    Editor – Lilo Gerber
    Casting – Corinna Glaus
    Production Manager – Filippo Bonacci
    Mix – Ramon Orza
    Commissioner SRF – Lilian Räber
    et al.

     

    Awards
    Prix Swissperform «Best Swiss TV Movie» 2006

     

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  • MAGICIANS

    Fiction, 90 minutes, AT/CH

    Directed by Sebastian Brauneis

    In production

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    Inhalt
    «Magicians» follows the intersections of the lives of very contradictory characters. Around the story of a boy who vanishes and reappears, the film descends into the depths of the human psyche caught between impotence, manipulation and empowerment. An everyday parable about humans locked up in the maze of fact and fiction.
    Based on different short stories by the Austrian novelist Clemens Setz, the film script was written in collaboration with director Sebastian Brauneis and actor Nicholas Ofczarek. A Film Company is coproducing this Austrian «New Wave» psycho-shocker for Superfilm in Vienna.

     

    Financing Partners
    Zürcher Filmstiftung
    Bundesamt für Kultur

     

  • PARADISE WAR

    Adventure, 130 minutes

    Director: Niklaus Hilber

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    Story
    In search of an experience beyond modern civilization Bruno Manser travels in 1984 into the Malaysian jungle on Borneo, where he meets the nomadic people of the Penan. Fascinated by their frugal lifestyle he lives several years with them, learns their language and becomes part of their community. As by the increasing deforestation the livelihood of the Penan threatens to be destroyed, Manser supports the natives in non-violent resistance. With blockades of the logging roads, the Penan bring deforestation to succumb, causing a big media hype.
    However, for the Government and the logging companies the stakes are high. Manser is declared public enemy and many Penan are put in jail. Hunted by special forces of the Malaysian army, Manser escapes to Switzerland in 1990, founds the Bruno Manser Fund, and continues raising awareness of the disasterous environmental impact of the tropical timber trade and the tragic fate of the Penan people through various, sometimes daredevil actions. Despite being banned from entering Malaysia, Manser nevertheless returned in 2000 to his Penan family. He later disappeared in the jungle without a trace. Up until this day, his fate and whereabouts remain a mystery.
    «Paradise War» is based on a true story and will be filmed mostly on Borneo. Some of the actors will be descendants of the Penan Manser had lived with.
     
    Team
    Producer – Valentin Greutert
    Screenplay – Niklaus Hilber & Patrick Tönz
    Director – Niklaus Hilber
     
    Locations
    Borneo
    Basel
     
    Shooting date
    2017

  • THIS KIND OF HOPE

    Documentary, 85 minutes

    A film by Pawel Siczek

    In financing

     

    Content
    Belarus and Me tells the story of diplomat Andrei Sannikov, who was in charge of the disarmament negotiations about the massive atomic weapons arsenal of Belarus after the downfall of the Soviet Union, who quit his job under president Lukachenko and and entered the dangerous path of political opposition. After the uncanny death of his closest political comrade he decided to run for president against Lukachenko, but the election was forged and Andrei Sannikov was arrested, tortured and put into solitary confinement. Today he lives in forced exile in Warszaw and keeps on fighting for his dream: a free and democratic Belarus.
    The film combines documentary and archive material with animated sequences and creates the personal portrait of a courageous man relentlessly taking a stand for his home country. At the same time the film sheds light on an important but hardly known episode of the Cold War and its consequences.