« THE MUSHROOM SPEAKS » Marion Neumann, Documentary, Intermezzo Films, Geneva (release, springtime 2021)
« WAY BEYOND » Pauline Julier, Documentary, Close up Films, Geneva (release, springtime 2021)
“Naturalis Historia defends the idea that humans, seeking to shape a raw, changing world, confine it with their categories of thought, which lend it a certain stability. I want to stress how much the concepts that are used to organize the diversity of the world are our own; we produce them and with them the risk of emptying the world of its essence by freezing it in a catalogue of images, landscapes, definitions, and resolutions (scientific, religious, etc.) It is the same movement as that of the volcano that snuffs out life by freezing a forest or city in place. The same drive as that of the photographic image which slices up the “real” and thus plays a part in holding in place a world to be seen and understood. It is the same illusion of the continuity of movement produced by the film image. The world is emptied of its raw vitality and organized according to representational codes that are inevitably anthropized.” Pauline Julier, 2017
“Wild plants” refers to the vegetation that seeds itself in fallow and abandoned land, occupies seemingly inhospitable land and creates new habitats. But “wild plants” also refers to the people, who create their own utopias and become sources of inspiration for others. Scattered all around the world are people engaged in projects in which botanical and biographical wild growth are intimately connected with each other. Wild Plants is a cinematic journey of discovery, accompanied by questions about the relationship between humans and nature.
Nicolas Humbert, 2016, Documentary, 108 min., HD, Switzerland, Germany, United States
Close up Films, Geneva & Leykauf FIlm Munich
The camera’s steadfast gaze carefully follows the toil of small-scale farmers across the globe and records speeches by representatives of food conglomerates and supporters of sustainable development. The documentary essay uncovers the pyramid of an agriculture industry interested only in profit, with no regard for the nutritional needs of man and the soil.
Mathieu Roy, 2017, Documentary, 182 min., HD, MiraFilm Zürich, Lowik Media, Montréal
The Aire River in Geneva is being restored after 100 years of canalization, degradation and pollution. The process of restoration leads to a subtle reflection on landscape architecture and the role of Man in Nature. Guided by the drawings of the Swiss architect Georges Descombes and his Superposition group, the film meanders between seasons and stages of construction, with a soft interior music that reveals the global challenges of this small piece of territory. A large story for a tiny river. Michel Favre, 2017, Documentary, 106 min., HD, Switzerland, TRADAM SA
The transformations in the Arab countries don"t necessarily have a beginning, middle and an end -
and not even necessarily in that order. "Nowhere Near Tomorrow" reminds us about this, and it is maybe high time.
The whole thing definitely begins and ends with a will to achieve freedom. But if you are an Iraqi refugee in Syria,
the problems are hardly over, before they begin again. This is Abu Ahmed, a middle-aged Sunni Muslim family father
with six children. But he is married to the Shia Muslim Wafa and - like over two million compatriots of his -
he is a refugee. Lisa Reisch, 2011, Documentary, 90 min., HD, Syria
Neue Bioskop Film, HWG-Filmproduction et Bayrischer Rundfunk TV / CPH :DOX Copenhagen
An assembling of various viewpoints from all over the world to explore the human being’s creative potential.
The friction between art and everyday life in an artist’s residence in Switzerland, generates humorous moments;
conflicting realities and everyday situations reveal the different viewpoints of living and working in this house.
This film accompanies a three-year experiment, becomes itself an experiment and tells of the (seriously absurd)
human quest for happiness and freedom. Marion Neumann, 2010, Documentary, 98 min, HDV, 16mm, G, CH
Festivals: Visions du Réel, Nyon / Crossing Europe Film Festival, Linz / Ecofilm Documentary Film Festival Rhodos EPOS Films on Art, Tel Aviv
a film portrait of Dewasenta, a Haudenosaunee clan mother. Haudenosaunee means
'People of the Longhouse', and is the name the so-called Iroquois use to refer to themselves.
At the time I promised my friends in Onondaga Nation Territory that one day I would return
and we would make a longer film together in which they could have their say.
Claus Biegert, 2010, Documentary, 60 min, HD, Nation Onondaga, US
a familiar voice on the end of a phone line, an illusion of closeness:
the tragedy of being far away from home
Eldar Grigorian, 2005, Documentary, 45min, b/w, 16mm, Germany
Festivals: International Documentary FilmFestival Munich / European ShortMovieBiennale Ludwigsburg
Intern. Filmfestival « Golden Apricot », Jerewan 2007 Intern. Doc-Festival « Message to Man » St.-Petersburg
I am here - three Senegalese women perform their chores, bound by their everyday routines,
but their fairytales link them to the realm of ghosts, of traditions, values - and the world.
Lisa Reisch, 2005, Documentary, 45min, Super16, Senegal
Festivals: International Documentary Film Festival Munich / EthnoFilmfest Berlin
What did the sky look like, when you were young? Almost everybody has their own special childhood skies
and remember them to be bluer or cloudier, more dangerous or more enticing than anywhere else.
This film invites us to think and look into our own past, by collecting sounds and personal whims
from all over the world.
Jiska Rickels & Sane Kurz, (assistant Marion Neumann) 2003, Essai, 30 min, 35mm, Israël
Festivals: Winner ARD International Media Award CIVIS / International Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar und Animationsfilm
KunstFilmBiennale Cologne Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest, International Documentary Film Festival Munich
To me, this film means a return, an encounter and at the same time, a farewell.
For the first time in my life, I was working and living in Poland, the country where I was born.
The result was plain and sobering: more and more, my longing dissolved into daily routine.
But it also brought about closeness. In addition to my memories and dreams, now there was
the simple look at the way things are - as it happens in a personal relationship.
The other Autumn tracks this path. It is a personal act of writing history, brought together
by the montage of traces, pictures, texts and places I came across.
Pawel Siczek & Marion Neumann, 2003, Essai, 20min., 16mm, Poland
Festivals: Intern. Documentary Film Festival Munich / Cinéma du réel, Centre Pompidou, Paris /Karlovy-Vary
Intern. Filmfestival, KunstFilmBiennale Cologne