Date: Wed, 2011/10/12 – 7:00pm
Consulate General of Switzerland in Bangalore organizes Swiss Festival
The recently opened Swiss Consulate in Bangalore organizes the first Swiss film festival in cooperation with Alliance Française Bangalore. Most popular fiction films (with English subtitles) from Switzerland will be showcased. “This cultural event is the first of the several other events planned by us in the forthcoming months. It is for us a perfect occasion to reach out to a wider audience and give an insight on the multilingual and- cultural aspects of Switzerland.” — Mr Rolf Frei Consul General
12 October – Les petites couleurs (A little color)
Fiction (2002), French with English subtitles, color, 94 min by Patricia Plattner
13 October – Mein Name ist Eugen (Rascals on the Road)
Fiction (2005), Swiss German with English subtitles, color, 100 min, by Michael Steiner
14 October – Vitus
Fiction (2006), Swiss German with English subtitles, color, 120 min by Fredi Murer
15 October – Mon frère se marie (My Brother‘s Wedding)
Fiction (2006), French with English subtitles, color, 95 min by Jean-Stéphane Bron
The synopsis of the films are given below
1. Vitus – Vitus is a boy who almost seems to be from another planet: He has hearing like a bat, he plays piano like a virtuoso and studies encyclopaedias at the age of five. No wonder his parents begin to anticipate a brilliant future for him. They want Vitus to become a pianist. However, the little genius prefers to play in his eccentric grandfather’s workshop. He dreams of flying and of a normal childhood. Ultimately, with one dramatic leap, Vitus takes control of his own life…
2. Mein name is Eugene – From the literary classic by Klaus Schädelin, “Mein Name ist Eugen” is a coming of age story set in the 1960s, and tells of 12-year-old Eugen and Wrigley’s last summer of adventure. When Wrigley’s parents announce their intention to pack him off to boarding school, the boys run away, hoping to find Fritzli Bühler, the “King of Rascals” in Zurich. But then Eugen and Wrigley bump into their Scouts group on the train and feel forced to join them to Ticino. From there they escape again and attempt to cycle back to Zurich, but the boys’ disappearance is noticed and their parents get on their trail. As the boys continue their precarious journey over their Alps, they begin to doubt whether Fritzli Bühler really lives in Zurich and whether he actually exists at all
3. Les petites couleurs – Christelle, a hairdresser whose husband beats her, runs away after a violent quarrel. She ends up in a delapidated motel called the Galaxy, frequented by truck drivers and travelling salesmen. Mona, the owner, a loveable and bubbly widow, takes Christelle under her wing and helps her to rekindle an interest in life. They both become passionately devoted to a TV soap opera entitled “The Ranch of Love”. Christelle has to deal with the return of her husband. But thanks to Mona and this new environment she discovers her creative talents. She meets new people, and experiences new sensuality, desire and love in the arms of Lucien, a young truck driver. Torn between a longing for independence and her new amorous commitments she becomes a peripatetic hairdresser roaming the countryside… until the day when Mona, Lucien and the last episode of her favourite TV serial open up unexpected new horizons.
4. Les Choristes ( nous l’avons déjà montré plusieurs fois à AF) – When he takes a job teaching music at a school for troubled boys, Clément Mathieu is unprepared for its harsh discipline and depressing atmosphere. But with passion and unconventional teaching methods, he’s able to spark his students’ interest in music and bring them a new found joy! It also puts him at odds with the school’s overbearing headmaster, however, locking Mathieu in a battle between politics and the determination to change his pupils’ life.
5. Mon frère se marie – Vinh, a Vietnamese refugee, was adopted 20 years earlier by a Swiss family and is now about to get married. His Vietnamese mother seizes this opportunity to finally meet the family that loved and raised her son, and to meet the people who write her postcards every Christmas telling her that the whole family is united and thinking of her. But things are not quite going the way these messages imply and the unexpected visit of Mrs Nguyen is going to cause some agitation to the family. They are now going to have to act out the forgotten roles of father, wife, brother and sister… to play the fragile comedy of happiness.