by Michael Krummenacher, Jan Gassmann, Lisa Blatter, Gregor Frei, Benny Jaberg, Carmen Jaquier, Jonas Meier, Tobias Nölle, Lionel Rupp, Mike Scheiwiller / SWITZERLAND / 2015 / 99´
"KATASTROPHENTHRILLER UND BRILLIANTE GESELLSCHAFTSANALYSE." - SWR2 "DER FILM HAT EINE ENERGIE UND EINE KRAFT, WELCHE VERBLÜFFEN." - SRF.ch "DER EPISODENFILM HEIMATLAND GILT ALS EINES DER WICHTIGSTEN WERKE DES SCHWEIZER KINOJAHRES." - BielerTagblatt
Cinematographer Gaëtan Varone, Simon Guy Fässler, Denis D. Lüthi Editor Kaya Inan Art direction ANNE WEICK Originalsound Bernhard Zitz Sounddesign Maurizius Staerkle Drux Sound Editors Bernhard Köpke, Gina Keller, Adrian Pfisterer, Serafin Aebli, Nadja Gubser Re-recording Mixer Manu Gerber Music Dominik Blumer Producer Stefan Eichenberger, Ivan Madeo, Julia Tal Company Contrastfilm Bern, 2:1 Film ZüricH, Passanten Filmproduktion GbR
It is autumn and getting colder in Switzerland. Suddenly an inexplicable and frightening cloud is over the country. Its origin is a mystery to the experts, who merely state that it is growing continuously, and its unloading is only a matter of time. It is still calm outside, but the cloud hangs over the country like the sword of Damocles.
HEIMATLAND uses this state of widespread uncertainty for a current snapshot of Switzerland: ten young film auteurs from the French and German-speaking parts shine a light on people, mentalities, and social environments in one of the world’s wealthiest countries and weave these personal episodes into one large, joint story.
The people react very differently to the impending storm: some ignore it, others barricade themselves, and yet others again celebrate the end of the world. But the storm is also a uniting force: it exposes authentic needs, fears and hopes, and step by step reveals the consequences of political and societal isolation of the country.
HEIMATLAND is neither neutral nor democratic or representative – it is a subjective, self-critical snapshot from the point of view of a new generation of Swiss filmmakers.
STATEMENT OF THE DIRECTOR
A hurricane of catastrophic proportions is brewing over Switzerland. The country is in a state of emergency. Ten directors from a new generation of filmmakers imagine how the Swiss would deal with the worst possible disaster: the downfall of their country.
*Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, gesellschaftlich relevanten Film 2016
*Berner Filmförderung, Bester Spielfilm 2015
*Zürcher Filmpreis 2015