Heimatland

Wonderland

 
A hurricane of catastrophic proportions is brewing over Switzerland. The country seems to be facing its last three days before destruction. A state of emergency begins. Ten directors from a new generation of filmmakers show different ways in which Swiss people would deal with the worst imaginable scenario: having to rely on foreign countries for survival. 10 young Swiss filmmakers have made a film together about the state of their own country. The feature film Wonderland, which is also shown in the Competition of the festival this year, is thus also a fitting start for this year’s section CINEMA NEXT EUROPE, which explores the state of Europe from the multifaceted perspective of young filmmakers. In Wonderland Switzerland is threatened by a violent and apocalyptic storm cloud. What happens to the country, when anger from above breaks out on this apparent paradise, this island in the midst of Europe, this small wonderland? The film poster for Wonderland already anticipates an answer: “La Suisse n’existe plus” is written above the film title. Switzerland no longer exists. This raises the question: What was it before? Wonderland is a cinematic experiment carried out by a young generation on their own lives, their own feelings, in the country that is supposed to be their homeland. (Dominik Tschütscher)

Director's Biography
Wonderland premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2015. The feature film comprises ten Swiss filmmakers’ episodes: LISA BLATTER (born 1979), GREGOR FREI (born 1984), JAN GASSMANN (born 1983), BENNY JABERG (born 1981), CARMENJAQUIER (born 1985), MICHAEL KRUMMENACHER (born 1985), JONAS MEIER (born1978), TOBIAS NÖLLE (born 1976), LIONEL RUPP (born 1983), MIKE SCHEIWILLER (born1978). It received the Award for Best Feature Film at the Berner Filmpreis Festival 2015.
Cinema Next Europe 2016 / Competition Fiction 2016
Lisa Blatter, Gregor Frei, Jan Gassmann, Benny Jasberg, Carmen Jaquier, Michael Krummenacher, Jonas Meier, Tobias Nölle, Lionel Rupp, Mike Scheiwiller
Switzerland / Germany 2015
color
99 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Cinematography Simon Guy Fässler, Gaëtan Varone, Denis D. Lüthi
Editing Kaya Inan
Sound/Sounddesign Maurizius Staerkle Drux
Music Dominik Blumer
With Peter Jecklin, Michèle Schaub-Jackson, Liana Hangartner, Nicolas Bachmann, Morgane Ferru, Viola von Scarpatetti, Dashmir Ristemi, Julia Glaus, Florin Schmidig, Egon Betschart, Roberto Garieri, Issaka Sawadogo
Producer(s) Stefan Eichenberger, Ivan Madeo (Contrast Film, CH), Julia Tal (2:1 Film, CH), Passanten Filmproduktion (DE)
Production
Contrast Film Sandrainstrasse 3 3007 Bern, Switzerland info@contrastfilm.ch www.contrastfilm.ch
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Locarno International Film Festival 2015
 
Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere

auch in der Sektion / also part of
Cinema Next Europe