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Watermarks · 2013

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Documentary

Watermarks

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Luc Schaedler | go between films gmbh
CH 2013 | 80 | EN, DE, FR, Chin

Based on three different places, the documentary portrays the infractions to which people living in modern day China are subjected due to rapid developments: in the deceptively idyllic Jiuxiancun in the rainy south; in the apocalyptic coal mining site of Minqin and Wusutu in the parched north; and in Chongqing, the megacity on the Yangtze River.

The protagonists give their moving accounts of an unresolved past, an uncertain present and their tentative steps into the future. The film thus paints a complex image of the mental state of the people in this complicated country. “Watermarks” is a subjective snapshot in time that takes a poetic look at the changing everyday life in China.

«Since the crushing of the democracy movement in 1989, I have followed the upheaval in China with equal parts amazement and irritation: the country looks like a huge construction site and seems to be involved in a precipitous search for itself. In this unstable present the protagonists are taking tentative but courageous steps into the future.»
Luc Schaedler

→ WaMa: Statement director
→ WaMa: Locations China
→ WaMa: Downloads (photos & presskit)

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Watermarks (2013)
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→ FESTIVALS (selection):

– Locarno, Semaine de la critique (Competition)
– Warszawa, Planete + Doc (Competition)
– Istanbul, TRT Awards (Best Documentary)
– Dublin, Silk Road Film Festival (Best Documentary)
– München DOK.fest competition
– San Francisco, Golden Gate Awards
– Solothurner Filmtage official selection

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LINKS:

→ The Funeral (Clip)
→ Swiss Films Promotion Agency
→ imdb.com – Watermarks
→ Facebook – Watermarks

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PLAYLIST (10 Clips):

Unpublished scenes from Watermarks · 2013

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    Angry Monk · 2005

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    Documentary

    Angry Monk

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    Luc Schaedler | go between films
    CH 2005 | 97 | EN, DE, FR, Tib

    Tibet — the mystical roof of the world, peopled with enlightened monks? Only one of them wouldn’t toe the line: Gendun Choephel, the errant monk who left the monastic life in 1934 in search of a new challenge. A free spirit and multifaceted individual, he was far ahead of his time and has since become a seminal figure, a symbol of hope for a free Tibet. A rebel and voluble critic of the establishment, Gendun Choephel kindled the anger of the Tibetan authorities.

    The cinematic journey through time portrays the life of this unorthodox monk, revealing a face of old Tibet that goes against popular clichés. The film makes an abundance of unique and rare historical footage available to the general public for the first time.

    But it does not dwell on the past; rather it skilfully oscillates between tradition and modernity. Archival images of ancient caravans and monasteries give way to scenes of discos and multi-lane highways in Lhasa, where pilgrims pros- trate themselves as they circle the holy temple. ANGRY MONK offers a fascinating insight into a country whose eventful past is refracted in the multiplicity and contradictions of everyday life.

    Ultimately, the documentary «Angry Monk» also tells the story of a man who left home to search for something that could have liberated traditional Tibet from its rigidity. An outsider who was always open to new things, he eventually became a stranger in his homeland and homeless in foreign lands — a wanderer between worlds.

    (The documentary «Angry Monk» was also the main part of my Ph.D. in Visual Anthropology at the University of Zurich)

    → Ph.D.: ANGRY MONK: Literary, Historical, and Oral Sources for a Documentary Film (2007)

    → Gendun Choephel Conference at the Latse Library, New York

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    → AM: Statement director
    → AM: Interview director
    → AM: Bio of Gendun Choephel
    → AM: Texts of Gendun Choephel
    → AM: Downloads
    (photos & presskit)

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    Video On Demand

    Angry Monk (2005) link to Vimeo On Demand

    Angry Monk (2005)
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    PLAYLIST (9 Clips):

    Unpublished scenes from Angry Monk · 2005

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    → FESTIVALS (selection)

      – Sundance, Nomination Grand Jury Award
      – Busan (Competition)
      – Vancouver (Competition)
      – Montréal, Festival Nouveau Cinema (Competition)
      – München DOK.fest (Competition)
      – Melbourne (Competition)
      – Auckland (Competition)
      – Solothurner Filmtage official selection

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      LINKS:

      → Film Review – San Francisco Chronicle
      → Film Review – Indiewire
      → Film Review – Phayul
      → More on Gendun Choephel
      → Swiss Films Promotion Agency
      → imdb.com – Angry Monk

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