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Watermarks · 2013

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Watermarks

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

Based on three different places, «Watermarks» portrays the infractions to which people living in modern day China are subjected due to rapid developments.

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We learn of the deceptively idyllic Jiuxiancun in the rainy south; of the apocalyptic coal mining site of Minqin and Wusutu in the parched north; and of 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

→ Statement director (wama)
→ Locations China (wama)
→ Downloads (wama) 
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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 (Video Clip)
→ Swiss Films – Promotion Agency
→ IMDb.com – Watermarks
→ Facebook – Watermarks
→ Cinema of the World

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    Angry Monk · 2005

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    Angry Monk

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    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.

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    As 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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    → Statement director (am)
    → Interview director (am)
    → Bio of Gendun Choephel (am)
    → Texts of Gendun Choephel (am)
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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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      Made in Hong Kong · 1997

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      Made in Hong Kong

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      CH 1997 | 75 | 4:3 Letterbox | EN, DE, FR

      The documentary allows glimpses on a Hong Kong shortly before the handover to China in 1997…

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      But rather than attempting to paint the portrait of a «city in panic», it takes an in-depth look based on interviews with a broad spectrum of inhabitants.

      These include Peter – a British civil servant in the former colony, Nicole – a South African journalist, Eric Lye – a Chinese architect, Guo – a Chinese musician, Afzal – a Pakistani actor and Mohan – an Indian businessman. Their stories reveal the different stages of migration to this Asian metropolis, and are blended with images that capture Hong Kong’s many contrasting architectural faces.

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      The restrictions of physical space, the architectural chaos, its celebrated booming economy, its untarnished attraction to immigrants, and the political and social uncertainties that stretch beyond 1997, all these are revealed in this very personal interpretation of Hong Kong today.

      Article «Filmbulletin»: Made in Hong Kong (1997)

       

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      → FESTIVALS (selection)

      – Dok Leipzig (competition)
      – Busan Intl. Filmfestival (Wide Angle competition)
      – Vancouver International Filmfestival (competition)
      – Solothurner Filmtage 
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      → IMDb.com – Made in Hong Kong
      → Facebook – go between films

      The documentary «Made in Hong Kong» was also the main part of my Master Thesis in Visual Anthropology at the University of Zurich

      → Master Thesis: Arbeitsbericht zur Entstehung von «Made in Hong Kong» (German only)

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      Luc Schaedler | *1963 in Zurich, Switzerland
      – Independent Swiss filmmaker and producer
      – Founder of the film production company «go between films»

      – Director and producer of «A Long Way Home» (2018); «Watermarks» (2013); «Angry Monk» (2005) and «Made in Hong Kong» (1997)
      – Invitations to international film festivals (selection): Sundance; Busan; Leipzig; Montreal; Locarno; Munich; Tel Aviv

      → INTERVIEW with Luc Schaedler – 04:30

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      CURRICULUM
      – 1985-2002 collaboration as program coordinator, film projectionist and barkeeper in the Off-Cinema Xenix in Zurich
      – 1988-92 travelled and worked in Asia | Barkeeper in Hong Kong and Tokyo
      – 1994-97 studied Visual Anthropology at the University of Zurich
      – Graduated with two documentary features: «Made in Hong Kong» (Master thesis, 1998) and «Angry Monk» (Ph.D. thesis, 2005)
      – 1998-2001 collaboration in setting up the children’s film club «Magic Lantern» in Zurich
      – Since 2001 various teaching positions in Visual Anthropology and documentary filmmaking at the Universities in Zurich, Bern and Fribourg
      – From 2006-08 head of the department of Visual Anthropology at the Anthropological Museum of Zurich University.

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      → FILMOGRAPHY of Luc Schaedler

      → Luc Schaedler’s thoughts on films about Tibet
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      → IMDb.com – Luc Schaedler
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