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21.11.2017

The Chinese Recipe: Bold and smart

The Chinese Recipe: Bold and Smart takes viewers across China and introduces them to one-of-a-kind enthusiasts and successful entrepreneurs whose curiosity, ambition and sense for innovation shape the way they live and work. Neuenschwander, who spent many years living in Shanghai, draws on his extensive knowledge of this enigmatic country to deliver a thought-provoking and entertaining exploration of a little-known Chinese reality.

“An entertaining road movie through a world of winning artfulness in a rapidly changing country.” Geri Krebs, WOZ

95 min / 5.1/stereo, DCP, 2-DVD Edition NTSC and PAL
Subtitles: English/Mandarin, German/French

 

The Chinese Recipe
Director and producer Juerg Neuenschwander
Consultant Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber, David Li, Silvia Lindtner, Qiongma, Jeff und Mingming Chen, Hang Cheng
Production Container Film AG, in cooperation with SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
Coproduction SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, Urs Augstburger and SRG SSR/national coordination: Sven Wälti
Production manager Anna Fanzun, Michele Dennis
Director of photography Philippe Cordey, (Junjie Lin, 2nd unit)
Editor Regina Bärtschi
Assistant Karin Schmid
Sound Balthasar Jucker, (Yin Yi, Michael Hough, Conrad Slater, Phil Turner, 2nd unit)
Sound mixing SDS Studios, Felix Bussmann
Sound-Design Balthasar Jucker
Music Mario Marchisella
Website of the film www.thechineserecipe-movie.com

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31.10.2017

Simply different (Gleich und anders) – When the mind rebels

Kathia, Phillippe, Marcello, and Christian are all dealing with mental health problems. But despite facing marginalization and spending long periods in the hospital, they are on their way to taking back control of their lives – whether by starting their own business, finding a new job, enrolling in a further training scheme, or simply seeking happiness with a new love in the home they have bought together. Yet alongside all the optimism, there is pain in the knowledge that nothing will be as it was before the breakdown, that they will have to accept a loss of professional, financial, or social status. “They just downgraded my position, made my work more menial. It was like: Get him away from the counter and we’re done.” (Philipp Zürcher)

72 min, 5.1/stereo, DCP and DVD
Subtitles: German, French, English
 

Simply different (Gleich und anders)
Director and producer Juerg Neuenschwander
Script Therese Stutz Steiger, Juerg Neuenschwander
Cooperation Stéphanie Eberle-Senn, Ivan Lüthi, Jörg Hurschler
Production Container Film AG
Director of photography Pierre Mennel
Editor Katrin Suhren, Fleur Matson
Sound Bernhard Zitz
Sound-Design Peter von Siebenthal
Music Mario Batkovic
Production manager Karin Schmid
Website of the film www.simplydifferent-movie.com
Association „Gleich und anders“ www.gleichundandersschweiz.ch

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21.08.2017

The Fear That Has 1,000 Eyes

Cities in the Age of Terrorism
London, Oklahoma, New York, Madrid, Oslo: Every terrorist attack leads to a tightening of security measures. New laws are introduced, and people, money, and flows of goods are increasingly monitored by cameras, biometric data, and an ever-more conspicuous security architecture. In New York the attack came from the air, in London it travelled on the Underground, and in Oslo it came by car and by boat. So where and how will the next one strike? The Fear That Has 1,000 Eyes shows how the threat of attacks is changing life in cities. By looking back at 9/11, the film offers a view of the future and of how our cities will change. It gives viewers a palpable sense of the fragile balance between our need for security and our desire for freedom.

52 min, stereo, color, HD 4:2:2/Bluray/DVD
language versions: German, English

 

The Fear That Has 1,000 Eyes
Production Container Film AG, Juerg Neuenschwander
Coproduction Hanfgarn & Ufer Filmproduktion Berlin, SRF Sternstunden Kunst, 3sat, Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg RBB
Production manager Anna Fanzun, Andrea Ufer
Director and producer Dagmar Brendecke, Walter Brun
Director of photography Claus Judeich (Berlin, London)
Simon Huber (Bern, Zurich)
Philippe Cordey (Hefei)
Sound Gerhard Ehemann, Tom Bernhard, Ingrid Städeli, Junjie Lin
Editor Thomas Waidelich
Sound-Design Mathias Ludwig
Music Peter von Siebenthal

21.06.2017

Bao, the Upright Judge

der rechtschaffene Richter Bao

A glimpse behind the scenes

Acrobatics and transformation as well as dance, music and song are the strong expressive elements of Peking Opera (or Jingjù), a form of traditional Chinese theater. BAO, the Upright Judge, a twelve minute documentary, opens usually closed doors to rehearsal rooms, revealing the hard work that takes place there. It acoompanies the ensemble of Shanghai’s Peking Opera Theatre to the venerable Yifu Theatre in Shanghai. Jürg Neuenschwander’s striking glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes shows Judge BAO during the final preparations before his great performance.

This particular work of Peking Opera lasts over two and a half hours. It is based on the life of the upright and fearless Chinese judge BAO Zheng, 999-1062, who lived during the Northern Song Dynasty. BAO, immediately identifiable for his black-painted face, is a revered character because – using his sword if necessary – he helps poor peasants prevail against corrupt officials, repeatedly and heroically challenging influential family clans, including the Emperor of China.

Commissioned by the Museum der Kulturen Basel, produced by Container TV AG Bern/ Shanghai as part of the exhibition „On Stage – the Art of Peking Opera“, September 6, 2011, to February 26, 2012, www.mkb.ch.

In collaboration with the Chinese Cultural Center, Tongji University Shanghai, and the MediaLab, Bern University oft he Arts.

 

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Bao, the Upright Judge
Production Container Film AG
Collaboration Chinese Cultural Center, Tongji University Shanghai, Master Studio KIC-Tongji and MediaLab, Hochschule der Künste Bern
On behalf Museum der Kulturen Basel
Direction Juerg Neuenschwander
Director assistant Junjie Lin
Camera Philippe Cordey
Sound Gaoiun Lin
Editor Katrin Suhren
Sound-Design Peter von Siebenthal, Projektstudio Gmbh
Cooperation Ying Yu, Wenjing Zhou, Mengxuan Dai

21.04.2017

Boggsing

Of the total population in Switzerland, some eight-hundred thousand – or about ten percent – cannot read or write properly although they attended obligatory schools. It is a staggering number. Most of them are illiterate – a fact they conceal in their everyday lives because our thoughtless society has dismissed them as dumb and lazy since they were very young.

In Boggsing ten of them reveal their predicament allowing us to catch a glimpse of their lives. We learn what strategies they have developed to avoid humiliation. We hear about taboo subjects and great suffering. And they tell us why they have taken the brave decision to break out of their invisible prisons.

BOGGSING – a documentary that gives the word to those who only used to get red pencil marks.

38 Min, stereo, color, HD4:2:2/ Bluray/DVD
Original languages: Swiss German, French
Language versions: Voice-over German, French, English

 

boggsing (boggsen)
Production Container Film AG
Director and producer Juerg Neuenschwander
Production manager Anna Fanzun
Project management, concept Bruno Remund
Collaboration/ Director assistant Stéphanie Eberle-Senn
Camera Philippe Cordey
Sound Patrick Becker, Balthasar Jucker, Andreas Litmanovitsch
Editor Katrin Suhren
Sound-Design, Music Peter von Siebenthal, Projektstudio Gmbh
Technology Manuel Schüpfer
Website of the film www.boggsing.ch/

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15.04.2017

The Rasheda Trust

The Rasheda Trust shows the ups and downs of the Bangladeshi entrepreneur Rasheda Begum, who rose from nothing and holds her ground in a male dominated world. Back in the eighties, Rasheda‘s family lived in extreme poverty. The only cash
income came from Rasheda‘s husband Ali, who worked for a pittance as a labourer. When government officials came to the village and offered the first micro credits, Rasheda saw her chance. A success story, filmed in Bangladesh between 1993 and 2005, surprising and entertaining.

52 min, stereo, color, Video 16:9/DVD
Subtitles: german, french, english
 

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THE RASHEDA TRUST
Production Container Film AG
Director Juerg Neuenschwander
Script Juerg Neuenschwander, Razia Quadir
Collaboration Razia Quadir, Dharitri Media & Communication, Dhaka
Camera Pierre Mennel, Peter Hammann, Oliver Wills
Sound Ingrid Städeli
Editor Regina Bärtschi, Eliane Schott
Sound-Design, Sound mixing Peter von Siebenthal, Projektstudio Gmbh
Production manager Anna Fanzun

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14.04.2017

Kuppel über Bern (Dome over Bern)

Renovation of the Parliament Building, 2006 – 2008

This film tells inside stories from the first extensive round of renovations at Switzerland’s Parliament Building, which is over 100 years old. The Bern architectural firm Aebi & Vincent was responsible for carrying out the project. Between 2006 and 2008, restorers working in the manner of archeologists uncovered historic vaulted ceilings and used their skills to return them to their former glory. Kuppel über Bern (Dome over Bern) is a kaleidoscopic depiction of the surprising, extraordinary feats of craftsmanship that that made the renovations possible – and provided the Swiss parliament with a home worthy of it stature.

40 Min, stereo, color, HD 4:2:2/Bluray/DVD
Subtitles: German, French
 

Ausschnitte: KUPPEL ÜBER BERN – ein Film von Jürg Neuenschwander from Container TV AG on Vimeo.

Kuppel über Bern (Dome over Bern)
Production Container Film AG
On behalf Bundesamt für Bauten und Logistik BBL
Director Juerg Neuenschwander
Consultation Thomas Telley, Aebi & Vincent Architekten
Director of photography Steff Bossert, Manuel Schüpfer, Philippe Cordey, Stéphane Kuthy, Pierre Mennel, Ueli Grossenbacher
Sound Balthasar Jucker, Peter von Siebenthal, Projektstudio GmbH, Ruedi Guyer
Editor Jürg Krebs, Kathrin Suhren
Sound-Design Peter von Siebenthal, Projektstudio GmbH
Assistant production Stéphanie Eberle
Production manager Anna Fanzun

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12.04.2017

Les amis d’Amadou (Amadou’s Friends)

Juerg Neuenschwander is travelling through Burkina Faso and Mali with the three Swiss protagonists of his film “Encounters on the Milky Way”. We see them at the Pan-African Film Festival in Ouagadougou during the premiere, in between open-air screenings driving through spectacular landscapes on washed-out dirt paths. The highlights of the trip are the screening in the remote village of Baraboulé for Amadou Dicko, influential Chef de Canton, and the audience on the following day for “Les Amis d’Amadou”.

52 Min, Stereo, color, DVD
Subtitles: German, French, English
 

Les amis d’Amadou
Production Container Film AG
Direction, script, Producer Juerg Neuenschwander
Director Assistant Hamidou Fatoumata Diallo
Director of photography Stéphan Kuthy
Sound Manuel Schüpfer
Editor Regina Bärtschi
Sound-Design and Sound mixing Peter von Siebenthal, Projektstudio GmbH
Music Mamar Kassey

02.04.2017

Encounters on the Milky Way

Extraordinary visual experiences and surprising connections create a mosaic that encompasses Switzerland and the Sahel. Continually shifting perspectives, self-evident links between cows and milk, market and progress, are set in motion. The focus is on encounters with and experiences of cattle breeders and dairy farmers in Burkina Faso, Mali and Switzerland who face the challenges of the modern world with tenacity and imagination.

94 Min, 5.1/Stereo, color, 35mm/DVD
Subtitles: German, French, English

 

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Q Begegnungen auf der Milchstrasse (Encounters on the Milky Way)
Production Container Film AG
Director, producer, script Juerg Neuenschwander
Assistant director Hamidou Fatoumata Diallo, Mohamed Sadou Diagayété
Director of photography Patrick Lindenmaier, Steff Bossert
Sound Ingrid Städeli, Sandra Blumati
Editor Regina Bärtschi
Sound-Design Peter von Siebenthal
Sound mixing SDS, Hans Künzi
Music Ali Farka Touré, Dinda Sarré, Weltare Douentza, Bazounou

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21.03.2017

sooner or later

sooner or later captures ordinary acts, which in the face of death become a ritual, and gives space to the subtle, nearly invisible gestures and movements, which make the suffering and insecurities more bearable: Caressing a cat, a handshake or a fleeting glance; pictures and moments in death and grief, which we avoid in every day life, feeling insecure, fearful or ashamed. sooner or later tells about the universality of the only certitude in human life. Whether in the Emmental or in Tibet, whether at home or in a hospital, the final farewell to persons and to life is a difficult and painful experience everywhere. But there is no escape from one‘s own transience anywhere.

The film about evanescence, dying, death and grief, despair, anger, pain, helplessness, release and calm.

90 Min, 5.1/stereo, color, 35mm/DCP/Bluray/DVD
Subtitles: German, French, English

 

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Sooner or later (FRÜHER ODER SPÄTER)
Script and direction Juerg Neuenschwander
Producer Therese Scherer-Kollbrunner
Production Container Film AG and CARAC Film AG
Coproduction SF DRS, ARTE Schweiz, ARTE G.E.I.E., TELECLUB AG
Production manager Anna Fanzun
Collaboration Loten Dahortsang, Adrian Linder, Manuel Schüpfer, Anna Fanzun, Nicolas Broccard
Director of photography Philippe Cordey
Sound Ingrid Städeli
Editor Regina Bärtschi
Sound-Design Peter von Siebenthal, Projektstudio GmbH
Music David Gattiker
Sound mixing SDS, Hans Künzi
Website of the film www.soonerorlater.ch/

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