Arts & Leisure

Family films at the first Swiss Film Fest

Posted on April 25, 2017

YOU CAN TRAVEL to Switzerland without having to fly there through the first Swiss Film Festival on April 28 to 30 and May 5 to 7 at the Edsa Shang Cineplex Cinema 4.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines, the Swiss Embassy, in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines and Shangri-la Plaza, is mounting its first ever Swiss Film Fest. It will feature three films fit for families and friends. Admission is free.

“It hopes to share and promote our cultures,” said Swiss Ambassador to the Philippines, Andrea Reichlin, at a movie press preview on April 20.

She added that while one travels through the Philippines from island to island, a journey through Switzerland goes from mountain to mountain. This is one aspect of our commonality, she said.

“The film fest is an invitation to travel and to share our cultures,” she added.

The film festival features three movies with children as leads. At the forefront is Heidi, who is perhaps the most beloved Swiss character. Based on the classic children’s book by Johanna Spyri, Heidi tells the tale of the orphaned girl and her journey to the mountains with her reclusive grandfather and her friend Peter.

Vitus, which the media saw during the press preview, also has a young protagonist. Vitus is a genius pianist at 12. While his parents only mean well, they pushed him so hard that he fakes a head injury so he can live a “normal” life.

Mein Name ist Eugen, or Rascals on the Road, is another book adaptation. Based on the classic novel by Klaus Schädelin, the movie set in the 1960s is a coming-of-age tale revolving around Eugen and his friends during their summer vacation.

All movies will have English subtitles.

The films chosen all share universal values: “friendship, family, and the aspiration to have a better society,” said Ms. Reichlin. -- Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman