– They are fighting slave traders and neighboring tribes
The movie “The Woman King” tells the story of African female warriors. We recommend a documentary on the uprisings in Chile and a photo of the partisan city of Rimini.
Historical Film by Gina Prince-Bethwood, USA / CA 2022, 135 min.
Who would have imagined that there was a war elite of women in West Africa in the nineteenth century? These so-called Agogi not only defended the kingdom of Dahomey against European slave traders, but also against aggressive neighboring tribes. At least that’s how The Woman King tells it, as the film takes turns taking the view of Army Chief Nanisca (Viola Davis) and her foster daughter Naoi (Thisso Mbedu).
Naoi, who refused to marry an old man, has to prove herself as a capable warrior at the training camp. On the other hand, Nanisca still has an account to settle with her old opponent Oba (Jimmy Odkoya) Open. Then there’s the Portuguese Malik (Jordan Bolger), whose mother is Dahomey and very interested in Nawi.
“The Woman King” shows what it means to be a warrior and to practice renunciation – but also what holds the Agojie community together at its core. The film has a great cast (with Viola Davis heading 100% Oscar nomination). The action is well divided and the soundtrack is great. One might wonder why the Portuguese speak Portuguese while the Dahomey speak clumsy English. There may also be some truth in the frequently expressed accusation that the Dahomey themselves enslaved other tribes. That’s why you don’t have to immediately interrupt the movie, as is required on social media. (zas)
Apaton, Arena, Corso, Cosmos, Metropol
Mi país imaginario
Patricio Guzman Documentary, Chile 2022, 83 min.
Chile rejected a recent constitution in September – a defeat for the country’s left, which launched a joyous reform project after the 2019 social revolution. One could almost forget the anger with which people took to the streets at that time. First in protest against the rise in subway prices and then because they demanded more justice for the poor in the first place.
Fortunately, director Patricio Guzmán documented the moment: the uprising of the younger generation is being framed by women. The state’s harsh response reminds Guzmán of the darkest days of the military dictatorship.
As a poet among documentary filmmakers, Guzmán has already made near-universal films about his country’s history of violence (“Nostalgia de la luz”). Now he talks about the rebellion in his homeland in a more classic but no less powerful way. (blue)
Sunday 9/10/Sunday 16/10/Sunday 23/10/12pm, ZENEX
Drama by Ulrich Seidl, A/D/F 2022, 114 min.
Rimini in the winter off season: Pop singer Richie Bravo (Michael Thomas) from Austria has seen better times. Now he sings his old songs (written specifically for the movie) for the car in greasy hotels and also fulfills the more intimate desires of mature fans. Until one day his eldest daughter appears.
Ulrich Seidl is in a storm over the alleged shooting of “Sparta”. (You will find more about it here.This movie is the second part of the diptych and it is about Bravo’s brother. “Rimini” is the first half and once again appears Seidl as a sympathetic director. Even if he seemed to be repeating himself: he was never so eager. (blue)
Drama by Nicholas Yves Ebe, CH 2022, 55 min.
Zurich 1982: Colette (Sarah Schroeder) lives in the Stüssihof, and she tells us stories from the neighbourhood. A young crocodile escapes, a farmer steals his money, and a punk argues with a police officer until a nun steps in: the elegant black-and-white Boulevard Theater. With “Cheibe Zürcher”, photographer Nicolas Yves Aebi filmed a documentary about the Langstrasse region, his feature film “Stüssihof” is now inspired by his youth in Niederdorf. Both films will be shown in a double package. (g)
Thursday 6/10/Thursday 10/13, 8pm, Stüssihof
Documentary by Pauline Jullier, CH 2021, 61 min.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. But what if there was even more powerful research at his disposal? Documentary filmmaker Pauline Jullier is on hand when scientists gather at CERN Research Center to discuss the future Circular Collider (FCC), a facility that will one day dominate the LHC. A powerful machine that can probe the foundations of the universe like never before.
“Way Beyond” becomes almost religious when it comes to the future dreams of the scientific community. But at meetings and conferences, matters of fact are discussed above all: who pays the billions of francs that the cables alone cost? How do you organize catering for workers on the huge construction site? And how should you transport those individual parts that are simply too large for trucks and roads? A wonderful clash between desire and reality.
After the show, there will be a panel discussion with the director and Professor Dr. Günther Dissertori, ETH Dean and Physicist. (g)
Sunday 9.10, 6.50 pm, RIVER
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The missing pigeon collar
Fairy Tales of Nasr Khmer Tun 1991, 88 min.
An Arabic fairy tale with beautiful pictures: a young calligraphy student who wants to know what love is. During his search, he stumbled upon a page from a book that tells about a princess. The student is intrigued. But where did he find the rest of the book? There is also a prince turned into a monkey and a boy whose father is a genie in a bottle. “The Lost Dove’s Necklace” is the central part of Nasir Khemir’s Desert Trilogy, which has just been restored. (g)
Sunday 9.10, 1.15 p.m.; Sunday 23.10, 11 am; Arthus Auto
Science fiction series by Tony Gilroy, USA 2022, 12 episodes
Ever since “Star Wars” belonged to the Disney collection, entire stories have been systematically crafted that were often alluded to in early films but remained empty spaces for the imagination for decades. Andor’s latest Star Wars series is enhancing this obsessive storytelling yet doing everything very differently: it’s prehistoric to prehistoric.
It is about Cassian Andor – played by Diego Luna – a somewhat deceptive protagonist who gets into trouble with the powers of the Galactic Empire for killing the wrong men in a dark alley.
That alone is already a revolution: the “Star Wars” hero who neither exists nor does exist in this world, rigidly divided into good and evil? Before that, he was only with Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford in the old movies. The mere fact that antagonists get something like the character as an exception should be considered gritty after the latest movies and series in the franchise. Andor brings some color to the black and white universe of Star Wars. (S.Z)
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