Focus on Christian Schocher
Christian Schocher is both an artisan and a genius of the 7th art: he runs a cinema, he is a photographer, but above all, he is a cult film director. His film Reisender Krieger (1981) has become legendary in the eyes of many filmmakers and critics; it may very well be the most important film made in the last 30 years, and is surely the most underestimated one. A small television film and a masterful piece of cinema all in one, it is a road movie that travels through a little known country, Switzerland. The film shows us the odyssey of a solitary man, Krieger, played by the charismatic Willy Ziegler, a modern anti-hero who sets out to show us a Switzerland that is the absolute opposite of the one we usually see on postcards.
This film was made with just one hand-held camera, no artificial lighting, improvised dialogs and direct sound only, without any kind of compromise or technical trick. Reisender Krieger is a monumental and magic adventure, and it was possible to make it thanks to the confidence set in it by television and in spite of scepticism from cinema producers.
Long before Jarmusch, Kaurismäki, or Dogma 95, Schocher created a revolution in cinematic expression and contributed one of the most important works from Switzerland to the history of modern cinema. Here is a unique occasion to discover this masterpiece in its “director’s cut” version (astonishingly, it is shorter than the original) and also to see the filmmaker, who rarely appears in public. In order to emphasize the value and importance of Reisender Krieger even more, CTE is showing a second road movie from the same era made by another Swiss bard, Alain Tanner’s Messidor (1978).
de Alain Tanner •
France/Suisse, 1979, 120' , vo fr , st ang
de Christian Schocher •
Suisse, 1981, 142' , vo all , st fr/ang