6 Swiss Restored Classics Screening at Fajr

6 Swiss Restored Classics Screening at Fajr

Six restored classic movies from Switzerland are screening in the Restored Classics category of the 38th Fajr International Film Festival.

According to the festival organizers, the Swiss screening program has been arranged in collaboration with the Swiss Film Archive (French: Cinémathèque Suisse, German: Schweizer Filmarchiv), a state-approved non-commercial foundation based in Lausanne, whose aims are to collect, protect, study and present film archives.

The movies of the 1920 to 1970 were directed by renowned Swiss directors and are supported by the Cinémathèque Suisse.  The Restored Classics program is also screening eight classic movies from Iran and France.

Swiss Lineup

Charles Mort Ou Vif

Switzerland | 1969 | 95 min

Director: Alain Tanner

Cast: François Simon, Marcel Robert, Marie-Claire Dufour

Synopsis

Dissatisfied with his life, a fifty-year-old director of a watch parts factory in Geneva, Charles Dé, gives up everything to go to the countryside where he settles down with new friends. His son recruits a private detective to track him down.

Le Fou

Switzerland | 1970 | 87 min

Director: Claude Goretta

Cast: François Simon, Camille Fournier, Arnold Walter

Synopsis

George takes care of his wife and leaves a full-time job opportunity but is forced into retirement for poor health. When an investment firm wipes out his life savings, George takes up a life of crime. He is soon driven to the brink of insanity over the unfortunate series of events that occur.

Le Grand Soir

Switzerland | 1976 | 95 min

Director: Francis Reusser

Cast: Arnold Walter, Roland Sassi, Jacqueline Parent, Niels Arestrup, François Berthet

Synopsis

In Lausanne, Léon is involved in an accident with a small Leninist group and gets to know Léa, a dedicated activist and the group leader’s mistress. The police keep a close eye on them and trouble is bound to follow.

Les Arpenteurs

Switzerland | 1971 | 85 min

Director: Michel Soutter

Cast: Jean Luc Bideau, Jacques Denis, Marie Dubois

Synopsis

Lucien asks a friend, Léon, to take him to the woman he desires, Alice, a basket of provisions and to thank him for it offers him its cap. Léon seduces Alice, a small brunette, and admits later to his friend his love.

Mein Persien-Flug 1924-1925

Switzerland | 1925 | 81 min

Director: Walter Mittelholzer

Synopsis

A film by Walter Mittelholzer, shot during a flight from Zurich to Tehran he made on business in 1924 for the Junkers factories, a German manufacturer of planes and motors.

Visages D’enfants

Switzerland, France | 1925 | 117 min

Director: Jacques Feyder

Cast: Jean Forest, Victor Vina, Pierrette Houyez

Synopsis

The village of Saint-Luc, in Valais. Pierre Amsler, a trustee and owner of the local sawmill, has just lost his wife. While his 10-year-old son Jean does not accept his mother’s disappearance, Amsler thinks of remarrying a young widow, herself the mother of a little girl.

The 2021 FIFF is underway in the Iranian capital until June 2. This year’s event is presided over by Iranian film director and screenwriter Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour.


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