• The festival of Swiss culture in Satka

On July 1, 2016, Pierre Helg, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation in Russia, opened the Festival of Swiss culture in Satka. The Festival program was designed for one month. The series of events started with the Days of Swiss cinematography. The viewers watched both feature films and documentaries, representing modern Swiss cinematic art. Also, Satka inhabitants were able to visit round-table discussions on the topic of Swiss-Russian cooperation in the areas of economy, culture, tourism, education and science. 


The Days of Swiss cinematography became one of the most vivid events. The first film showed in this program was the feature film “Sam”, made by Elena Khazanova - Swiss director of Russian origin, founder of “Cinema” festival, which familiarizes the Swiss with motion pictures made in post-Soviet countries. This film already has several awards. in 2014, on the V International Festival in New-York this movie was recognized as the best foreign language film, and also received the award for the best male supporting role. On the 38th International Film Festival in Sao Paulo (Brazil) this film received the Audience Choice Award.  


— Satka is not the first Russian city, where we demonstrate Swiss movies. For the last two years  we were in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Vladivostok, Yakutsk.  But we always feel a bit nervous when we present our Swiss program to new viewers. Not least because the most of films that we offer for viewing are documentaries. We decided to open this Swiss films festival with “Sam” for several reasons. Today’s event is not just a demonstration of cinema art of one country, this is the kind of communication, exchange of creative experience, a way to better understand each other. “Sam” movie symbolizes this dialog, explains Elena Naumova, cultural attaché in Swiss embassy. — The film was made in French, which is one of four national languages in Switzerland. And this movie is intimate and understandable for all people, because it is deals with matters of human relations. This work somehow reminds me the books of the best children’s writers, which do not strive to oblige the children, but honestly discuss the adult problems with them. This is the dialog, which leads to mutual understanding, when people manage to hear each other. This includes all types of communication, particularly a dialog of cultures, which brought us all here today.


During the Days of Swiss cinematography, six other films were also demonstrated – a documentary about journey and adventures of two shepherds “Winter nomads”; short animation film “Prose of the Trans-Siberian express and of little Jeanne of France”, a comedic story about a plump boy, a shepherd-dog and its trainer “Bouboule”; a documentary “From the life of Zuberg village” — a story about how you’re going to communicate with your neighbours when all public places in the village, from café to the post office, have just disappeared, and all gardens are surrounded by tall fences; “Resuns” — documentaries about the everyday life of people speaking the fourth national language of Switzerland, Rhaeto-Romance; “Horizons” – about creative career of female dancers of the classical ballet of the Great Theatre of Havan.


Entrance to movie screening was totally free. All films were viewed in the original language – Deutsch and French, with Russian subtitles.


Photo by Pavel Kuleshov.