Cineteca di Milano’s first online film festival

The festival “Il cinema svizzero contemporaneo – I film che non ti aspetti” is an online film festival dedicated to the contemporary Swiss cinema. It is organised by Cineteca di Milano with the support of the Swiss general consulate in Milan, with the collaboration of Cinema Svizzero from Venezia and with the contribution of the Swiss Institute.

The week between May 13 and 21 will see the premiere of 20 films between documentaries and feature length movies, an homage to the Swiss director Lionel Baier, an homage to the Swiss photographer René Burri and live conversations with directors.

The festival is hosted on the Cineteca di Milano’s streaming platform and it is entirely free. The initiative also wants to become a communal experience by letting the audience be the jury of the movies.

The festival begins on the 13th of May with a greeting from the authorities and then with a the movie “Moka Noir: a Omegna non si beve più caffé” by Erik Bernasconi, which will be streaming for 24 hours.

In the program we can find, thanks to the contribution from the Swiss Institute, an homage to the Swiss director Lionel Baier with three of his films, “La Vanité”, “Un autre homme” and “Comme des Voleurs (à l’Est)”, that deal with the themes of identity and self-discovery.

It is important to highlight a special screening of “La Vocation d’André Carel” by Jean Choux (1925) in the new restoration made by Cinémathèque Suisse. The film will be presented by  Frédéric Maire, the Cinematheque’s director.

For more information on the festival, visit the page dedicated to it on the Cineteca di Milano’s website:


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