Company Name: Kinoevent GmbH, Rapperswil
Interviewee: Christian Meier
What’s the story behind Kinoevent? Willy Leuzinger, one of the pioneers of Swiss film and cinema, started things up here in Rapperswil more than a century ago. His granddaughter Marianne Hegi ran the two local cinemas over the last 30 years. With high investments to be made for digitalisation and no successors to take over she was forced to close the cinemas in early 2011.
I grew up in Rapperswil, without siblings nor television so I often went to the cinema. When I heard that the cinemas were going to be closed, I decided to help Mrs Hegi and to save film culture in our beautiful town. I bought the cinema business, remodelled and digitalised and learned how to run two cinemas alongside my day job. It was and still is an adventure for me and my family - my wife, three teenager and the dog (he loves the popcorn).
Why start an English film night? I love it when chilled out people meet similar-minded people and have a chance to relax and chat to each other. In Switzerland, people usually just say hello and that’s about it! But imagine leaving the cinema with new friends? It is such a great opportunity and it happens naturally when people talk the same language and experience something unusual together.
After observing many English speaking couples at a film night, who were standing all alone in the middle of a Swiss-German speaking crowd, we created the idea of organising an English film night for native speakers.
Do you have English speaking staff? That used to be a problem. We didn't have any native English-speaking crew but recently Jay from Australia joined our team, just in time for our first event on Tuesday 11th December at 7.30pm.
What’s the first film you will be screening? It’s hard to follow James Bond or Twilight, but Cloud Atlas offers something very special - I've never seen anything like this before. It stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon among others playing up to five different roles each in various epochs, geniously woven together. Everybody and everything is interlinked - it's a great film!
What else will be happening on the night? Jay has a few surprises lined up for everybody and is doing everything to make it an enjoyable and unforgettable event. He is inspired with energy and ideas, including the brand new Kinobar. The sponsors and your new friends will ensure you come back for more!
What? Cloud Atlas English Film Night
When? Tuesday 11th December at 7.30pm
Where? Kinobar Leuzinger, Obere Bahnhofstrasse 46 in CH-8640 Rapperswil
Free drink with ticket. To reserve your place call +41(0)55 210 55 01 or email firstname.lastname@example.org