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The Interview set for Swiss cinema release

The controversial American film The Interview, a political satire film about North Korea, is set for release in Swiss cinemas on January 28th, producer Sony Pictures has confirmed.

The Interview set for Swiss cinema release
Detail of original poster for film. Photo: ABC News/Twitter

Sony decided to cancel the film’s initial theatrical release in the US last month after terrorist threats from a group called the Guardians of Peace, who hacked the film company’s computer systems.

The group referred to the feature film, with a scenario about American journalists instructed to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, as a “movie of terrorism”.

But after an outcry from critics, Hollywood actors and even the White House, Sony quietly made the film available for online purchase and rental before a limited release at 331 American cinemas on Christmas Day.

The film was originally supposed to be released on October 10th and has reportedly been altered to make it more palatable to North Koreans.

deadline.com reported last week that the film was scheduled for wide release in the UK and Ireland on February 16th.

But film-goers in Switzerland will get a head-start.

For those who can wait, Sony is reportedly set to release The Interview on Blue-ray Disc on February 17th.

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‘Switzerlanders’: New film sheds light on ‘ordinary’ Swiss people

A new ‘reality’ film shows footage of how ‘ordinary’ people in Switzerland spent one summer day in 2019.

'Switzerlanders': New film sheds light on 'ordinary' Swiss people
A 'schwingen' competition is one of the scenes in the new movie. Photo by VALERIANO DI DOMENICO / AFP

“The largest collaborative Swiss film project of all time”, according to 20 Minuten newspaper was inspired by the 2011 documentary “Life in a Day”, produced by the English filmmaker Ridley Scott .

The newspaper, which helped get the project off the ground along with several other Swiss companies, described the movie as a “cross-section of our homeland from different perspectives, not only positive, but 100 percent real. Together they create an exceptional cinematic mosaic”.

As its title suggests, ‘Switzerlanders’, which was released last week, is based on tens of thousands of submissions its producers received from people from all over Switzerland, totaling 1,400 hours of collected video material.

The 80-minute film shows what people from different walks of life did on the first day of summer — June 21st — in 2019.

 

For instance, the movie shows a shepherd tending his flock in the mountains, a soldier talking about target practice, a glaciologist exploring the shrinking snow mass, a competition of ‘Schwingen’ — Swiss wrestling — young people at a climate change demonstration, and many others.

The stories recounted by the film’s protagonists are both positive and negative, reflecting their personal experiences on that particular day.

As cinemas are still closed in Switzerland and will not re-open until June 8th, ‘Switzerlanders’ is available for streaming in German, French, and Italian from iTunes, Teleclub, Sky, UPC, or Myfilm.ch  

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