'Switzerlanders': New film sheds light on 'ordinary' Swiss people

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'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

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


“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  


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Anonymous 2020/05/29 19:15
Is this made for the locals in the country who already know what this is all about? If not where is the english subtitles?

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