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Angeleno-Swiss Carlos Leal inviting you to “Short Films, Long Nights”, this Saturday, Sep 24 @ Alliance Francaise/Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

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My dear LALALand friends,

I’d like to invite you next Saturday to the event “Shortfilms, Long night” organized by the Swiss consulate and the Theatre Raymond Kabbaz (Theatre Francophone de Los Angeles).

I will present 6 shortfilms in which I am.
Snacks and drinks for everybody.

My selection will be screened between 8pm and 9pm, but the ceremony starts at 5pm and the event will end at 10pm.
Attached the flyer + a little sample.

We’ll have fun!

“Shortfilms, Long Night” (PDF program)
Saturday, September 24, 5-10pm
Theatre “Raymond Kabbaz”
10361 West Pico Bvd
90064 L.A.

Carlos Leal

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September 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Special Screening of “An African Election” with Swiss Director Jarreth Merz

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The Paley Center for Media is proud to present a special screening of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival World Documentary official selection, An African Election (IMDB).

Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:00 pm

In a world plagued by stolen elections, secret government agendas, and a renewed interest in the exploitation of African natural resources, what value does democracy offer, particularly in the tumultuous region of West Africa? For Ghana, a nation that has been Africa’s barometer of political stability, democracy may mean the difference between peace and prosperity—and murderous chaos under military coup.

An African Election is a remarkable documentary that grants viewers unprecedented access to the anatomy of Ghana’s 2008 presidential elections. Capturing the intrigue of electioneering, the intensity of the vote-counting process, and the mood of the countrymen whose fate lies precariously in the balance, director Jarreth Merz’s coverage unfolds with all the tension of a political thriller, revealing the emotions, passions, and ethical decisions that both threaten—and maintain—the integrity of the democratic process. An African Election illuminates a beacon of hope for Africa and for the value and vitality of democracy today.

The screening will be followed by an after-party! Dance to the sounds of a live DJ spinning Africa themed music plus a live band while enjoying cocktails and appetizers.

Admission is free, but RSVPs are required. RSVP at paleycenter.org.
Get the event and screening flyer PDF here

THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA
465 N. Beverly Dr. • Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310.786.1000 | paleycenter.org


Congratulations, Jarreth Merz, You Made(it)in.LA+!

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April 14, 2011 at 1:34 am

One last chance in LA: Must-See Swiss Film “Grounding: The Last Days of Swissair” followed by Q&A with lead Actor Gilles Tschudi

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The Cultural Foreign Policy Centre of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles present: A week with Gilles Tschudi – Los Angeles, April 11-14, 2011.

The series, celebrating one of the most highly acclaimed Swiss Actors, includes two screenings of “ONE OF THE BIGGEST HITS IN SWISS FILM HISTORY!”

Grounding: The Last Days of Swissair (IMDB, official)

The demise of airline Swissair in 2001 was a huge blow to Switzerland’s economy and to the country’s morale. It was a sad day for Swiss history when the airline’s fleet was grounded on 2 October 2001. “Grounding” by Award-Winning Director Michael Steiner (IMDB, official), is set during the last days of the doomed airline, and tells the story of manager Mario A. Corti‘s unhappy fate, the last, unlucky CEO at the traditional airline company, as well as of all those nameless people who lost almost everything in the maelstrom of Swissair’s downfall: their job, home and their belief in Switzerland

Join us to see this Swiss Blockbuster and admire the amazing performance of Gilles Tschudi. There will be refreshments prior to the screening and a Q&A will follow afterward.

NO RSVPS NEEDED – Film will be shown in its original Swiss-German version, with English subtitles.


APRIL 11, 2011 – 7 pm
Théatre Raymond Kabbaz
10361 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

APRIL 13, 2011 – 7 :30pm
Caltech, California Institute of Technology
(Prof Aebi, CalTech – Special Event Flyer)
Campus Baxter Lecture Hall (PDF Campus detail map)
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125-3405

Written by M:)

April 13, 2011 at 12:15 am

CalTech, Alliance & Sunset Screening Room: Up Close and Personal with Swiss Actor Gilles Tschudi in LA!

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Presented by the Consul General of Switzerland

Swiss actor Gilles Tschudi (IMDB, official) is a rarity of its kind – one of the very few actors who are not only 100% bilingual but also perform perfectly in both French and German language. Growing up in Basel with a French speaking mother and a Swiss German speaking father, Gilles Tschudi got immersed from early not only in two languages but also in two cultures.

After getting his training at the Schauspiel-Akademie Zürich, Gilles Tschudi performed on various theatre stages in the major cities of German and French speaking Switzerland. Among other roles he got fame with the Swiss public as the bad guy and scheming financer Michael Frick in the Swiss Chocolate Soap Opera “Lüthi & Blanc”, which has been a very popular show on prime time Swiss TV between 1999 – 2006. The Blockbuster Grounding – the Last Days of Swissair” (IMDB, YouTube, YouTube), was another highlight in his film acting career. Tschudi, personifies the two-fisted Swiss Banker Marcel Ospel with an amazing alikeness not just because of some common features with the true persona, but also because his admiring ability to immerse himself completely in a role.

Tschudi regularly performs in German and French speaking productions in theatre and over 26 film roles. His roles vary. So far he has often played “the Bad Guy”. Playing in bigger and smaller roles, Gilles Tschudi is a very busy actor, always searching for new challenges also outside the Bad Guy spectrum.

In 2011 Gilles Tschudi is appearing in three theatre productions; at the Theater am Neumarkt Zürich he plays Rickard in the production “Ein Loch in meinem Herzen” by Lukas Moodysson. In “Katharina” by Heinrich Böll/Jerôme Richer, at the Comédie Genève, he is Commissaire Beitzmenne, and at the Klosterspiele Wettingen, he portrays Foulon in “Der Franzose im Aargau”.

The very likeable and environmentally conscious vegetarian Gilles Tschudi dedicates his time as president of the Swiss Actors Union (SSFV).

Take this unique opportunity to participate at the various events of the the Gilles Tschudi Week, organized by the Consulate General of Switzerland. Get up and close with this great actor and “see him conquer Hollywood”.

Congratulations Gilles Tschudi, You Made(it)in.LA+!

Download a handy reference postcard of all Gilles Tschudi events shown here

Grounding – The Last Days of Swissair (2006) IMDB
APRIL 11, 2011 – 7 pm

Directed by Michael Steiner, starring Hans-Peter Müller-Drossart, Michael Neuenschwander, Gilles Tschudi. Grounding – the Last Days of Swissair is the 6th biggest blockbuster hit from Switzerland. Most Swiss remember those tense days shortly after 9/11- some stuck on foreign airports, most just shocked about the historical grounding of the Swiss Airline, known for its great reputation. This film tells the story of the last days of Swissair and how its destiny was connected to the fate of Swiss top manager Mario A. Corti, the luckless chief of a tradition-rich airline, and the tragic fate of many people who lost almost everything: Job, house and the belief in Switzerland itself.

Join us to see this Swiss Blockbuster and admire the amazing performance of Gilles Tschudi. There will be refreshments prior to the screening and a Q&A will follow afterward. NO RSVPS NEEDED = Film will be shown in its original Swiss-German version, with English subtitles.

VENUE:
Théatre Raymond Kabbaz
10361 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

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In Celebration of Max Frisch 100th Birthday
APRIL 12, 2011 – 7 pm

Ron Sossi, artistic director of the Odyssey theatre Ensemble will talk about his staging of Frisch’s play “the Arsonists”. Swiss actor Gilles Tschudi will read excerpts from the novel “Homo Faber” in German and English. Snacks and Refreshments will be served. This event is organized in co-operation with the Goethe Institut Los Angeles.

Goethe Institut Los Angeles
5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Grounding – The Last Days of Swissair (2006) IMDB
APRIL 13, 2011 – 7 :30pm

Directed by Michael Steiner, starring Hans-Peter Müller-Drossart, Michael Neuenschwander, Gilles Tschudi. Grounding – the Last Days of Swissair is the 6th biggest blockbuster hit from Switzerland. A Q&A with Gilles Tschudi will follow the screening. This event is organized in partnership with the California Institue of Technology in Pasadena.

Caltech, California Institute of Technology
Campus Baxter Lecture Hall (PDF Campus detail map)
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125-3405

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►An afternoon dedicated to Jacques Chessex
APRIL 14, 2011 – 12 noon

Professor Jean-Claude Carron (UCLA) will talk about the life and the work of the Swiss author (1934-2009). Actor Gilles Tschudi will read excerpts from the novel “L’Ogre” in French. Snacks and refreshments will be served. This event is organized in co-operation with the Alliance Français Los Angeles.

Alliance Française de Los Angeles
10390 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 120
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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►Opération Casablanca (2011) (IMDB)
“THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT SWISS COMEDY OF 2011
APRIL 14, 2011 – 5 pm

Directed by Laurent Nègre, starring Tarik Bakharri, Elodie Young, Gilles Tschudi and Jean-Luc Bideau. One day, Saadi finally snaps. His boss has mistreated him one time too many. But when the young dishwasher, a North African illegal immigrant dares to protest, he is summarily fired. Leaving the rundown hotel in the outskirts of Geneva, on foot and with all his belongings in a shoulder bag, he becomes entangled in a terrorist group’s attempt to kidnap the Secretary-General of the United Nations and is surrounded by a SWAT team battalion who has mistaken him for one of the Arab criminals. With both the terrorists and the police gunning for him, desperate to keep from going under in this vortex of insanity, Saadi has no choice but to play along with the fundamentalists and try to find his own piece of heaven. This screening is organized in partnership with Bord Cadre Films Geneva.
http://www.operation-casablanca.com

Sunset Screening Room (free Parking in the “Sunset Towers” office building (Sunset Plaza – NOT to be confused with the Sunset Tower Hotel!)
8730  W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069-2245

Written by M:)

April 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Swiss Filmmaker Daniela Ambrosoli presents… “HN Hermann Nitsch” at the 2011 Beverly Hills Film Festival

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Swiss filmmaker Daniela Ambrosoli (web, IMDB) presents her documentary

HN HERMANN NITSCH

at the 2011 Beverly Hills Film Festival on Friday, April 8th at 9pm at the

Clarity Theater, 100 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210BUY TICKET HERE.

“The encounter with Hermann Nitsch and his work (a real shock) have stimulated my curiosity to find out what kind of man hides behind the renowned  founder of Viennese Actionism. Hence the need to shoot a documentary about the human being and his work to find an answer to this query.”

Daniela Ambrosoli, daughter of the German dancer Sonja Bragowa and the Italian trader Pierino Ambrosoli was born in Ascona, Switzerland. After attending high school in Ascona and Locarno she studies and works in the fields of psychology and medicine in Florence, Zürich and Geneva.

With the birth of her first two children and the premature death of her father her life changes dramatically. She learns management and takes over many of the firms created by her father, such as Camping Delta and Ambrosoli Real Estate in Locarno.

In 1990 she founds the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation to help the education of art students worldwide, with a special regard to dance and music. In the following years Daniela Ambrosoli takes part in numerous executive boards of International associations working with dance, music and humanitarian issues. She starts Travel & Culture Management in Zürich in 1999. Through her daughter Shari Yantra Marcacci (IMDB) screenwriter and director, and her son Aliocha Merker (IMDB), photographer and cameraman, she has been closely related to the movie industry for years. She has worked on documentaries for several productions, between others: “Depression” (2004) and “Love & Handicap” (2007), both directed by Renato Pugina and produced by the Swiss National Television, as assistant director and production manager. “HN Hermann Nitsch” marks her debut as director.

As a survivor of WWII, which will mark his life and work permanently, Hermann Nitsch (wiki) is considered one of the most important contemporary artists in the world while his work continues to generate conflicting reactions for the use of blood and slaughtered animals.

Born in Austria in 1938, he had to flee catholic persecutions. He is considered the founder of “Viennese Actionism” and is famous worldwide for his “Theatre of the Orgies and Mysteries”. Painter, writer, composer and performer, Nitsch is a “total” artist, unique and controversial; his work appears in some of the most important museums in the world including the Metropolitan and the MoMA in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and is featured in two museums entitled exclusively to him, within the museum centre Mistelbach and the Museo Hermann Nitsch in Naples.

Thanks to Nitsch’s private and unpublished archives, the documentary (filmed during more then one year, between Austria, Italy and Romania) is an intimate and unique portrait of his life, work and personality. An extraordinary journey that uncovers who Hermann Nitsch really is, not only as an artist, but most of all as a human being.

Carissima Daniela,
For your tireless contributions and achievements benefiting Music, Art & Film, we’d like to recognize you with an “Honorary Angeleno-Swiss Award”:
Congratulations, Daniela Ambrosoli, you Made(it)in.LA+!

Written by M:)

April 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Congratulations Lukas Ettlin, Dir. of Photography, “Battle: LA”

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Grab your popcorn and join us in congratulating Basel-born Lukas Ettlin (IMDB, UTA), Director of Photography in the upcoming Film “Battle:LA” (rel. 3/11/11), a SciFi thriller about a Marine platoon facing off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles.

Hard to imagine this is based on a true story:
read all about 1942’s real-lifeBattle of Los Angeles“!

Congratulations, Lukas – you Made(it)in.LA+ (again!). See you at the Box office!

 

 

Written by M:)

February 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Prof. Aebi presents: an evening with Stefan Haupt @ Caltech

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Aebi presents:

HOW ABOUT LOVE” (Switzerland – 2010)

with film director Stefan Haupt


Wednesday – Feb. 16, 7:30pm
Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech Pasadena

The film is in Swiss German, Thai, Burmese, –  English subtitles

SUMMARY: Fritz Reinhart is a successful surgeon in Zurich suddenly faced with the suffering in a refugee camp on the Burmese border during his vacation in Thailand. Being a doctor, he is confronted with the issue of providing immediate emergency aid. He has no idea that this is going to last a whole year and that as a “helper” he will be caught in a turmoil of emotions that challenge his existence as a family man, even his entire life, abruptly and radically.

With: Adrian Furrer, Andrea Pfaehler and Martin Hug,  (Nominee best supporting actor Solothurn 2011) Jorm Leun Hkam, Arthit Kimakhom

 

Sponsored by the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences and presented by Prof. Dr. Aebi (Caltech)

Find out more about Swiss Films: visit http://www.FilmSearch.ch

Written by M:)

February 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm

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