Unrueh

Unrest
Another time is possible! At least that is the case in the early days of industrial watchmaking in Switzerland in around 1877, when the disparity between the authorities, manufacturers and models gives rise to parallel temporal dimensions, each with their own timetable, values and ideology. In this proto-Taylorist society, where dignitaries and their gendarmes control the exact time and dictate the rhythms of production and community, a group of workers form an anarchist union in association with the First International federation of workers’ groups. This is where Josephine, who is in charge of assembling the unrest wheel, the heart of the mechanical watch, meets the Russian cartographer Pyotr Kropotkin, who is currently in the Jura valleys. Inspired by anarchist ideas, they demand the liberation of time and counter the values of the marketplace and nationalism with solidarity and pacifism.
After his debut Those Who Are Fine, Schäublin continues to refine his style, which combines meticulous composition – both in his characteristic wide shots as well as in the extreme close-ups celebrating manual labour – with a distinct political stance that uses distancing and humour to enhance the topicality and universality of the story.
by Cyril Schäublin
with Clara Gostynski, Alexei Evstratov, Monika Stalder, Hélio Thiémard, Li Tavor, Valentin Merz, Laurence Bretignier, Laurent Ferrero, Mayo Irion, Daniel Stähli
Switzerland 2022 Swiss German,  French,  Russian 93’ Colour World premiere

With

  • Clara Gostynski (Josephine Gräbli)
  • Alexei Evstratov (Pyotr Kropotkin)
  • Monika Stalder (Mireille Paratte)
  • Hélio Thiémard (Claire Gysin)
  • Li Tavor (Mila Fuchs)
  • Valentin Merz (Factory Director Roulet)
  • Laurence Bretignier (Louise Liechti)
  • Laurent Ferrero (Gendarme Payard)
  • Mayo Irion (Photographer Clément)
  • Daniel Stähli (Operational Planner Stähli)

Crew

Written and Directed byCyril Schäublin
CinematographySilvan Hillmann
EditingCyril Schäublin
MusicLi Tavor
Sound DesignRoland Widmer
SoundMiguel Moraes Cabral
Production DesignSara B. Weingart
CostumesLinda Harper
Make-UpJean Cotter
CastingRhea Plangg
Assistant DirectorMarc Gerber
Production ManagerAndrea Blaser
ProducersLinda Vogel, Michela Pini
Co-ProductionCinédokké, Savosa

Produced by

Seeland Filmproduktion

Cyril Schäublin

The director was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1984 into a family of watchmakers. He studied Mandarin and film at the Zhong Xi Academy in Beijing and then film directing at the DFFB in Berlin. Upon graduating, he returned to Switzerland. His debut feature film Those Who Are Fine premiered at Locarno and won several awards including Best Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Unrueh is his second feature film.

Filmography

2009 Lenny; short film 2011 Portrait; short film 2013 Modern Times; short film 2017 Dene wos guet geit (Those Who Are Fine) 2021 Il faut fabriquer ses cadeaux (Gotta Fabricate Your Own Gifts); short film 2022 Unrueh (Unrest)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022