How Swiss Embassy Marked German Month in Tbilisi
23 May, 2013
How Swiss  Embassy Marked German Month in Tbilisi
Last week the Swiss Embassy dedicated to the retrospective of the Swiss classic movies that was held within the framework of the German month. Three countries were involved, as the German-speaking states – Germany, Switzerland and Austria. However, in this case, the Swiss side offered film screening to the Georgian spectators.
The film that was shown last Friday, was called “Self-discharge”; Franz Schneider directed it. It was a story about the soldier during the wartime, who escapes from his troops
because he believes that he has killed his superior. The film was shot during the Second World War. However, it turns out later that the latter has survived. He is the happiest man and even enters the courtroom joyfully, assured that he is not a killer. The finale is for the viewers to guess, but the morale of the picture hints that the superior himself forgives him as he sees that the soldier did not intend to do it. The protagonist is a kindhearted but naive man whose human qualities become evident, when he takes care of an orphan little girl whose father, whose wife has died and who rents his flat to the soldier.
“Wachtmeister Studer” is another picture that Georgian Journal viewed. It is based on the novel by Friedrich Glauser, a well-known Swiss author. It’s a crime movie about the murder in a village. People jump to conclusion about the identity of the killer very quickly. But there is a policeman who does not believe it and he continues the investigation and he finds out who the real killer is. “The film was shot in 1939 –the oldest movie that we are showing this week. Usually we show current films, but this time it was the first screening of Swiss classic films,” Florian Gubler, Deputy Head of the Embassy of Switzerland, the organizer of the event, told us.
“The language is a very important element and today the Georgian spectator has an opportunity to watch the films in German language with Swiss dialect. I don’t think that you hear it a lot here so this can be an interesting experience for German-speaking Georgians. However, for the Georgians who do not speak German, we have three movies with Georgian subtitles. These pictures will tell them a lot about the country, where they have never been and the people they have never seen. All of the films were shot before, during or shortly after the Second World War. Therefore, this is Switzerland that does not exist any longer. I think it is interesting how Switzerland looked 60-70 years ago and realize that it has not always been the country as it is nowadays”, Mr. Gubler added.
The ‘who-done-it’ film about the police officer Studer is actually very interesting –well-known Swiss actor Heinrich Gretler who acts convincingly, stars in it. He does not give in and even though there are all preconditions to close the case, he is still suspicious and in the end, finds out the truth – his protagonist is a hero, who is fighting for justice; he loves his profession but he is also an altruist. It is a great movie, Bravo!
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