Those Who Are Fine
Switzerland201771 MinSwiss German
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, UA, ES, PT, IT, PL, HU, RO
- Variety -
Combining careful asymmetry and disquieting composition, there’s exceptional precision to the mechanistic way the scenes fit together, like dully glinting cogs and brushed-steel gears.
Those Who Are Fine
(Dene Wos Guet Geit)
Alice works in a callcenter in the outskirts of Zurich, selling internet subscriptions and insurance deals to strangers on the other end of the line. After work she walks through the city, which seems to function without any friction. Inspired by her job, she calls lonely grandmothers and pretends to be their granddaughter in urgent need of money. As she quickly makes a fortune with this trick, the film portrays and explores various places and people in the city of Zurich, all strangely connected to Alice’s deed.
Special Mention - Locarno Festival
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Best Film - Edinburgh International Film Festival
Supported by Media Creative Europe
- Starring: Sarah Stauffer, Nikolai Bosshardt, Fidel Morf, Belgouidoum Chihanez, Toni Majdaladi, Mohamed Aghrabi
- Production: Seeland Filmproduktion GmbH, Amon Films
A story of an organized scam in Zurich leads to this chilling portrayal of a dystopic, alienated society, this formalist film is truly a revelation.
Cyril Schäublin (b. 1984 in Zurich), a descendant of a watchmaker family, left Switzerland in 2004 to live in Beijing, China. In 2006 he moved back to Europe to study cinema in Paris and Berlin, where he graduated at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb) in 2012. At the dffb, he was a student of Lav Diaz and James Benning and made several short films. In 2017 he founded the production company Seeland Filmproduktion in Zurich. His first feature film, THOSE WHO ARE FINE, premiered in Locarno and Rotterdam. The film received an invitation to New Directors / New Films at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and won several prices, like the Award for Best International Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. THOSE WHO ARE FINE got nominated for the European Film Awards 2018. He lives and works in Zurich.
The title of our film refers to a traditional swiss folk song, “Dene wos guet geit” by Mani Matter. It is a song about the organisation of wealth, about the haves and have-nots. The crime depicted in the film is based on a trick of confidence which takes advantage of the disconnection between the generations of grand- children and their grandparents. Everything about the trick seems to happen in an anonymous space. We considered this ‘crime’ as a chance to portray and explore our hometown.