Dialect, amateur actors and the Urner Alps: That is the recipe for success in «Drii Winter» by Lucerne director Michael Koch.

The team from «Drii Winter » can celebrate a success at the Berlinale. The dialect film received a «Special Mention».

Swiss dialect film receives international praise at Berlinale

This is a great honor for the Lucerne director Michael Lang: «I think the film takes you into a very special world, with touching actors.»

Swiss dialect film receives international praise at the Berlinale

In “Drii Winter” is about the love affair between Marco and Anna in a remote alpine village.

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  • Filmmaker Michael Koch receives a “Special Mention” at the Berlinale 2022

  • The film was shot in dialect and with amateur actors.

  • The amateurs are the heart of the film.

There was Not for thirty years: A Swiss dialect film vied for the Golden Bear in the main category of the Berlinale 2022. However, it was not enough for “Drii Winter” by Lucerne director Michael Koch. However, the international jury praised the dialect strip with a «Special Mention».

This is a great honor for Koch, as he says. “All the filmmakers who are here hope for the bear. But what counts for me is the feedback from the audience, the reviews and the moments with the team during the days in Berlin.»

«Amateur actors are the heart of the film»

The premiere was especially nice, where he was able to share the film with the team, actors and viewers on the big screen. Koch himself is also satisfied with the film. “I think the film takes you into a very special world, with touching actors.”

“Drii Winter” is about the love affair between Marco and Anna in a remote alpine village. Since Marco comes from the lowlands, their love is not really accepted in the village. Their relationship is also put to the test when Marco loses control of his reactions due to a brain tumor.

Koch relied on amateur actors for the cast. «They are great people. Their bodies, their faces reflect the environment in which they live and grew up,” says Koch. «You are the heart of this film and it was pleasantly different and very rewarding to work together.»

The Alps staged

“Drii Winter” was shot in Isenthal UR. “The valley where we shot was narrow, the slopes steep,” says Koch, describing the location. In order to emphasize this and to focus the viewer's gaze, the director didn't shoot in the usual widescreen format, but in 4:3.

As well as the Uri Alps inspiring the image format, the people were there too the creative breeding ground for Koch's story. “They influenced the film a lot with their own stories. I just put them together and turned them into a screenplay», says Koch.

Another prize also went to a Swiss filmmaker. Cyril Schäublin won the Encounters Award for Best Director for his film «Unrueh», also shot with amateurs, which deals with the labor movement in the watch industry in the 19th century Jura.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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