Stefan Schwietert: Heimatklänge

This music documentary film is about Swiss music – the famous and for many, including me, unbearable yodel – and Swiss artists who have developed their music from the yodel into a great innovative and fascinating rythmic play with the voice. It has been released in Swiss cinemas and very right so, as it has a uniquely built visual structure that makes the three artists stand out on their own and at the same time comment each other’s achievements.

Erika Stucky is the funniest of the three, a woman who went to the US and became a performer of extraordinary power and charisma. Her family has a big film archive of super 8 film which is convincingly used in the narrative, including scenes with her, who as a child always wanted to be a hullahulla dancer. This wish was not well received in the Swiss schools!

The film has a light tone and the director is not afraid to play with the landscape and bring out the artists to express themselves in a mountain scenography. One – Christian Z. – even goes to Mongolia to meet with colleagues who also do overtone voive mastering.

How does Switzerland sound? This is what the film is about, entertainingly it is done, with a lot of information given in a spirit of joy and playfulness.

Switzerland, 2007, 81 mins.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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