UNDER BLUE SKIES
In the 1980s, the Upper Engadine region was the setting for a social tragedy that remained unmentionable. Confronted by a way of life determined by the traditional rules of Swiss mountain society, a part of the local youth was suffocating, and gathered to claim their own space. Influenced by the counter-culture movements in Zurich, more and more young villagers started doing drugs, heroin in particular, whose devastating impact took many of their lives. Families and friends found themselves powerless before these losses which became epidemic—and withdrew into silence regarding these deaths. Years later, Ivo Zen (King of the Airs, VdR 2016) reopens the wounds of this painful episode and the filmic process that he puts in place with the inhabitants paves the way for a collective healing. Under Blue Skies questions the youth’s desire to escape vis-à-vis the cultural and social context in which they live, but also in the face of the intoxicating landscape of infinite mountains that surrounds them, where some find reassurance whereas others lose themselves in its immensity. – (Camille Kaiser – Visions du réel)
Nyon, Visions du réel, National Competition, April, 2020
Solothurn, Journées de Soleure, January 2021
Italy, Bolzano Film Festival, April, 2021
Born in 1970 in Santa Maria, Val Müstair, Switzerland. 1992-96 Studies architecture at the ETH – Zurich. 2003 Receives degree from ESBA (École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Geneva), film and video department. 2004 co-founder of the film production unit Alva Film. Since 2018 member of board of the Swiss Filmmakers Association ARF/FDS.
2020 Under Blue Skies, 70 min
2016 Zaunkönig (King of the Airs – Notes on a Friendship), 78 min
2015 Esser da chasa, Tv, 25 min
2014 In’ experientscha musicala, Tv, 25 min
2010 Amateur Films – Amateur Filmmakers , Tv, 25 min
2009 Maurus, Nadia, Flurina 60 min
2004 Pizzet – Maybe the last Year, 52 min
Writing, production and production Ivo Zen
With the participation of Men Bisaz, Monika Ramponi, Claudia Schüeli, Dora Lardelli, Stefan Giano, Nicole Buchmeier and Andrea Clavadetscher.
Dramaturgy and researchs Manuela Steiner
Camera Kaleo La Belle
Sound Reto Stamm
Editing Mischa Hedinger
Music Pascal Gamboni
Coproduction with RTR, SRF, RIS et RTS (CH)
With the support of
Cinéforom, Loterie Romande, Uffizi da cultura dal Grischun, Teleproduktionsfonds, Ernst Gönner Stiftung, Cumischiun per promover la cultura Región Malögia, Succès passage antenne, Alex Victor Thalberg Stiftung, Stiftung Stavros S. Niarchos.