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John Wells, 2013 c7.2

For many years, the strong-willed women of the Weston family have lived largely separate lives. But now, a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they all grew up in - and to the dysfunctional matriarch who raised them.

Silvio Soldini, 2000 c7.3

When Rosalba is accidentally left behind by her family at an Italian highway rest stop, she decides on whim to travel to Venice by herself. Upon arrival, she finds a room in a small bed and breakfast and soon meets Fernando, a local waiter. The two get closer and eventually a relationship develops which persists even after her return home.

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Roberto Andò, Italy, 2013
with Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto c7.0

Enrico Oliveri, leader of Italy's main opposition party, is experiencing a crisis. Demoralized by poll results and political intrigues, he secretly leaves for Paris one night. There is great confusio n in the party's leadership circle: no one knows where Oliveri has gone. His closest colleague comes up with an ingenious idea: Enrico's twin brother Giovanni, an eccentric philosopher, should take the place of the missing man. Giovanni enjoys the idea and shakes up Italian politics.

Ivo Zen, Switzerland 2020, 70' c7.7
Jean-Stéphane Bron, Switzerland 2020, 100'



Heidi, Globi, Titeuf & Co.

Let's be blunt: children's and animated films have so far eked out a shadowy existence on cinefile. Only 19 of our current 660 films belong to this category. But now the restoration and rerelease initiative filmo has brought us an increase of 50% in one fell swoop. Nine older and newer Swiss children's and animated films are now available freshly digitized, newly subtitled and partly dubbed. The selection begins with one of the oldest and still most beautiful Heidi adaptations, that of Luigi Comencini from 1952, and adds Franz Schnyder's elaborate sequel Heidi and Peter from 1955 as a charming colour film variant. The wonderful box-office hit Anna annA (1992), in which the clone of the title heroine emerges from a powerful photocopier at school, is about a completely different kind of doubling. Finally, Swiss animation is represented four times over, partly inspired by popular comic heroes such as the German-speaking Swiss superstar Globi and the French-speaking Swiss audience favourite Titeuf. Our insider tip in this category is Max & Co (2007), an animated puppet film from French-speaking Switzerland that doesn't need to shy away from comparison with the international competition in this demanding category. Round up the kids and go!



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In Bonnie Scotland (1935) Laurel & Hardy were hired to collect garbage. Demonstration of their dance steps.


Cold War

Six films about subversives, agents and border crossers between the fronts

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tomas Alfredson, 2011
British top agent George Smiley is reactivated in 1973 to track down a KGB mole in his own ranks.
Connu de nos services
Jean-Stéphane Bron, 1997
Reading his fiches, the Swiss Claude Muret recalls his career as a left-wing activist between 1964 and 1977.
Elvis & Nixon
Liza Johnson, 2016
The 1970 encounter between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon, in which the King of Rock'n'Roll offered himself as an undercover agent against leftists.
Das schweigende Klassenzimmer
Lars Kraume, 2018
A GDR school class protests the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 with a minute's silence.
Jay Roach, 2015
How left-wing Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was banned from the profession during the Cold War and tricked the blacklist.
Cold War
Paweł Pawlikowski, 2018
Poland under Stalinism: a musician leaves for the West, his sweetheart stays in the East. An odyssey between the fronts begins.

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cinefile - The Swiss streaming alternative

cinefile is the streaming service for lovers of international and Swiss arthouse and independent movies. Three years after its launch, the online platform already offers more than 650 films, including over 200 Swiss productions. The streaming selection ranges from upscale entertainment to rigorous art films. The platform is curated by proven film experts around the well-known Swiss film critic and cinefile founder Andreas Furler. "The basic idea of cinefile", says Andreas Furler, "is that we provide what we never found at Netflix & Co: Films that were still showing in art house cinemas, as well as reprises and classics. Even the distinction between arthouse and mainstream does not bother us, as long as we like a movie. We do not compromise on quality. We don't want to offer as many films as possible for streaming on cinefile, but as good as possible ones. Class instead of mass, that's our motto."

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The film selection is still growing continuously, as it is constantly supplemented by the best new feature films as well as selected reprises, classics, documentaries and short films. Almost all films are available for single rental with the Basic registration without any subscription obligation. The movies are all available in HD with selectable subtitles, some of them also in German or French dubbed versions, and streaming is easy: If you have deposited a credit card, each new film is available at the click of a button. With the AirPlay function of Apple TV or a Chromecast plug, you can also stream the films easily on your big TV screen. Streaming on cinefile is only possible in Switzerland and Liechtenstein for licensing reasons.

Stream99: The best films with an attractive streaming subscription

One of the unique features of cinefile is the Stream99 subscription. It bundles 99 of the best and most popular films into a collection that can be watched in a monthly or annual subscription for 9.90 or 99 francs respectively. Every week 1-2 new films are added to the Stream99 library, while the oldest films are dropped, so that the selection is constantly renewed. However, since the newest movies are not available for streaming flatrate offers, Stream99 subscribers of course also have the possibility to stream movies in single rental and thus access the complete online collection of cinefile. Conversely, as a small thank you to our Stream99 subscribers, individual films are available exclusively in Stream99. At the moment, these include two classics by Abbas Kiarostami and a cycle of documentaries by Agnès Varda. Some other Stream99 highlights: "The Rider" by Oscar winner Chloé Zhao ("Nomadland"), "Memories of Murder" and "Mother" by Oscar winner Bong Joon-ho ("Parasite") as well as "Molly's Game" by Aaron Sorkin. You can find the whole overview here.

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One of the special features of cinefile is the bonus material that accompanies all streaming films online and helps to classify them: short reviews and in-depth reviews, video essays, live interviews or portraits and background analyses in written and cinematic form. These trouvailles from the worldwide web of cinéphilie are compiled by our editorial team with the same effort and verve as the films themselves. 

A wide range of genres and selection criteria

On the streaming platform cinefile, we offer a wide selection of genres: Dramas, comedies, crime and thrillers, documentaries and children's films, westerns or science fiction.... To make your choice easier, we developed a filter system that allows you not only to select genres, but also to narrow it down according to other criteria such as the country of origin or the languages of a film: the sophisticated "film finder"! In your personal watchlist which is structured according to current cinema films and streaming films you can addionally mark as many films as you like.

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