«Nice Time(s) – Cine-club stories»

Once upon a time, in Switzerland, as to few remember, cinema was nothing more than a hobby for bored housekeepers and soldiers during military leave. Certainly was it carefully avoided by the upper class. It took a long path for the cinema to become a matter of interest nationwide. A path filled with rebellions against censorship, film robberies to avoid their destruction, rants by loudmouths, ideologues to fit ideologies, filmmakers to make films and «cinephiles» to watch them… and love them. This is what Nice Time(s) is about. Through memories and stories, we revisit a retrograde and traditionalist Switzerland where a handful of «cinephiles» went to war against censorship and politically correct thinking.

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But who are these heroes ?

FREDDY BUACHE, founder of the swiss film archives. A highly colourful personnality, accused of trotskism… He used to steal films from distributors to save them from axe destruction at the end of their exploitation.

CLAUDE GORETTA, director of cinema and television, founder of the Geneva university film club and of the Groupe5 with Tanner.

ALAIN TANNER, had the two jobs you just can’t have in Switzerland : director and sailor. Goretta’s friend, cofounder of the Geneva university film club and of the Groupe5, fought alongside Buache to bring the cinema in the Constitution.

PIERRE BARDE, prolific TV director and living memory of these past 60 years historical events. He is one of the initiatior of this film project.

ETIENNE DUMONT, journalist. He’s a skillful storyteller mixing perfectly cynism with humor.

And so many others!

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How is this going to look like?

A 40 minutes film where all these characters tell us about their fights, their joys and griefs, and their desire to make cinema gain respectability. Of course, we couldn’t do without film excerpts when talking about cinema ! So there’s plenty of it…

But why do we need money for?

  • to pay the «plenty of film excerpts»!
  • to finish the post-production
  • and the bonuses, more of the interviews cut in the final editing