SwissInfo, “Swiss anarchist watchmakers film nabs Best Picture at Jeonju Film Festival”

Cyril Schäublin’s Unrest collects its second international prize months before its theatrical release, slated for October. In a stroll-talk with British critic Christopher Small a couple of days before the award, Schäublin wanders over film making and the Jeonju landscape.  

By Christopher Small, May 6, 2022

In February, Swiss filmmaker Cyril Schäublin took home the Encounters Best Director prize at the Berlinale for Unrest, his singular feature-length portrait of the rapid growth of anarchism among Swiss watchmakers in the hills of Saint-Imier, canton Jura, in the 19th century.

On the heels of this triumph in Berlin, Schäublin’s film headed to the Jeonju International Film Festival in South Korea – doubtless the first of many further major festivals on the horizon.

Thanks to its generous funding apparatus and its risk-taking emphasis on radical experimentation, the festival is a well-known and highly regarded incubator for international independent film. In no time Schäublin made his mark on Jeonju: on Wednesday (May 4), the film walked away with the Best Picture prize in the International Competition.

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