The Newt Congress

The Newt Congress

The Newt Congress

Switzerland, Germany / Fiction / 16’ / 16mm/ Color / 2022

The Newt Congress takes place at a conference building surrounded by nature where participants have come together to optimize the exploitation of the animals. The short film is a free adaptation of Karel Čapek's "War with the Newts".

Director: Matthias Sahli, Immanuel Esser

Script: Matthias Sahli, Immanuel Esser

Director of Photography: Miriam Rutherfoord

Producer: Zürcher Hochschule der Künste

Editing: Matthias Sahli

Sound: Jan Godde

Cast: Wiebke Mollenhauer, Ursula Bienz, Tobias Bienz


CV

Matthias Sahli studied directing at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK. His protagonists often appear in weird suburban, industrial or natural landscapes only to disappear again all so quickly. Alien to their surroundings, they encounter talking devices or animals that challenge their worldview.

Filmography

2020: A Brief Appearance of Neon

2017: Intervention in einer Bank

2015: Hausarrest,

Festivals Attended

Locarno Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival

Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival

Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis

Vilnius International Film Festival (Kino Pavasaris)

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur

Awards 

2nd place: Best Swiss Short Film - Locarno Film Festival

Best Short Film - Sitges Catalonian International Film Festival

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