Swiss director Alain Tanner dies at 92 –

Director Alan Tanner passed away Sunday at the age of 92. Internationally recognized, Alain Tanner was one of the leading figures in Swiss cinema and was the originator of the new Swiss cinema in the 1970s.

This announcement was made by the Alan Tanner Association in consultation with the family of the deceased. The work of this pioneer of new Swiss cinema continues to serve as a reference for new generations of filmmakers.

In 1968, Alan Tanner met four directors – Michel Sauter, Jean-Louis Roy, Jean-Jacques Lagrange (replaced by Yves Yersin in 1971) and Claude Gueretta – to create the “Group of Five”. All of them are the origin of this Swiss cinematic revival, cinema against the tide.

“Charles dead or alive”, “Salamander”

Alan Tanner’s first feature film, “Charles mort ou vive” (1969), marked the beginning of committed composed cinema in Switzerland. It would be followed in 1971 by “La Salamandre” with libertarian accents, which became a cult film. Then Alan Tanner was influenced by Jean-Luc Godard.

He toured tirelessly from the end of the 1960s until 2004. The Genevan received numerous awards for his films in Locarno, Venice, Cannes and the United States. In 2014, the archives of Alan Tanner entered the Cinémathèque suisse.

Alan Tanner has always considered the film industry to be a political act. He also extended his commitment beyond the cinema by engaging specifically for the benefit of the Palestinian population of Gaza.

In honor of a “monument” of Swiss cinema

For Swiss director Jacob Berger, interviewed at the forum, Alan Tanner was “a gentle, unassuming, but very resolute director”. He succeeded three times in making films that address generations. “The whole world knew Switzerland and Alain Tanner thanks to ‘La Salamandre’ (1971), a film that has the spirit of ’68 but is in stark contrast to the films made in France.”

Then he made the movie “Jonas Will Turn Twenty-Five Years Old in 2000” (1976) “a movie that resonates all over the world because it talks about 68 disappointments” and finally he shot “In the White City” (1983) a movie about wanting to disappear .

>> His full interview on the forum:

The Death of Alan Tanner: An Interview with Jacob Berger [RTS]

The Death of Alan Tanner: An Interview with Jacob Berger / The Forum / 8 min. / Today at 6:00 pm

Switzerland is losing a “monument to its cinema,” according to Swiss film director Friedrich Meyer. The ‘rigor’ of his work salutes him and an ‘activist’ who has boosted popular support for the film in this country.

Film director Jean-Jacques Lagrange pays homage to Alan Tanner with whom he launched The Group of Five in 1968, “a strong personality and a very independent man.” “I’m still alone,” says the person born in 1929, who is now the last surviving founder of the Group of Five.

Lionel Baer-Vodois evokes his notoriety abroad and his ability to portray “Swiss violence”. “His cinematic writings were more outstanding,” earning the “cohesion” of a “convinced” man.

ats / vkiss

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