Unrest

by Cyril Schäublin

Synopsis

Logline

As new technologies are transforming a Swiss 19th-century watchmaking town, a Russian traveller and a watch factory worker meet in the local anarchist movement.

Synopsis

New technologies are transforming a 19th-century watchmaking town in Switzerland. Josephine, a young factory worker, produces the unrest wheel, swinging in the heart of the mechanical watch. Exposed to new ways of organizing money, time and labour, she gets involved with the local movement of the anarchist watchmakers, where she meets Russian traveller Pyotr Kropotkin.

Specifications

Switzerland  2022  93 mn  16:9  5.1  Swiss-German, French, Russian

Original title

Unrueh

written, directed & edited by

Cyril Schäublin

Produced by

Seeland Filmproduktion

Coproduced by

Cinédokké and Swiss Radio and Television /SRG SSR

Cast

CLARA GOSTYNSKI

ALEXEI EVSTRATOV

CREW

Screenwriter, Director, Editor  CYRIL SCHÄUBLIN

Cinematography  SILVAN HILLMANN

Sound  MIGUEL CABRAL MORAES

Costumes  LINDA HARPER

Production Design  SARA B. WEINGART

With the support of

Swiss Federal Office of Culture (OFC)

Zürich Film Foundation

Pro Cinéma Berne

Media Desk Suisse

Developed with the support of

TorinoFilmLab Production Award
FIDLab Marseille
ArteKino International Prize

Festivals

Berlinale 2022 – Encounters- Best director Award

JEONJU Intl. Film Festival- Best film Award

IndieLisboa- International Competition

Filmography

Filmography (Screenwriter, Director, Editor)

2022 Unrueh / Unrest

2021 Il faut fabriquer ses cadeaux / Gotta fabricate your own gifts (Short)

2017 Dene wos guet geit / Those who are fine

2013 Modern Times (Short)

2011 Portrait (Short)

2009 Lenny (Short)

Press Reviews

VARIETY by Jessica Kiang

“Cyril Schäublin’s intellectually ticklish, formally daring delight marks him out as a singular new filmmaking talent… Unrest exits as it entered: expertly balanced, as though by precision pincers under a magnifier, between the heavy ideas on its mind and the mischievous lightness in its heart”

THE UPCOMING by Sean Lee

“Unrueh (English title Unrest) is authentic in every way. The costumes, sets and especially the shots of watchmaking are handled with as much care and precision as the film’s famous chronometers… It slowly, methodically takes the audience on a journey that is, at its heart, about human beings, meanwhile contrasting the joy, laughter and camaraderie of the workers with the cold machinations of industrial minds without glorifying or vilifying. The audience is allowed to watch, think and enjoy”

NEW YORK TIMES  BERLINALE ROUND UP REVIEW (Jessica Kiang)

“Best of all — in this section, this festival and, for me, this year so far — there’s Cyril Schäublin’s utterly singular “Unrest,” a movie that is defiantly uncategorizable, unless you have a category earmarked “playful, otherworldly tales of watchmaking and anarchism in 1870s Switzerland.””

Screen International (Wendy Ide)

“Schäublin’s approach is one of stripped-back precision. There’s no extraneous score, just one instance of diegetic music. When the camera isn’t scrutinising the inner workings of the watch mechanism, Schäublin favours long takes and mid and wide shots which position the characters and the action at the very periphery of the frame. The abstract shapes of factory buildings dominate, the workers are tiny in comparison”