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Zurich Film Night


At the Zurich Film Festival, local filmmaking is convincing. The upswing in Swiss cinema is due not least to Zurich as a film location. With the Zurich Film Night, we want to show, together with the Zürcher Filmstiftung, how successful Swiss films are developed, financed and shot in Zurich. The aim of the evening is to demonstrate the economic and social importance of filmmaking to politicians.

On a short panel, on Tuesday, September, 27 2022, Laura Kaehr (director) and Felix von Muralt (cinematographer) gave exclusive insights into the close collaboration and into the challenges of producing a documentary film. Afterwards, guests of the Zurich Film Night were invited to see BECOMING GIULIA in the Arena Cinema. During a Q&A after the film, film-specific questions were answered by the crew. 


Giulia Tonelli, professional principal dancer at the Zurich Opera House, has missed the stage. After giving birth to her son, she returns to work from maternity leave. Giulia must struggle to keep her place in the elite ballet company – and find a balance between the competitive world of dance and her new family life. The documentary BECOMING GIULIA delves into the microcosm of a grand opera house. Filmmaker and former ballet dancer Laura Kaehr follows her protagonist up close and personal as she tries, with her passion for ballet, to master the demanding balancing act between motherhood and professional dancing while challenging old-fashioned stereotypes.

Genre: DOK: Sports
Land, Jahr: Switzerland, 2022
Runtime: 103 Min
LanguagesItalian, English, French, German
Subtitles: English, German
Director: Laura Kaehr
Cast: Giulia Tonelli

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