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Film info: Jenatsch

Film Information

Original Title Jenatsch
English Title
Director Daniel Schmid
Year 1987
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 97 min
  • Michel Volta, Christine Boisson, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Laura Betti, Carole Bouquet
  • Director: Daniel Schmid
  • Guión: Martin Suter, Daniel Schmid
  • Fotografía: Renato Berta
  • Montaje: Daniela Roderer
  • Producción: Luciano Gloor
  • Contacto de Producción: Limbo Film


In Jenatsch, Schmid set himself a tough challenge, taking up a tale that may appear at first sight easy to tell but which interweaves different epochs. The film centres on Sprecher, a journalist who is sent to interview anthropologist Dr. Meister, who once led the excavation of Jenatsch’s tomb. Jenatsch was a 17th-century Swiss freedom fighter who was murdered during the carnival celebrations in Chur in January 1639. During his assignment Sprecher takes a brass bell, which is supposed to unlock the secret surrounding the murder of Jenatsch. Gradually his life is drawn into the history of Jenatsch. As he tries to put things right, he suddenly loses all sense of reality. The only solution seems to be to “murder” Jenatsch again. The murder becomes a repeat of the reconstruction that the anthropologist played out to the journalist –originally to the journalist’s great amusement. But what seemed at first to be no more than a joke, suddenly turns very sinister.

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