UNREST [Unrueh]

UNREST [Unrueh]

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UNREST [Unrueh]

  • Directed by Cyril Schäublin
  • Starring Clara Gostynski, Alexei Evstratov
  • BFI London Film Festival 2022
  • 2022 | 93mins | Switzerland | (15)

Tickets Are Only Available via BFI London Film Festival Website.


This wildly inventive film transports us to a Swiss watchmaking town in the 19th century, where a visiting anarchist unravels the cryptic history of standardised time.

Winner of the Encounters Award for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival, writer-director-editor Cyril Schäublin’s second feature is a creative and intellectually invigorating tale about anarchism and the march of global capitalism. Russian polymath Pyotr Kropotkin is visiting the watchmaking town of St. Imier in Switzerland, to carry out a geographical survey of the region, when he meets Josephine, a rebellious unrest-fitter. Within the historical, highly staged mise-en-scène, each interaction appears impassive and transactional, which the primarily non-professional cast deliver beautifully. Cinematographer Silvan Hillmann’s framing of the characters – often on the periphery of the screen – further underpins the notion of an individual being one element within a grander social framework. And its gleefully peculiar and disjoined motifs notwithstanding, Unrest functions intricately like a carefully hand-assembled clock. - Hyun Jin Cho

Swiss-German, French, Russian Language with English Subtitles