Matthias Langhoff – Let the door be open

OLIVIER ZUCHUAT | DOC | 00:52 | SUISSE
A PRODUCTION GOLDENEGGPRODUCTION
Synopsis

A turbulent follower of Bertolt Brecht, Matthias Langhoff staged his first productions at the Berliner Ensemble. Since then, his radical works have continually shaken European theatre. The often-iconoclastic plays go against the grain of the scripts and take a caustic and uncompromising look at the contemporary world. On the occasion of his latest play, Cinema Apollo adapted from the novel Contempt by A. Moravia, the film paints a portrait of the stage director at work. Dotted with archive images, the film reveals the evolution of a provocative and original form of theatrical aesthetics.

Biography/Filmography

Biography

Olivier Zuchuat is a filmaker born in Geneva (Switzerland) in 1969.

He studied theorie of physique at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and at the Trinity College (Dublin). He also studied at the University of Lausanne (French litterature and philosopy). Between 1996-1997, he became an assistant at the same University. In the field of theater, he’s directing many plays of Bertolt Brecht and Heiner Müller (like Prométhée and Ciment) and is working as playwright. Between 1999-2000, he has been one of the assistant of Matthias Langhoff. Since 2000, he is totally devoted to the cinema. From 2006 to 2011, he’s been in charge of movie classes at the university of Paris-est Marne la vallée. Since 2010, he’s teaching as a speaker at the Femis (Ecole nationale supérieure des métiers de l’image et du son) in Paris. He’s also directing workshops at the HEAD in Geneva about how to make documentary films.

Filmography

Matthias Langhoff- Laisser la porte ouverte, documentaire, 52’
Comme des lions de pierre à l’entrée de la nuit, experimental documentary, 87’
Au loin des villages, documentary, 77’
Installer l’anxiété, documentary/Theater, 20’
Djourou, une corde à ton cou, documentary, 63’
Mah Damba Cissoko, une griotte en exil, musical documentary, 57’

As editor:

Tadmor of Monika Borgmann and Lokman Slim, documentary, 90′
Iranien of Mehran Tamadon, documentary, 105’
17 Filles 0f Delphine et Muriel Coulin, additional editing, fiction, 87’
Les Dissidents of Ruth Zylberman, documentary 100’
Un Mur à Berlin of Patrick Rotman, documentary, 104’
L’Invisible of Nicolas Phillibert, documentary, 45’

Co-writer

Michel Deutsch
Playwright, poet, essayist, translator and screenwriter, Michel deutsch is the author of about thirty plays translated and played in many countries. These are published at the Christian Bourgeais éditeurs (Paris) and at the Arch Editor. With Matthias Langhoff he is directing the international athens Masterclass « War on stage » at the culturel center in Delph, co-produced by the international athens theater. At the moment, he’s making an adapation of « the Contempt » by Alberto Moravia which will be directed by Matthias Langhoff in 2015 in France and Swizterland.

Philippe Macasdar
Born in Aix-en-provence (France) in 1959, he’s currently living in Geneva. He began to act and direct plays at the end of the 70’s. He’s really involved in the alternative theater in the French-speaking Switzerland. In 1984, he’s hired by Benno Besson at the theater « la Comédie de Genève » where he’ll be at the same time assistant, playwright, programmer and host. In 1989, he worked as playwright for « Mademoiselle Julie », a play by Strindberg, directed by Matthias Langhoff at the theater «La Comédie » in Geneva. Since 1995, he’s been the director of the Saint-Gervais theater which program is well-known at the european level. He’s also teaching since 2003 story of theater and critique at the Haute école de théâtre de Suisse Romande (La manufacture).

Credits

Director : Olivier Zuchuat

Writers : Olivier Zuchuat, Michel Deutsch, Philippe Macasdar

Production : GoldenEggProduction

Cinematography : Patrick Tresh and Olivier Zuchuat

Editor : Olivier Zuchuat

Sound : Martin Sticker

Sound mix : Martin Sticker

Colorgrading : Seven Prod (Lausanne)

Images

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Media

Pressbook (french)

Distribution

Television

RTS Deux, October 2015

TV5MONDE, June 6, 2016

SCREENING

Théâtre de Vidy-L, premiere screnning, November 2015

DVD

DVD, CHF 25.- + shipping

News

Dressed for Pleasure

• Special Mention of the Jury at interFilm Berlin
• Watch Replay on ARTE

Putin's Witnesses

• Best Documentary Award at Stockholm IFF
• Swiss theatrical release on October 10

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• Official Selections at the Kurzfilmtage Winterthur

The Dispossessed

• Theatrical release on September 29

Putin's Witnesses

• Official Selection at TIFF 2018
• Grand Prix for Best Documentary at Karlovy Vary IFF

Dressed for Pleasure awarded at the Berlinale

• Special Mention of the Youth Jury