A film of immense delicacy and precision, Cyril Schäublin’s complexly woven timepiece is set in the hushed environs of the Swiss watchmaking town of Saint-Imier in the 1870s. In this unlikely place, a youthful Pyotr Kropotkin, who would become a noted anarchist and socialist philosopher, experiences a quiet revolution, finding himself inspired by the buzzing activity of the town’s denizens, from the photographers and cartographers surveying its people and land to the growing anarchist collective at the local watermill raising funds for strikes abroad, to the organizing workers at the watch factory, whose craft is depicted with exacting detail and devotion. Schäublin’s abstracted, geometric visual approach reinforces the singularly contemplative nature of his project: this is a film about time—its tyranny as well as its comforts—and how it relates to work, leisure, and the larger processes that shape history. An NYFF60 Main Slate selection. A KimStim release with support from Swiss Films.
About Lygia Sabbag Fares Ph.D
Economics Professor at John Jay College (City University of New York – CUNY). Faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research specializing in Political Economy and Economics. Brazilian, Ph.D. in Development Economics: Social and Labor Economics, UNICAMP, and visiting scholar at York University, Toronto, Canada. Master of Arts in Labor Policies and Globalization at Kassel University, Germany. Certificate in Labor Economics (UNICAMP), and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. Research focus: Capitalism and its particularities in underdeveloped countries, labor, and gender. Held positions as Director of the Department of Alternative Income at the Municipal Secretary’s Office for Policies for Women for the City of São Paulo and Administrative Coordinator for the International Master’s Program of the Global Labour University at the University of Campinas, Brazil (UNICAMP).
About Annette Insdorf
Annette Insdorf is a Professor of Film at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and Moderator of the popular “Reel Pieces” series at Manhattan’s 92Y, where she has interviewed almost 300 film celebrities. She is the author of the landmark study, Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust (with a foreword by Elie Wiesel); Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski; Francois Truffaut, a study of the French director’s work; Philip Kaufman, and Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has. Her latest book, Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes, is currently in its fourth printing.