Manifesta 11, Zürich
Marco Schmitt, 2016 (29 min)
Produced for Manifesta 11
The conflict between freedom and security underlies Marco Schmitt’s film.
Schmitt’s template was Luis Buñuel’s surreal masterpiece El ángel exterminador
(The Exterminating Angel, 1962), where guests at a dinner party feel themselves,
inexplicably, to be trapped in a room. The macabre metaphor from Franco-era
Spain is not lost in present-day Zurich, where the police museum, bristling with
confiscated weapons, is the claustrophobic setting for the drama.
The police officers who took part in Schmitt’s method acting workshops can be
seen, however, to enjoy the comic release from their professional personae.
Length: 29 min
Format: HD Color, 16:9
Germany / Switzerland
Marco Schmitt / Subobscura Films
Cantonal Police Zürich
Writer, Director, Producer
Director of Photography
Sound Design & Music
Steef van Lent
3D Scan & Effects
Translation & Subtitles