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Paul Nizon : le clou dans la tête

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Paul Nizon : le clou dans la tête

Christoph Kühn

Switzerland | 2020 | 1 h 30 min
German |
Subtitles: French
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An intimate portrait of the great Swiss author Paul Nizon, whose sensual, elegant prose places him among the most celebrated German-language writers. Having fled his Zurich cocoon” because he found himself emotionally malnourished in Switzerland,” Nizon chose to distance himself from society and moved to Paris in the 1970s to write about his own experience. Rediscovering his desire for happiness in that city, he was able to give his inner life full rein. In this film, notable for the openness of expression between writer and director, Nizon looks back over his life of anti-conformism and solitude. He freely and unsentimentally talks about his career, his flaws, and his need for unconditional freedom. Excerpts from his writings are skilfully illustrated by reconstructions so close to the self-fiction written by Nizon that they are utterly believable. An invitation to (re)discover his work.
Solothurn Filmtage, Switzerland (2019)
Director Christoph Kühn
Editing Sahebi Mehdi
Cinematographer Stéphane Kuthy
Music Peter Scherer

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Christoph Kühn

Christoph Kühn

Christoph Kühn: born in Zugo, studied at Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film in München, Germany. Author and director of fiction and documentaries like Nicolas Bouvier- Hospital street”,“Laki Penan — Bruno Manser”, Glauser” and Irrlichter”.

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Selected films:
Alfonsina (2014)
Nicolas Bouvier: 22 Hospital Street (2004)
Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1993)
Das ganze Leben als Reise (1990)

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