The story of a deportation that ended with the tragic death of an asylum seeker in March 2010. In the film, the camera itself is this asylum seeker, and what it captures is a subjective view of reality.

Director's Statement

IIn 1957, Rolando Colla was born in Schaffhausen as the son of Italian immigrants. After his graduation he became active in the film business as screenwriter and production manager and directed his first films such as FIORI D’AUTUNNO (1978), ONORE E RIPOSO (1979) and L’ALBA (1981). In 1984 he founded the production company Peacock and in 1985 he graduated in German studies and Romance languages from the University of Zurich. Among his films are JAGDZEIT (Hunting Season) which won the Leopard of Tomorrow First Prize at the Locarno IFF 1994, LE MONDE A L’ENVERS (The World Turned Upside Down), OLTRE IL CONFINE (Across the Border) which was screened at various festivals and released in Switzerland, Italy, Bosnia & Herzegovina and France, and L’AUTRE MOITIE (The Other Half), which premiered at the Montreal World FF 2007 and was consequently invited to over 20 festivals. His latest feature, GIOCHI D’ESTATE (Summer Games), premiered at the Venice IFF 2011, was Switzerland’s official entry for the 84th Academy Awards®, and received three Quartz Awards (Swiss Film Prize). EINSPRUCH VI is the sixth short in a series about asylum-seekers which Rolando started in 1999. How long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing? It took three weeks of preparation and pre-production, eight days of shooting, three weeks for editing, special effects, sound design and post-production - so two months in total. We got financial support from the Ministry for Culture and from the Zurich Film Fund, but not from television. We started underfinanced and still have debts ... Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”? A community protecting and supporting European cinema against American blockbusters. If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen? OPENING NIGHT by John Cassavetes. What is your next project? A new feature film, right at this moment I’m working on the script.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Rolando Colla

Written by: Rolando Colla

Produced by: Elena Pedrazzoli

Cinematography: Jutta Tränkle

Editing: Rolando Colla

Original Score: Bernd Schurer

Sound Design: Patrick Storck

Sound: Michael Duss

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2012