Der Molchkongress

2022 | Experimental, Fantasy, Science Fiction | 15 min | MA Film

Directed by Matthias Sahli

Collection: Degree Films 2022

The newly discovered talking giant salamanders have been exploited by humans for years as labour and laboratory animals. The Newt Congress takes place in a conference building surrounded by nature. It’s where congress participants have come together to discuss the exploitation of the animals. The short film is a free adaptation of Karel Čapek's "War with the Newts".

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Runtime15 min
Year of Production2022
Country of ProductionSwitzerland
Distribution FormatProRes, DCP
Aspect Ratio1.66:1
Audio FormatStereo, 5.1
Shooting Format16mm
Spoken LanguageGerman
Available SubtitlesEnglish
Director, Editor Matthias Sahli
Screenplay Immanuel Esser
Matthias Sahli
Cinematography Miriam Rutherfoord
Production Design Fabian Lüscher und Lisa Bruggmann
Production Manager Tanja Sahli
Leading ActorsLinda Gunst
Anna Schinz
Peter Hottinger
Urs Humbel
Urs Peter Wolter
Dieter L Müller
Manuela Biedermann
Nicole Steiner
Roman Weishaupt
Virigina Rusch
Adrian Furrer
Dominik Wolfinger
Location Sound Engineer Oliver Rogers
Sound Design, Sound Mixing Jan Godde
Digital Colorist Ramón Königshausen
Compositing Matthias Sahli
Technical Support Equipment Andi Birkle und Valentino Vigniti
Technical Support Postproduction Norbert Kottmann, Fabienne Koch
Project Supervision Sabine Boss
Project Mentoring Ursula Bienz, Maren Ade
Executive Producer Filippo Bonacci
Programme Director Sabine Boss


8. August 2022
Weltpremiere und Preisgewinn in Locarno 2022

Der Master Diplomfilm DER MOLCHKONGRESS von Alumnus Matthias Sahli gewinnt in Locarno in der Sektion "Pardi di Domani".