63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

A sublimely peculiar and playful meditation on anarchy and watchmaking in a 19th-century watchmaking town in Switzerland, centering around the timely, urgent encounter between a Russian traveler – the famed Pyotr Kropotkin – and a suffragette who leads the struggle of the female workers in the local factory worker. Borrowing its title from a technical term, i.e., an essential mechanism inside wristwatches that ensures their agitation movement, this unique tale of love and anarchy retraces the roots of modern capitalism and reminds us not only of its use of new technologies to control minuscule gestures and vast feelings alike but also of the human potential to unwind the clockwork devices of suppression.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Cyril Schäublin
Script: Cyril Schäublin
Cinematography: Silvan Hillmann
Editing: Cyril Schäublin
Sound: Roland Widmer, Miguel Moraes Cabral
Music: Li Tavor
Actors: Clara Gostynski, Alexei Evstratov, Monika Stalder, Hélio Thiémard, Li Tavor, Valentin Merz
Production: Seeland Filmproduktion
Producers: Linda Vogel, Michela Pini
Co-production: Cinédokké, Swiss Radio and Television
Costumes: Linda Harper
Production Design: Sara B. Weingart
Make Up: Jean Cotter
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Switzerland
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 93΄
Distribution in Greece: Weird Wave
Contact: Alpha Violet
Awards/Distinctions: Encounters Award for Best Director – Berlin IFF 2022, Special Mention – Yerevan IFF 2022, Best Picture Award – Jeonju FF 2022

Cyril Schäublin

Cyril Schäublin (1984, Zurich), a descendant of a watchmaker family, studied cinema at Zhongxi Academy in Beijing and at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. His films premiered at film festivals such as Berlinale, Locarno, Toronto, San Sebastián, Rotterdam or at the New York Film Festival and have been distinguished with a number of awards. His work has been exhibited at Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York or at the HKW in Berlin. He lives and works in Zurich.


2009 Lenny (short) 
2011 Portrait (short)
2017 Those Who Are Fine
2022 Unrest