Programmed by Aurélien Marsais
German, Swiss German
A small town in Switzerland, Davos, in the canton of Graubünden, has an official population of just 11,000. But that number swells hugely each January when the Alpine resort, the setting of Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, hosts the World Economic Forum. A meeting of the political and financial elite which has taken place here annually since 1971. The Forum places Davos firmly on the global map for four hectic days a year. But what about the other 361?
A word from Tënk
The World Economic Forum won’t be happening! Or at least not before the summer… So, we can but delight in this opportunity to propose, on Tënk, this film by Julia Niemann and David Hoesl. Filmed in the canton of the Grisons, their feature film offers us an open and acute observation of the village of Davos, as it prepares to welcome the “great names” of our world, or at least the political, economic and financial deciders of world capitalism. Far from proposing a direct and scathing criticism of the encounter, it seeks, first and foremost, to remind us that Davos is also home to individuals who, day after day, live their lives as best they can amidst the ways of the world… Breeders, social workers, migrating people. For the filmmakers, the aim is to explore this area, and to expose it in a different manner than through the spectrum of the image of concern for social and environmental issues that the Forum tries to endow itself with one week a year.