Almost There

    • Jacqueline Zünd
    • Switzerland
    • 2016
    • 83 min
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance
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    It’s evening in an empty parking lot, and we see the motorhome in which a retired man will go on a long journey and leave his old life behind. He runs through a checklist of all the things that need to be done before he leaves his hometown. Although clearly a metaphor for taking stock as the end of life approaches, it is used with subtlety. Almost There is a portrait of three men searching for happiness and a meaningful existence in the autumn of their lives. The camera records them with patience and an eye for detail as they talk about the choices they made – they may not have been easy choices, but they brought many good things later in life. We see the American traveling across his country, a British drag queen doing a standup comedy routine in Benidorm, Spain, and a Japanese gentleman reading books to children – beaming with pride, he describes how a teacher paid him a compliment. It’s only now that he has come to understand how to get along with children.

    Credits

    • 83 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: English, Japanese
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Jacqueline Zünd
    Production
    Aline Schmid for Intermezzo Films, Luc Peter for Intermezzo Films, Thomas Thümena for Hugofilm Productions
    Cinematography
    Nikolai Von Graevenitz
    Editing
    Gion Reto Killias
    Music
    Max Avery Lichtenstein
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    IDFA history

    2016
    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for First Appearance

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