Switzerland has unveiled its choice for the coveted Best International Feature category at the 2024 Oscars
The spotlight is now on “Thunder,” the remarkable directorial debut of Carmen Jaquier, whose talent shines through in this gripping cinematic masterpiece.
“Thunder,” a period drama that made its debut at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival, takes audiences on an enthralling journey to a small Swiss village in the year 1900.
The heart of the story revolves around 17-year-old Elisabeth, portrayed by the talented French actress Lilith Grasmug.
Upon learning of her sister’s enigmatic demise, Elisabeth departs from her convent to return to her hometown.
There, she reconnects with three childhood companions, and together they unveil the intricate connection between her religious beliefs and her burgeoning sense of sexuality.
This film beautifully captures the essence of liberation and sisterhood, all set against the backdrop of an archaic mountain landscape.
The Swiss selection committee enthusiastically stated, “Carmen Jaquier’s uniquely sensual first feature adeptly delves into themes of sexuality and faith, while enthralling viewers with its meticulous mise-en-scène and evocative imagery.”
Behind the scenes, the film owes its success to the creative collaboration between producers Joëlle Bertossa and Flavia Zanon of Geneva’s Close Up Films, alongside the remarkable team at RTS Radio Télévision Suisse.
The international sales are being deftly handled by WTFilms, ensuring the film’s reach extends far beyond Swiss borders.
“Thunder” has already triumphed in Swiss cinemas, courtesy of Sister Distribution, and has secured distribution in various regions, including Canada’s Axia Films, La 25ème Heure for France/Benelux, and HBO for Eastern Europe. Domestically, Dekanalog holds the rights to this cinematic gem.
Lysa Le, from Dekanalog, exudes excitement about bringing “Thunder” to North American audiences, describing it as a sumptuous tale that masterfully interweaves teenage faith and desire within the context of the turn of the 20th century.
The anticipation builds as we await the announcement of the films selected for the 2024 Oscar shortlist on December 21st. The final five nominees will then be unveiled on January 23, 2024. As the 95th Oscars approach,
scheduled to grace the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 10, 2024, “Thunder” stands poised to make a resounding impact, leaving an indelible mark on cinematic history.