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Switzerland Films

Switzerland has a very small film industry, and unlike other small European countries, is heavily dependent on state support. However, the subsidies allowed are not high enough to maintain an industry that produces films in all the major languages in Switzerland like the French, German and Italian. So the output has lagged behind that of other European countries.
Swiss films are not well known around the world. In the 1970s, French-speaking Swiss directors such as Alain Tanner and Jean-Luc Godard helped Swiss films to become visible in the cinematographic map. Godard was born to a Swiss family in Paris and had spent his early years in Switzerland but later returned to France and he was very much influenced by the French cinematic tradition. Swiss film-makers such as Rolf Lyssy, Daniel Schmid, Fredy Murer and Yves Yersin, had made Swiss life as the basis for their films.
The most successful Swiss film is Lyssy's Die Schweizermacher (The Swissmakers).This comedy film was made in 1978, and portrays the difficulties faced by foreigners who want to become Swiss citizens. Schmid's Beresina, or the Last Days of Switzerland, which appeared in 1999, is another comedy film which also did fairly well outside Switzerland.
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