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Matthias von Gunten
Screening time  
24.02. / Tuesday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 5  
When the ice melts in Thule, Tuvalu drowns in the ocean.

Two places at the edge of our planet are making headlines due to climate change: Thule, Greenland, because of record ice melts there; and Tuvalu, because this remote Pacific island nation is one of the first countries on the verge of sinking as a result of rising sea levels. Whereas for us the warming of the planet occurs almost solely in the media, it is changing the entire existence for the inhabitants of Thule and Tuvalu. The film portrays how they are forced to abandon their traditional way of life as they move towards an unknown future.


Matthias von Gunten

Matthias von Gunten was born in Basel in 1953. He attended the University of Television and Film in Munich from 1975 to 1980, graduating with his feature film Quelle Günther. He subsequently worked as an editor, cameraman and director’s assistant on various film productions. Since 1986 he has directed numerous documentary films for cinema and television. With his company Odysseefilm, Matthias von Gunten is co-producer of ThuleTuvalu.

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2014, 96', DCP

Directed by:
Matthias von Gunten

Screenplay by:
Matthias von Gunten

Pierre Mennel

Edited by:
Caterina Mona, Claudio Cea

Marcel Vaid

Greutert Valentin, Hesse Simon, Matthias von Gunten

Produced by:
HesseGreutert Film, Odysseefilm, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Festivals & Awards:

Swiss Film Award 2015 – nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Documentary; Visions du Réel – Sesterce d'argent SRG SSR for the Best Swiss Film; Hot Docs 2014; Locarno Film Festival 2014; Hot Docs 2014; DOK.fest München 2014; CinemAmbiente Torino 2014; Peace & Love Festival 2014; H20 Environmental Film Festival Moscow 2014; Bergen International Film Festival 2014; Reykjavik International Film Festival 2014; Aspen Filmfest 2014; Margaret Mead Film Festival New York 2014; CPH:DOX 2014; Barcelona Environmental Film Festival 2014; Anchorage International Film Festival 2014