One Long Winter Without Fire

The muted winter landscapes of the Swiss Jura mountains mingle fire and ice, mourning and music to interweave two stories of life and love as delicate as the falling snow. The desperate silent tragedy of Jean and Laure, still in shock at the loss of their little girl in a terrible barn fire, plunges the couple into a bleak endless winter of unspeakable grief. Laure is interned for a period to be treated in a clinic. Jean is left to face the harsh, cold and seemingly futile task of trying to take out a living on the farm on his own. Jean finds a job in a foundry and spends his days before the furnaces of its leaping flames, as if in constant reminder of the past. Yet, fire is also a source of warmth and comfort, an essential life giving element. At the foundry Jean meets a young Kosovar woman, Labinota, a refugee who has fled the horrors of war. She lives with her own personal grief as she hopes against all hope for the return of a husband who has been missing for six years. As the dead of winter is brightened up by the festivities of Christmas and New Year’s, Jean is drawn into Labinota’s family and her world of refugees. Through the simple everyday joys of friendship, conversation, a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of wine and music, they are courageously putting together the pieces of a normal life again. A subtle kind of love, based upon solidarity and rooted in a mutual desire to live again, is sparked between Jean and Labinota. Yet Jean’s wife Laure is also regaining her strength and the courage to accept the past. And she now realizes she may be losing the only person who will make her truly want to live again. “Based on the theme of a return to life after terrible mourning, Greg Zglinski, a young Swiss director of Polish origin, has made quite a masterpiece. It is unquestionable the best Swiss feature since Höhenfeuer, 20 years ago.” Le Temps
Belçika İsviçre
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2004

Director
Greg Glinski

Script
Pierre-Pascal Rossi

Cinematography
Witold Plociennik

Editing
Urszula Lesiak

Production
CAB Productions

Cast
Aurélien Recoing
Blerim Gjoci
Gabriela Muskala
Marie Matheron
Nathalie Boulin

Music
Jacek Grudzien
Mariusz Ziemba

Awards
Audience Prize International French Film Festival-Namur
Best Fiction Film 2005 Swiss Film Prize
Cinemavvenire Award for Best First Feature Film Venice
Grand Prize Signis for Best Film
Prize of the City of Bozen for Best Film
Prize of the South Tirol for Best Film Bozener Filmtage

Festivals
11th Festival on Wheels
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