"SILVER FOREST, awarded the Interfilmpreis, is not a film about a radicalization career, but better, more importantly, an example of the way there, a fundamental story that starts earlier. Repond, who also wrote the book, painfully hauntingly shows, together with the shivery but unaffected camera by Michael Leuthner, the fatality behind the boredom and futility, the anger and fear that builds up in and behind it, and especially with all of that Political social slogans and political well-being are simply not to be addressed, because they completely ignore the dilemma of getting lost in an identical, professional, emotional immobility and hopelessness.
SILVER FOREST inspects the dynamics of a monstrous everyday, individual as well as social standstill with a subsequent drift and goes silently, secretly to the crunch. Oppressive and good." - (Screenshot-online)
"Repond lets out exclusion and xenophobia without appearing dogmatic, and finds suitable images in the wintry nature for the inner despair of the main character." - (Berner Zeitung)
"Christine Repond paints a multifaceted and sensitive process of radicalization." - (Max Ophüls Festival)
"It is a courageous decision to dare to tackle this topic (...) especially since the topic has lost none of its explosiveness, but is no longer in the media's sight. That is why it is even more gratifying that Repond manages to avoid the traps of the stereotypical neo-Nazi film again and again and focuses entirely on the inner workings of its protagonists, which collide with the environment again and again. And she manages to work out the moment of decision and the associated responsibility for her own actions as the actual center of the film. " - (Schnitt.de)
Filmkunstfest Schwerin: Director's Award 2011 for Silver Forest
Statement by the jury: Christine Repond confronts the audience with an archaic, down-to-earth world in which the dangers of xenophobia and fascism lie dormant. In this world, the young Sascha is looking for orientation and belonging. Behind the film's narrative style, which seems documentary, is a clever and determined staging. Christine Repond leads her amateur actors to great truthfulness. She tells her story in memorable pictures and carefully observed situations. She has deeply rooted her winter film in nature and landscape. This is how down-to-earthness gains ambivalence: Being close to nature also gives hope.
Max Ophüls Preis: Silver Forest wins the Interfilmjury award
"Christine Repond paints a multifaceted and sensitive process of radicalization." - Max Ophüls Festival
"Repond lets out exclusion and xenophobia without appearing dogmatic, and finds suitable images in the wintry nature for the inner despair of the main character." - Berner Zeitung
Berner Filmpreis 2011 for directing (November 2011)
"With her first feature film "Silver Forest" Christine Repond manages to intelligently and sensitively trace the process of right-wing radicalization among young people. Located in the Emmental, the film builds an oppressive atmosphere in calm pictures and with few words and tells us a universal and current story. The director impresses with a good script, great empathy and a strong handwriting."
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A contribution about Christine Repond's film »Silberwald« and the shooting in Emmental on SF Kulturplatz from 22. of December 2010: Swiss television