Second Edition

Becoming Landscape

“It could be said that the orchid imitates the wasp, reproducing its image in a signifying fashion (mimesis, mimicry, lure, etc.). But this is true only on the level of the strata a parallelism between two strata such that a plant organization on one imitates an animal organization on the other. At the same time, something else entirely is going on: not imitation at all but a capture of code, surplus value of code, an increase in valence, a veritable becoming, a becoming-wasp of the orchid and a becoming-orchid of the wasp. (…) There is neither imitation nor resemblance, only an exploding of two heterogeneous series on the line of flight composed by a common rhizome that can no longer be attributed to or subjugated by anything signifying.”

– Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

Following the theme “Face to Face” of the first edition, the second annual theme of the St. Moritz Art Film Festival is “Becoming Landscape”.

The notion of ‘landscape’ is pertinent with the natural context of the Engadin Valley, yet, “Becoming Landscape” highlights a crucial element: the landscape is always the result of a sight and it can not be seperated from the vision that generates it.

In a similar fashion, as in the photographic collages by John Stezaker, the landscape ceases to be a “given” element and it becomes an extension of the subject.

The classical opposition between “figure and ground” blurs into a new status: the subject becomes landscape and, symmetrically, the landscape is the unfolding of the subject, beyond any mimesis or representation.

Through specific collaborations with external curators, the patronage of foreign institutions and a bespoke educational programme developed in collaboration with the local schools, the theme is explored in a variety of aspects.

An important new feature in 2023 edition is the introduction of an open call for film makers and video artists to apply with their new art works.

The Jury

The jury for the 2023 edition is composed of:


The jury is going to award two prizes:
– Prize for the best movie
– Special Prize of the jury for an emerging talent 

Furthermore it is awarded the Kulm Prize:
– “Love at First Sight” prize

Films List

Thursday 31st of August
Morning Screenings
11:00Stefano VastanoPeter Sloterdjik
11:50Stefano Rabolli Pansera Introduction
11:55Giovanna Borasi & Daniel SchwartzWhere We Grow Older
12:40Joyce Joumaaكیف لا نغرق في السراب /  To Remain in the No Longer 
13:20Conversation: Francesco Garutti & Ewa Hess
Afternoon Screenings
15:00Stefano Rabolli Pansera Introduction
15:05Thao Nguyen PhanBecoming Alluvium
15:20Lydia OurahmaneTassili
16:10Conversation: Lydia Ourahmane & Ewa Hess
16:25Vacharanont SinvaravatnCountryside Before Memory
16:45Saodat IsmailovaChillahona
17:40Pascal HofmannNot Me – A Journey With Not Vital
19:00Conversation: Not Vital & Diana Segantini
19:30Welcoming Drinks at Kulm Hotel
Evening Screenings
21:00Stefano Rabolli Pansera Introduction
21:05Brady CorbetGUT
21:37Karim ZeriahenThe Love in your Veins
22:00Toby TatumNight on The River Bank
22:06John StezakerTrain
22:20Guadalupe Ruiz & Janosch PerlerLa Pastora de las Cosas
22:40Diego MarconSalut! Hallo! Hello!
23:00Santiago TorresagastiHet
23:20Jeanne Penjan Lassus & Shahana RajaniThe Sea in the River
Friday 1st of September
Morning Screenings
11:00Stefano Rabolli Pansera Introduction
11:05Lawrence LekTheta
11:16Sisi LIVery Very Tremendously
11:30Sarah MorrisSakura
12:35Leonardo PirondiVisao do Paraiso
12:50Robert CahenSept Visions Fugitives
13:20Conversation: Robert Cahen & Ewa Hess
Afternoon Screenings
15:00Stefano Rabolli Pansera Introduction
15:05Deniz BugaUntitled
15:25Raffaela Naldi RossanoWarp
15:45Conversation: Naldi Rossano, Masbedo, Deniz Buga & Ewa Hess
16:15Giulia MagnoEsterno giorno
16:25Xavier CunillerasNovacene
16:45Matteo ParisiniInfinito. L’universo di Luigi Ghirri
17:55Christian LabhartGiovanni Segantini – The Magic of Light
19:20Conversation: Christian Labhart & Diana Segantini
Evening Screenings
21:00Stefano Rabolli Pansera Introduction
21:05Pascal DuschlettaDear Travelers
21:07Anne de CarbucciaEarth Protectors
22:47Conversation: Anne De Carbuccia & Ewa Hess
23:15Eunhee LeeMachines Don’t Die
23:35Julian CharriereIroojrilik
23:40Ila Beka & Louise LemoineMoriyama-San
Saturday 2nd of September
Morning Screenings
11:00Stefano Rabolli Pansera Introduction
11:05Kiluanji Kia HendaConcrete Affection
11:18Felipe EsparzaLaguna Negra
11:55Leah GordonKanaval
13:05Conversation: Leah Gordon & Adam Szymczyk
Afternoon Screenings
15:00Stefano Rabolli Pansera Introduction
15:05Cemile SahinRifle in the Closet
15:10Hong SueJinDry Skies the Eyes and the Altar
15:35Theo EshetuThe Moving Museum
17:15Conversation: Theo Eshetu & Ewa Hess
17:45Edouard de Luze & Charles Derenne24 Hour Sunset
19:30Conversation: Edouard de Luze & Ewa Hess
Evening Screenings
21:00Stefano Rabolli Pansera Introduction
21:05Apinan Poshyananda & Marina AbramovicThe Spirits of Maritime Crossing
22:00Prize Giving Ceremony at Dracula
Night Screening
23:00Roisin Tapponi Introduction
23:05Tarek LakhrissiBright Heart
23:20Noor AbedOur songs were ready for all wars to come
23:40Sara SadikCrystal Zastruga
23:52Younes Ben SlimaneWe knew how beautiful they were, these islands
00:15Nour OuyadaThe secret garden
00:45Giorgio Andreotta Calo’Ίκαρος (Icarus)”
Sunday 3rd of September
Morning Screenings
10:30Stefano Rabolli Pansera Introduction
10:35Moritz Mueller-PreisserHaeberli
11:05Bettina Grossenbacher16º12’N / 22º51’W
11:15Tulapop SaenjaroenNotes from the Periphery
11:30KimsoojaThread Routes – Chapter II
12:00Firat Yucel & Aylin KuryelTranslating Ulysses
13:10Conversation: Franco Farinelli & Nicola Angerame
Afternoon Screenings
15:00Stefano Rabolli Pansera Introduction
15:05Paul Strand, Charles SheelerManhatta
15:15Alvaro UrbanoThe Great Ruin of Saturn
15:25Amshu ChukkiKariginche Vennela – Melting Moonlight
15:40Robert SmithsonSpiral Jetty
16:15Conversation: Stefano Piantini, Silvia Segnalini & Stefano Rabolli Pansera
16:40Fabio ChersitchLucia Di Luciano – Verificare l’Utopia