In the hope of solving his financial difficulties, high school teacher Balz Näf comes up with the idea to use streakers for sport-betting. Although he and his team help streaking achieve a new trend-sport status, his financial situation remains unchanged. On the contrary. He falls in love with the agent who has been hired to stop him. In the end there is only one way out…
Therese and Ralph Gähwiler lead an idyllic “bourgeois” life in a small Swiss town. Therese dabbles in art and walks her pooch. Ralph is working on his move into local politics. His motto is competent, committed, outspoken. Ralph’s political ally is his even more conservative and uptight neighbour Peter, whose wife Monika is the epitome of nouveau riche. Therese and Ralph’s lives are turned upside down when an itinerant gardener, Ngundu, badly injures himself on their land. As Ngundu refuses to go to hospital and is unable to leave, they have no choice to keep him in the house – but out of sight.
Jack, who has all but failed at life, dreams of a fresh beginning abroad. Instead, he unexpectedly has to take care of his hated father Paul, who he has not seen since childhood. Paul suffers from Alzheimer’s and wants to make peace with his son while he still can. But Jack has very different plans for Paul. Two worlds collide, and a journey to Ticino, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, turns into an odyssey back to a painfully suppressed past. „Rider Jack“ tells the story of a father and his son, both overcoming differences between their generations in a charming and slightly ironic way. A melancholic road movie about missed chances and the power of memories.
One woman, 11 asylum seekers, and just a few days to put on a play. Will it be a success, or a total disaster? Sabine is slightly down on her luck. Her kids are on vacation, her husband has left her, and things aren‘t going very well at work. Over Christmas, she decides to volunteer at a refugee camp, preparing a play with the residents in time for New Year‘s. While Sabine concentrates on directing the group, the asylum seekers have other problems to deal with: staying in the country, love, family, and, of course, the German language. Will they be ready for the curtain call?
The small fire-brigade of an idyllic Swiss village at the border to the „big neighbour“ Germany is supposed to merge with their German fellows. Captain Hans Ziegler arranges a duel with his German pendant Captain Steinke to determine who will be the Captain of the newly formed Swiss-German fire-brigade. But then, an unfortunate accident occurs to Hans which puts things upside down. During the debate about their strategy in the duel, a trophy falls down the shelf and blows Hans’ head – he wakes up in the hospital after experiencing the foreign accent syndrom, not being able to communicate with his comrades. Will they find a way out of this?
The philatelist Benno likes straight ways, listening to Beethoven and good looking women. His neighbour Sandra is everything else but that. One fine morning, Benno finds sand in his bed. While he tries to ignore this at first, he soon must realize that he himself is loosing the sand. Day after day the sand increases and soon his time literally starts running short. Finally he is left no choice but to ask Sandra for help, who runs a small coffee shop under his apartment. Although Benno hates her with a passion, he started having dreams of her every night. What could Sandra and the dreams have to do with the sand?
Clarence Seedorf, Jörgen Raymann – Obama, perhaps? As the swarthy son of two white lesbian mothers, young Tako indulges in fantasies about his possible father. Suddenly, he knows for sure: it is Kleine Viezerik. But two bullies at school tell him the popular rapper would never want to be the father of a ‘bounty’: black on the outside, white on the inside. Before Tako can face his dream father, he gets a crash course in becoming a Surinamese boy. Comical family film about staying close to yourself.
Switzerland as we know it today is the result of many wars and conflicts, happy coincidences, missed chances – and driven by extraordinary people who took their spot in history and made their influence on the forthcoming of the country. These are people who’s life stories deliver amazing plots. Six of them stand in the center of four big docu-fiction films produced by Swiss National TV.