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Swiss cinema gets new home

Swiss cinema is to have a new home, with the cornerstone of the Centre for Research and Archives of Swiss Cinema laid in Penthaz, canton Vaud, on Tuesday.

The new centre, which is being funded with SFr60 million ($65 million) of public money, will incorporate a museum space, small cinema and areas for research work.

“Swiss cinema has finally gained recognition of its national status,” director of the Federal Culture Office Jean-Frédéric Jauslin said at the stone-laying ceremony.

Switzerland’s cinema archive, which comprises some 62,000 films, 2.8 million photographs, 300,000 posters, 72,000 magazines and 10,000 scripts, is the sixth-largest such collection in the world.

Currently the collection is stored in several separate locations which are unsuitable for long-term conservation of the documents.

The new centre will open to the public in 2015.

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