What was on offer at the 2009 Solothurn Film Festival.
Home, by Ursula Meier, nominated for the Prix de Soleure and the Prix du public prizes.
A lone house with a garden sits on the side of a disused motorway. It is occupied by a family, but one day the motorway is opened up to traffic, disturbing their idyll...
In die Welt (Into the World), a documentary by Constantin Wulf, nominated for the Prix de Soleure.
A child is born - it spends its first hours in an incubator, behind Plexiglas, doubly protected in an intensive care unit in a women's hospital. This film offers a glimpse into life on a maternity ward.
La forteresse (The Fortress), a documentary by Fernand Melgar, nominated for the Prix de Soleure.
Every day asylum seekers stream into the registration centre at Vallorbe. Some are fleeing war, others persecution and hunger. They face a long wait about their future - who can stay and who must leave?
Du bruit dans la tête (The Noise in My Head), by Vincent Pluss, nominated for the Prix de Soleure and Prix du public.
30-year-old Laura (Céline Bolomey) has just returned to Geneva from studying abroad and is trying to get her life on track. She has just split up with her boyfriend, she doesn't like her new job and there's a new man in her life.
Pausenlos (Non-stop), documentary film by Dieter Gränicher, nominated for the Prix de Soleure.
The film depicts three people who cope with time in different ways - a computer specialist, a ski trainer and a time researcher. The film entreats us to take time to catch our breath.
From Somewhere to Nowhere, documentary film by Villi Hermann.
Villi Hermann accompanies photographer Andreas Seibert on three journeys across China. The photographer is looking at internal migration in the country.
März (March), film by Händl Klaus, nominated for the Prix de Soleure and the Prix du public.
A small Tyrolean village is shaken by the apparently motiveless joint suicide of three friends. Their relatives have to find a way of coping and returning to their everyday lives.
No More Smoke Signals, documentary by Fanny Bräuning, nominated for the Prix de Soleure.
In the 1970s Native American activists founded the Kili Radio station on the poorest reserve in the United States. What is left today of the "Voice of the Lakota Nation"?
Nomad's land - sur les traces de Nicolas Bouvier, documentary by Gaël Métroz.
Camera in hand, Métroz retraces the footsteps of the Genevan writer Nicolas Bouvier. Asia has changed much since Bouvier described it in the 1950s. The director follows his own path and develops his own philosophy of travelling.
Le sel de la mer (Salt of this Sea), film by Annemarie Jacir.
Soraya (Suheir Hammad) from Brooklyn visits the Occupied Territories for the first time. She wants to withdraw the blocked funds on her grandparents' account. Accompanied by Emad, a local boy, she goes on a journey of discovering her roots.
Grozny Dreaming, documentary by Mario Casella and Fulvio Mariani.
A conductor and musicians from different parts of the Caucasus have one dream - to tour through the troubled region and show that it is possible to live together in harmony.
Tandoori Love, film by Oliver Paulus, nominated for the Prix du public.
The cook for an Indian film crew and a Swiss waitress fall in love during the filming of a Bollywood movie in the Bernese Oberland. Two very different worlds collide.
Die Räuberinnen (Robber Girls), film by Carla Lia Monti, nominated for the Prix du public.
Emily is sold by her mother to a bishop, who assaults her. After running away, she finds refuge and friends in a brothel. The women then form a band of robbers. Based on Friedrich Schiller.
Tag am Meer (Day at the Sea), film by Moritz Gerber, nominated for the Prix du public.
Dave has just turned 30 and is feeling that his youth is slipping away. He is a successful DJ and record store owner, and has just broken up with his girlfriend Sarah. He then meets the 20-year-old Alice from Paris...
Happy New Year, film by Christoph Schaub, nominated for the Prix de Soleure.
Nine people take stock of their lives on New Year's eve. Under the skies of Zurich, they take hold of their chances to start anew.
Brothers (Frères), film by Igaal Niddam.
Two brothers, who apart from their Jewish origin have nothing in common, meet in Israel after years of estrangement. The conflict between them mirrors a split society and ignites a debate about the separation of state and religion.
La citadelle humanitaire (Humanitarian Citadel), documentary by Frédéric Gonseth.
In the 1960s civil war raged in Yemen, a country still in the grip of the Middle Ages. The International Committee of the Red Cross sent doctors and delegates to the region. Those involved relive their dangerous mission and take us behind the scenes of humanitarian aid.
Un autre homme (Another Man), film by Lionel Baier.
François (Robin Harsch) knows nothing about films, but has to write critiques for his local newspaper. Rosa (Natacha Koutchoumov) is a well-known critic and writes for a bigger newspaper. A kinky relationship develops between the two.
Das Fräuleinwunder, film by Sabine Boss, nominated for the Prix du public.
Wealthy heiress Frida Borel (Stefanie Glaser left, with Mona Petri) receives a mysterious pill from the legacy of her father on her 80th birthday. Frida becomes physically young again, but still remains mentally the age she was before...
Maman est chez le coiffeur (Mommy is at the Hairdresser's) film by Léa Pool, nominated for the Prix du public.
It is the summer of 1966. A mother suddenly leaves her family and the three children take refuge in their own world. Elise, the oldest, decides to take her fragile family's fate into her own hands.