The Song of Mary Blane

The painter from Solothurn (CH) Frank Buchser was sent to the USA in 1866 to paint a large painting of the "Heroes of the Civil War" for the future Council of States Hall in Bern. Initially Buchser was busy portraying politicians and generals in the spirit of his clients. More and more, however, he became interested in the Indians expelled to the reservations and in the living conditions of the slaves who had just been freed.

Years earlier, fascinated by Moorish culture, Frank Buchser rides disguised as a Turkish sheikh to the Moroccan town of Fez, which is forbidden to Christians under death penalty. The Swiss filmmaker Bruno Moll (Pizza Bethlehem, Tunisreise) tells the two adventurous journeys of the rebellious and controversial artist. The film narrative begins with film documents of the riots in Charlottesville in August 2017 and the diary entries made by Frank Buchser in 1869, when General Lee was his model for the portrait. In a large flashback the film tells Buchser's story of his stay in Andalusia and Morocco in 1858, returns with him to his homeland and closes with his North American adventure.

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Original TitleThe Song of Mary Blane
TitleThe Song of Mary Blane
Directed byBruno Moll
CountrySwitzerland
Year2019
ScreenplayBruno Moll, nach den Tageb├╝chern von Frank Buchser
Film EditingAnja Bombelli
SoundtrackBoris Klecic, Christian Moser, Thomas Jeker
CinematographyEdwin Horak
SoundOlivier Jean-Richard, Marian Amstutz, Manfred Zazzi
Costumes
Production DesignIngo Gizendanner (Zeichner)
ProductionBruno Moll Filmproduktion
FormatsBlu-ray, DCP
Runtime85 min.
LanguageDeutsch, Englisch/d/f
CastDokumentare Form, documentaire, documentary, Sprecher

Credits

Original TitleThe Song of Mary Blane
TitleThe Song of Mary Blane
Directed byBruno Moll
CountrySwitzerland
Year2019
ScreenplayBruno Moll, nach den Tageb├╝chern von Frank Buchser
Film EditingAnja Bombelli
SoundtrackBoris Klecic, Christian Moser, Thomas Jeker
CinematographyEdwin Horak
SoundOlivier Jean-Richard, Marian Amstutz, Manfred Zazzi
Costumes
Production DesignIngo Gizendanner (Zeichner)
ProductionBruno Moll Filmproduktion
FormatsBlu-ray, DCP
Runtime85 min.
LanguageDeutsch, Englisch/d/f
CastDokumentare Form, documentaire, documentary, Sprecher

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«Das faszinierende Bild eines schillernden Charakters.» Regula Fuchs, Züritipp

So, wie Buchsers Tagebücher dessen eigenen zeitgenössischen Rassismus mit überraschenden Einsichten kontern, zeigt sich der Film mit seiner Kombination von Text, Bildbetrachtungen und aktuellen Aufnahmen aus Marokko und den USA zugleich beeindruckt von der Abenteuerlust und bemüht um Distanz – ein lustvolles Ringen.» Michael Sennhauser