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Switzerland Selects ‘Thunder’ for 2024 Oscars: A Period Drama by Director Carmen Jaquier

Switzerland Selects ‘Thunder’ For Best International Film Race

Switzerland announces its official submission for the 2024 Oscars in the best international feature category. The country has chosen “Thunder,” the impressive debut feature film directed by Carmen Jaquier, to represent its creative prowess on the global stage.

Swiss Submission ‘Thunder’: A 1900s Period Drama of Faith and Liberation

“Thunder,” the Swiss entry for the Oscars, paints a period drama in a tranquil Swiss village in 1900. French actress Lilith Grasmug portrays 17-year-old Elisabeth, returning home from a convent after her sister’s puzzling death. Reuniting with old friends, Elisabeth’s tale explores her religious convictions.

Source: Swiss Films

The selection committee lauds “Thunder” for its feminist perspective, focusing on liberation and sisterhood against a rustic mountain backdrop. Debut director Carmen Jaquier’s nuanced storytelling captivates with its imagery. Produced by Close Up Films with international sales by WTFilms.

‘Thunder’ Makes Waves: From Festival Success to Oscar Consideration

After its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last year, “Thunder” enjoyed successful screenings at renowned events like San Sebastian, Busan, Zurich, and Locarno. The film’s triumph extended to Swiss cinemas via Sister Distribution and global sales to Axia Films (Canada), La 25ème Heure (France/Benelux), and HBO (Eastern Europe). Domestic rights belong to Dekanalog.

Source: ‘Thunder’

Excitement builds as “Thunder” readies for North American audiences, with Oscars’ shortlist announced on Dec. 21, nominees on Jan. 23, 2024, and the 95th Oscars ceremony on March 10, 2024.