Who Watches Watchmakers?
Monitoring and Measurement of Workers in the Mountain City of Late Century Swiss Watchmaking Factory is the second feature film by Swiss director Cyril Schäublin Unrest core focus. Premiered at last year’s Berlin Film Festival, where Shebring won Best Director, and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, this subversive little film is ostensibly a portrait of everyday life in a village, but the reflections it provokes are different. Subsequent to the nature of structured time and relentless capitalism, and how the two work together to create fiction that makes our lives tyrannical.
Don’t be fooled by the film’s muffled voices, brooding serenity, and unwavering politeness; as the title suggests, something is going on in this idyllic setting. The region was the brewing center of the late 200 international anarchist movement, at a time when Swiss watchmaking was already a global powerhouse.