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Corn in Parliament

For those burning to know the deep dish on Swiss parliamentary procedure comes "Corn in Parliament," a civics lesson-cum-docu tracking the evolution of a law on genetic engineering as it works its way through committee stage to final vote. Although more absorbing than a bare synopsis would suggest, "The West Wing" this ain't.

For those burning to know the deep dish on Swiss parliamentary procedure comes “Corn in Parliament,” a civics lesson-cum-docu tracking the evolution of a law on genetic engineering as it works its way through committee stage to final vote. Although more absorbing than a bare synopsis would suggest, “The West Wing” this ain’t. Pic will be strictly of interest to Swiss auds and docu fests.

Documaker Jean-Stephane Bron starts the film in October ’02 when a cross-party committee commences battle over the drafting of new legislation. Five representatives of differing viewpoints are tracked in the corridors of the Bundeshuus (Switzerland’s Capitol Hill) as alliances form and fracture, with idealistic Green Party rep Maya Graff and wily Radical (a pro-business party) Johannes Randegger emerging as the most combative of the lot. Bron strives to maintain illusion of even-handedness, although one senses his sympathies lie more with plucky underdog Graff. Deft editing makes the final vote surprisingly exciting. Other tech credits are clean, with Christian Garcia’s musical pastiche of Ennio Morricone adding a welcome lighttouch.

Corn in Parliament

Switzerland

  • Production: A Vega Distribution release of a Cine Manufacture, SRG SSR Idee Suisse production, in association with L'Office federal de la culture, Suissimage, SF DRS/TSR/TSI. (International sales: Saga Prod., Lausanne, Switzerland.) Produced by Robert Boner. Directed, written by Jean-Stephane Bron.
  • Crew: Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Eric Stitzel; editor, Karine Sudan; music, Christian Garcia, VELMA.Reviewed at Locarno Film Festival (Piazza Grande), Aug. 8, 2003. Swiss-German, German, French dialogue. Running time: 90 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Maya Graff, Josef Kunz, Johannes Randegger, Liliane Chappuis, Jacques Neirynck.