by Ramon giger & Jan Gassmann / SWITZERLAND / 2013 / 94´
"Karma Shadub is a captivating film. This astounding face to face between a father and a son, in the mastery of their arts, leads the viewer into a dizzying dance." - Vision du Reel Jury "DER FILM IST BEEINDRUCKEND, NUR SCHON ALS VERSUCH, DIE REALITÄT HINTER DER EUROPÄISCHEN IDEE AUFZUSPÜREN. - SRF.ch
Cinematographer Ramon Giger Editor Jan Gassmann Art direction ANNE WEICK Originalsound FABIAN GUTSCHER Sounddesign Maurizius Staerkle Drux, David Wasielewski Music Paul Giger Producer Jan Gassmann, Julia Tal Company 2:1 Film ZüricH
«Why have we become such strangers?» asks director Ramòn Giger reproachfully of his busy father. Paul Giger, violinist of world renown, is arranging his opus Karma Shadub for performance in the cathedral of St.Gallen in eas- tern Switzerland; it is the opus he composed on the occasion of his son’s birth 30 years earlier.
Ramòn films, searching for the person behind the musician, the father by whom he feels abandoned. The reasons for their estrangement have never been talked about. Fears and reproaches have accumulated. While the ensem- ble feverishly prepares for the opening night, Ramòn confronts Paul with his questions. In nightly conversations, a painful exploration of their relationship begins. Ramòn realises that at the bottom of his confused emotions is the separation of his parents.
KARMA SHADUB is the portrait of a father-son relationship, a personal film about separation and self-discovery - quite simply, about becoming an adult.
*Grand prix, vision du Reel nyon 2013