Switzerland / 2007 / 81'
What does a baby's cry have in common with the echo of a mountain yodeler, and what connects the head tone of a Tuvin nomad with the stage show of a vocal artist? The answer is: THE VOICE. Against a background of powerful alpine vistas and modern city landscapes, Heimatklaenge enters the wondrous sonic world of three exceptional Swiss vocal artists. Their universe of sound extends far beyond what we would describe as singing. In their engagement with local and foreign traditions, the powerful mountain landscape becomes a stage as do the landscapes and sonic backdrops of modern life.
Stefan Schwietert was born in 1961 and grew up in Therwil, Switzerland. In 1981 he spent a year in Brazil where, among other things, he worked as an assistant director in the music-film department of Globo TV. In 1983 he spent a guest semester at the California Art Institute in San Francisco, and from 1984 to1990 he was a student at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. In 1991 Schwietert founded his production company NEAPEL FILM. His films have been shown throughout the world and awarded several prizes. Schwietert also teaches at different film schools and acts as dramatic adviser on film projects. He lives and works in Berlin and Basel. Selected filmography includes: Accordion Tribe (2004), Das Alphorn (2003), El acordeón del diablo (2000), A tickle in the heart (1996).