Les Nouvelles Èves

Everyday Heroines

Synopsis

One year after the national women’s strike, the issue of equality is far from settled. In the collective documentary LES NOUVELLES ÉVES, six filmmakers delve into the everyday lives of six women from different professions and explore what it means to be a woman in today’s Switzerland. Alternating glimpses into the lives of these “everyday heroines” show how the protagonists consciously resist role attributions and fight for their personal goals – even against social barriers. An exciting and illuminating look at a highly topical subject.

Duration80 minutes
FormatDCP / 5.1
LanguagesSwiss German, German, French, Italian
SubtitlesGerman, English, French, Italian
Distribution CHFirst Hand Films

Trailer

LES NOUVELLES ÈVES – Everyday Heroines: movie trailer

Festivals

Theatrical release
German-speaking Switzerland 18 November 2021
French-speaking Switzerland 1 December 2021
Italian-speaking Switzerland TBA

Theatrical release dates

Press / Reviews

Migros Kulturprozent article by Pierre Wüthrich (05.11.2021)

Radio X Interview “Heldinnen des Alltags auf der grossen Leinwand” with Thaïs Odermatt and Anna Thommen (directors) by Nicolas Laube.

The road might still be long, but ‘Les Nouvelles Èves’ shows us that a reality beyond gender stereotypes is nonetheless possible, necessary, even.

Muriel del Don, Cineuropa

The second great national women’s strike was two and a half years ago, but the documentary Les Nouvelles Èves now provides a worthy cinematic tribute to it. […] Thus, glimpses into the lives of retired Lugano woman Valeria Kepner, Basel canteen worker Naima Cuica, Lausanne professor Sophie Swaton, Zurich opera singer Sela Bieri, Geneva student Delphine Rozmuski and Bern student Cosima Scheck are skilfully woven together into an expressive whole.

Noemi Ehrat, Filmbulletin

And so “Les nouvelles Èves” manages to do even more than just demonstrating how women live in today’s society. It manages to illuminate these very hidden ideas. And it amazes. […] Despite the frightening realisation that the root of the problem lies deeper, the Swiss documentary motivates and instills hope. The six women live on as usual, but fight, each in her own way, against those classic role attributions.

Nathalie Reichel, Basler Zeitung

A wonderful kaleidoscope of warm, fresh and confident femininity!

Natalie Fritz, Katholisches Medienzentrum

Six filmmakers join forces to portray six women in Switzerland: filming began in June 2020, one year after the national women’s strike. The documentary explores what the protagonists are motivated by and what concerns them: What hurdles do they face, what defines their everyday lives? The women challenge role attributions, shatter clichés and have a power that is contagious.

Alisa Fäh, 20 Minuten

The result is a work that is thought-provoking in a straightforward way, without much embellishment or judgment. “Les Nouvelles Èves” works without an introduction or an ending, without interviews or commentaries. Just these six women in the midst of their daily lives…

Vanessa Büchel, Bolero Magazin

From a young girl to a retiree: six Swiss directors each devote themselves to one protagonist in this collective film on the subject of women’s equality. […] In the editing process, the six different strands were woven together to form an “overview of the gender inequalities that still exist in our country”. The editing by Anja Bombelli (“Burning Memories”) is clever. Through this interweaving, the film points beyond individual fates, and the editing establishes surprising connections.

Regina Grüter, Luzerner Zeitung

The documentary raises the volume of quiet voices: sometimes what is shown and said is familiar from one’s own experiences, at other times it makes one sit up and take notice. However, all in all the observation remains: the voices that are being heard here are too often lost in the public discourse. That alone makes this film relevant.

Georges Wyrsch, SRF

A few dozen women collaborated on this project, creating a well-rounded, beautiful, light-hearted, entertaining picture of women’s lives in Switzerland today that quietly ensures that we continue to address the topic.

Hanspeter Stalder, der-andere-film.ch

Film portraits of Swiss women – They cope with everyday stress and death scenes: From a nurse to an opera singer, “Les nouvelles Èves” features portraits of six women by six women. […] These and other stories result in a contemporary record with fascinating insights.

Gregor Schenker, Tagesanzeiger

The documentary portrays six women of various age groups and backgrounds living in Switzerland. Despite the stereotypical views of women that Naima, Délphine, Cosima, Sela, Sophie and Valeria encounter in their everyday lives, they all try to follow their own path with the means they have at their disposal. The filmmakers succeed in expressing this ” being on the move” in a poetic way.

Clara Willers, Volksstimme

Il est dans l’air du temps de remettre en question l’héritage souvent pesant du patriarcat; ces femmes qui subissent cette construction sociale aujourd’hui bousculent les idées reçues avec finesse. Les cinéastes présentent cette mosaïque dans une tournée romande: ce soir jeudi à Pully, puis à Monthey, Orbe, Payerne etc.

Cécile Lecoultre, Natacha Rossel und Matthieu Chenal, 24heures

Les Nouvelles Eves brosse le portrait de plusieurs générations de femmes dans notre pays. Il y a par exemple Valeria Kepner, une retraitée tessinoise composant avec une maigre pension, Sophie Swaton, professeure à l’Université de Lausanne jonglant entre sa carrière professionnelle et ses trois enfants, ou encore Sela Bieri, chanteuse d’opéra à Zurich se battant contre les stéréotypes de genre dans son métier tandis que son partenaire s’occupe de la famille et du ménage… Des univers volontairement très différents mais qui témoignent avec force – mais aussi avec beaucoup d’humour – des luttes et des obstacles que peuvent rencontrer les femmes dans la société.

Olivier Wyser, La Liberté

Au lieu de choisir des figures connues et engagées, chacune [réalisatrices] signera le portrait d’une héroïne du quotidien, confrontée «de manière subtile ou évidente» aux injustices structurelles du patriarcat. Une approche inédite et des plus pertinentes.

Mathieu Loewer, Le Courrier

Filminfo

Written and directed byCamille Budin, Annie Gisler, Jela Hasler, Thaïs Odermatt, Wendy Pillonel und Anna Thommen
CinematographyGabriela Betschart
SoundSalomé Wüllner
EditingAnja Bombelli
Music & SounddesignAdrian Pfisterer
Sound mixingOslo Studios, Karim Baghani
Grading8horses, Patrischa Freuler
Graphic designLea Link, Carlos Isabel Garcia
Produced byJudith Lichtneckert & Liliane Ott
© 2021 Emilia Productions GmbH, co-production with SRG SSR and Migros Kulturprozent