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In September 1929 there was the first "Congrès International du Cinéma Indépendant" at the ancient castle of "La Sarraz" in Switzerland with the participation of Serghej Ejzenstejn, Tissé and Aleksandrov among the others. At the end of the congress, Ejzenstejn with the help of Richter conceived the idea of a short film: he wrapped up Jeannine Boussinouss, one of the delegates of the congress, in a white cloth with two empty bobbins like a breastplate and left her hanging from the highest tower of the castle, symbol of "the spirit of cinematography", where she could watch the encounter of two armies fighting for her.
The armies were that of "Business" led by completely armed Bela Balazs, and that of "Independence" led by Ejzenstejn riding a stand of projector and jousting with only a lance and a projecting apparatus. Among the other warriors one could recognize Léon Moussinac, Hans Richter and Walter Ruttmann. The same Richter and Montagu helped Ejzenstejn to direct the film.
The historical operator of Ejzenstejn, Eduard Tissé had to film the whole comic allegory in only one day, because the shocked owner of the castle demanded to stop the eccentricity of the members of the Congress. This short film seemed to be lost in an indefinite archive of Berlin. In the 80's, the Locarno International Film Festival endowed a Prize of criticism "La Sarraz" in the memory of the famous congress and misfortunes of Ejzenstejn's short film.
The theme of Ejzenstejn's short film, its symbology, the allegory of a knight armed only with a projector have given the name to La Sarraz Pictures, which symbolically, with the same independent spirit "fights" to realize quality and independent cinema.
Before La Sarraz Pictures, in May 1996, "La Sarraz" Cinematografica was set up by Alessandro Borelli, scenarist and film director, to produce independently all his films. The first film, produced in May 1996, was titled Bandito dal mondo. All the following films were made on 16mm. or Super 16mm. They include Gymnopédie (1997), screening of which at Visioni italiane 1997 (Bologna) was the national premiere where it received a special mention. Then it won an award at the 51 Locarno International Film Festival (1998) in the "Leopards of Tomorrow" section and was also screened at numerous national and international festivals having a great success. The next films were the documentary Breve inchiesta su Davide (1998), the short film Il confronto (1999) and the short film Un altro giorno, ancora...
In 2001 the first feature film Epoché – Sospensione was produced (on Super 16mm.), which the following year was screened at Filmwoche di Wurzburg (Germany), at Tiburon International Film festival (San Francisco, USA) and at MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival).
In 2004 "La Sarraz" Cinematografica was changed into La Sarraz Pictures, which accepted the new members and started developing the new subjects for documentaries.
In May 2010 the city of Milan made a complete tribute to La Sarraz Pictures.
In May 2012 Alessandro Borrelli is selected from EFP to take part to “Producers on the move” during the Cannes film festival and La Sarraz Pictures starts to be involved in interactive transmedia works and it obtains- it's the first time for an italian film company- the Media Interactive works.
"Understanding the world through documentaries"
Actually La Sarraz Pictures is developing and producing subjects for creative documentaries. With the narrative approach of international character La Sarraz intends to develop and produce the subjects capable of representing customs, history and social reality in the original way, with the particular interest in the subjects that deal with the themes linked to the identity. La Sarraz Pictures is open to any form of collaboration with the other European and international production companies, both as a producer and as a co-producer. The company holds an editorial meeting to study the new projects to start out on the production once a month.