Reviving the tradition of a film festival is not an easy task, and the 1st Tashkent International Film Forum (19-25 October) was indeed a challenge for its organizers. But they succeeded beyond expectation, even if many lessons have to be learnt for the future. The jury that Moritz de Hadeln chaired – upon suggestion from the Russian film critic Andej Plakhov - did deliver unanimously its award nominations and was surprised by the hight quality of the Uzbek entries. But for the de Hadelns, this trip was also a return to dear memories when they started their festival career. 40 years ago Nyon (Switzerland) hosted one of the first “Uzbek film week”. Chairman of their jury back in 1971 was the filmmaker Shukrat Abbassov, now 80 years old. During an emotional meeting Shukrat offered to Moritz a traditional gold-embroidered robe or zarchapon that he wore during the closing ceremony next to the President's daughter, head of the event. Since then, his photo has made sensation in the local Swiss press and beyond !
September 16 to 23, 2011 - Berlin
Erika and Moritz de Hadeln accompanied Christan Jungen to Berlin in order to help him document the book he is writing on their career. Meeting were scheduled with Ronald Trisch, Joachim von Vietinghoff, Hans Schlegel, Karin Hoffinger, Wieland Speck, Wofgang Jacobsen, Ulrich Gregor and Volker Hassemer. Unfortunately Ulrich Eckart and Volker Baer were out of town. Many meetings took place without them attending, in order to respect the author's freedom. It is reckoned this book, in German, will not be published before the spring of 2013 as investigations and archive research progress.
August 4 to 7, 2011 - Locarno
The 64th Locarno International Festival marked the 40th anniversary of the Piazza Grande screenings as Moritz recently reminded in an article published in Zurich newspaper "NZZ am Sonntag". And of course both Erika and Moritz attended the event from August 4th to 7.
July 9 to 16, 2011 - St. Petersburg (Russia)
Erika and Moritz de Hadeln were invited to attend the second Kinoforum in Lenin's town, a forum that aims to offer an alternative to the Moscow Film Festival. If the so called “cultural program” was impressive in this town loaded with history, the festival film program was a deception. Many Russian films were screened without subtitles and the main program was essentially focused on known films. Hans-Joachim Schlegel and the Gregors also attended the event.
June 20, 2011 - Lausanne
Within the framework of Christian Jungen's research for his biography on Moritz' and Erika's career, an emotional meeting took place in Lausanne with Freddy Buache, the former head of the Swiss Film Archive. Among others, the meeting focused on the memory of the hard times for Swiss cinema in the early 60's and on the pioneer work of Walter Marti, Reni Mertens, producers of Moritz' first documentary “Le Pèlé” and on the work of Ernest Artaria, Rogosin's cameraman for “Come Back Africa” and among others, the early films of Alain Tanner and Rolf Lyssy.
June 15, 2011 - Nyon
By acclamation, Moritz de Hadeln was elected the new president of the Greens for the region of “La Côte” that includes some 47 towns and villages spreading from the Geneva boundaries to towns such as Nyon, Gland and Rolle totalling a population of 80'000. He will be assisted by a team of expert politicians to fulfil his duties that include coordinating forthcoming national and regional elections and events. Environment, energy topics and the integration of foreigners into a multi-cultural society are at the forefront of his agenda. Meanwhile, two days later he was re-elected one of the vice-presidents of the town council of Gland, where he is working and living.
May 11 to 18, 2011- Cannes
“de Hadeln & Partners” attended the 66th Cannes Film Festival as guest of the Market. During their stay many meetings took place with old and new friends and partners, among others with Wieland Speck, Beki Probst, Maria Manthoulis, Jean-Jacques Logeais, Kim Dongho. Screenings however remained at the top of their stay with many great discoveries. The possibility of ordering tickets online remains a real asset of Cannes, that many other events should implement.
March 13, 2011 - Gland
The election of the Greens party in the small town of Gland (Switzerland) was a true success, totalling 11% of all votes. This new party for Gland enters in the town hall with 8 members, among them Moritz de Hadeln with 567 personal votes, the second best result of the group. Unfortunately he did not make it to the Town government with only 574 votes while some 900 were needed, but his main aim to get the Greens elected was achieved through his media presence during the campaign. The newly elected local parliament will be sworn in late June. More details at http://verts-gland.ch/index.php?page=elections-2011
February 10 to 20, 2011 - Berlin
For the first time since 1979, Moritz and Erika de Hadeln have not attended the Berlinale, now in its 61st edition. They also missed the 25th Gay Teddy Bear ceremony. Instead, they plan to visit Berlin and their friends after the Swiss elections in September.
January 19 to 21st, 2011 - Solothurn
"de Hadeln & Partners" attended the 46th Solothurn film event dedicated to Swiss films. They also attended the tribute to Ruth Waldburger, one of the most prominent Swiss film producers (over 80 films) who among others started the career of Brad Pitt. She produced films by Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Robert Frank, Gianni Amelio, Silvio Soldini and Bela Tarr.
January 18, 2011 - Gland
The Greens choose Moritz de Hadeln to run as their candidate for the Town government ("Municipality") in the elections due for March 13. Reluctantly he accepts as their front runner to enter the election arena. www.verts-gland.ch
January 2, 2011 - Gland
Moritz de Hadeln joined the newly created group in Gland of the Greens after spectactularly he resigned from the local Socialist party pointing at its incapacity to modernize, caught as it is in old fashion vocabulary and traditions from an another age.