- Sun 8 Oct 2017
- Len Lye Centre Cinema
- Presented by Goethe-Institut NZ
- Free entry
- Festival tickets can be picked up from the Govett-Brewster front desk in person on the day of each screening.
- First in – first served, unfortunately no reservations by phone or email. Please take your seat 10 mins before the film starts as otherwise empty seats will be re-allocated
- Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
The story of a struggle between two vastly different characters and how they develop a deep friendship.
Toni Sommer (68) used to be the most popular and successful “Schwinger” of his time in Switzerland’s traditional wrestling sport, but since the fatal accident of his opponent and best friend, he’s been living anonymously and lonely in a suburb of Bern. His energy and his zest for life have left him, and the only friend he has is the grave of his former opponent. Hiro, a 10-year-old boy, disturbs Sommer’s reclusiveness. He lives with his grandma one floor above Sommer’s flat. Hiro wants only one thing - to become a great sumotori, a sumo wrestler. When his grandma dies unexpectedly, Hiro pleads the grumpy Sommer to take him to a sumo stall in his home country, Japan. And so a journey starts from Bern to Tokyo and across Japan. The film tells - in a humorous and touching way - the story of a struggle between two vastly different characters and how they develop a deep friendship.
Swiss/German with English subtitles, 2016, Colour, 92 min., Rated M, Dir. Stefan Jäger