HD, DCP - 2013 - Swiss - 84 & 52 - Color

Three Letters from China

Watermarks (original title)

A film by Luc Schaedler

Based on three different places, the film portrays the infractions to which people living in modern day China are subjected due to rapid developments: in the deceptively idyllic Jiuxiancun in the rainy south; in the apocalyptic coal mining site of Minqin and Wusutu in the parched north; and in Chongqing, the megacity on the Yangtze River. The protagonists give their moving accounts of an unresolved past, an uncertain present and their tentative steps into the future. The film thus paints a complex image of the mental state of the people in this complicated country. “Watermarks” is a subjective snapshot in time that takes a poetic look at the changing everyday life in China.

Luc Schaedler


Born in 1963 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Studies in Cultural Anthropology and Film.

Ph.D. in Visual Anthropology (2007).

Collaboration with the arthouse cinema Xenix and establishing of the children’s filmclub Magic Lantern in Zurich (1986-2002).

Head of the department of Visual Anthropology at the University of Zurich (2006-2008).

Since 1996 independent filmmaker and producer (go between films, Zürich).

website: http://www.gobetweenfilms.com/category/films?lang=en


Luc Schaedler


1997 Made in Hong Kong (Leipzig, Competition),

2005 Angry Monk (Sundance, World Cinema Competition),

2013 Watermarks (Locarno, Semaine de la critique).

Original language: Chinese
Produced by: Go Between Films gmbh – Luc Schaedler I Josie Meier
In coproduction with: Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (Urs Augstburger); SRG SSR (Sven Wälti); 3sat (Rajan Autze); RTS (Irene Challand)


Locarno (2013) – World Premiere – International Critic’s Week