Guide: Swiss Film Festival 2017


The very first Swiss Film Festival will run from April 28-30, 2017 and May 5-7, 2017 at the Cinema 4 of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall Cineplex. 

The said festival will feature three heart-warming films namely: Heidi, Vitus and Rascals on the Road/Mein Name is Eugen. 

Screening Schedules are as follows:


The films will be shown with English subtitles with the aim of promoting and fostering cultural exchange and people relations. All screenings are open to the public and will be FREE Admission on a first come, first served basis. 

Swiss Film Festival Movie Synopsis:



Based on the best selling 1880’s classic novel Heidi written by Johanna Spyri, you’ll be delighted to see the story come alive on screen (not just in animation), it’ll surely be a joy for you to watch this film. Heidi is a story of a young orphan girl living with her grandfather Alm in the Alps. Heidi’s Aunt Dete takes her away to Frankfurt to live in an upper-class household as the companion of wheelchair-bound child named Klara. With everything new and strange to her, Heidi becomes lonesome and longs for her grandfather’s company which led to her homesickness and brought her back home to the mountains. Klara then comes to visit Heidi one summer which causes Heidi’s friend Peter to become jealous.

Rascals on the Road/Mein Name is Eugen

Mein Name ist Eugen also known as Rascals on the Road is another film based on a popular 1955 children’s book by Swiss author Klaus Schädelin. It’s the story of four little rascals told through the eyes of 12-year old Eugen. Eugen and his three friends go on a quest to follow the footsteps of “the biggest rascal of all time” Fritzli Bühler and to search for long lost treasure. Their sudden disappearance leads their parents to follow them and as the boys continue their rambunctious journey to Zurich, they begin to doubt if Fritzli Bühler even exists at all.



Vitus is a 12-year old piano prodigy whose parents, though they mean well, suffocate him with their big and ambitious dreams for him. All Vitus wants is to live a life like an ordinary kid, so he decides to rebel and chase his own dreams instead with the help of his eccentric grandfather who loves flying.


The Swiss films being featured wonderfully illustrate Switzerland’s sceneries and lifestyle. They take any grown-up to relive his childhood days and illuminate the eyes of all the children. 

The first Swiss Film Festival is made possible through the Swiss Embassy Manila, Film Development Council of the Philippines, and Shangri-La Plaza. 

For more information, call (02) 370-2500 local 593 or visit You may also get in touch with the Swiss Embassy Manila facebook page for more details.

Vance Madrid

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