Fetish & Dreams

The film is about a Swiss filmmaker (S.) who is working on a documentary film on the theme of loneliness in New York. It mixes documentary and fiction in an entertaining way, showing all the flourishing industry that is aimed at lonely people, the numerous organisations that offer their services for singles and those seeking partners.
S. explores it all with journalist thoroughness. Initially distanced, but as time goes by he finds himself more and more involved personally. He cannot get a woman, he saw on the flight to New York, out of his mind. All that he knows is her name, Michéle, and that she studies music in Boston.
His telephone quest does not bring anything and he decides to go to Boston. There he visits all the music schools and puts up posters in the streets. Finally Michéle gets in touch.
S. falls in love. The film story meets finally his personal situation. Distance is no longer possible.

CH 1985
Feature Film
35mm (Transfer from 1 inch video)
82 min., colour

Location: New York, Boston (USA)
Language: English, Swiss German
Subtitles: German, French, English

Credits

Director: Steff Gruber
Script: Steff Gruber
Photographer: Rainer Klausmann
Editor: Beni Müller and Steff Gruber
Music: William Steffen

With 
Michèle Rusconi, Marcy Boucher, Lea Lerman, Rip Wilson, Peter Schelling, Steff Gruber and the participation of Joel Meyerowitz.

Producer: Steff Gruber
Co-Producer: Cyrille Kazis
Production: ALIVE Media
Distribution: Filmcoopi Zurich
World Sales: KINO.NET


Rainer Klausmann DOP, Steff Gruber

Swiss film maker Steff Gruber and his cameraman Rainer Klausmann are working on a documentary film project in New York. The team is researching the subject of loneliness. There are twelve million people living in New York City; seven and a half million of them are singles. An impressive backdrop for the project. 
A whole sector of industry exists here by doing business with loneliness. Countless firms and organisations offer services to singles and people seeking a partner. The film team takes part in specialist courses and events, carries on research at parties and in single bars, investigates the print media, telephone services and even erotic services aimed at the lonely.

With journalistic thoroughness, Gruber follows up these leads and captures it all on camera. To begin with he is just a spectator observing it from a distance. But he finds he is increasingly unable to distance himself from his own emotions.

There was a woman he noticed on the flight out, and he can’t get her out of her head. He only knows her first name, Michèle, and that she is studying music in Boston…
In his own way, Gruber now tries to apply the skills he has acquired in the contact courses he has attended. He decides to go to Boston. There he does the rounds of all the music colleges, and puts up posters enquiring for her.

Finally Michèle contacts him. 
The couple fall in love. The story of the film has now got thoroughly involved with Gruber’s own life. Distance is no longer an option.

A few weeks later, Michèle visits him in New York. They talk about their love for one another, and their fears of commitment. It becomes clear that there is no shared future for them to look forward to.

A film by Steff Gruber

With

Michèle 
MICHÈLE RUSCONI

Steff 
STEFF GRUBER

Marcy 
MARCY BOUCHER

Lea
LEA LERMAN

Peter 
PETER SCHILLING

Rip 
RIP WILSON

Telephone Voice 
JÜRG ALTHERR

Director of Photography 
RAINER KLAUSMANN

Travelling 
BILL ROSE

Production Coordinator (USA) 
WENDY L. YELLIN

Film Research 
KATIE MEISTER

Lighting Equipment
Times Square Corp., New York

Additional Equipment
Cine 60 Inc.
Stage Lighting Corp.
Spectra, Videomart Inc., New York

Transportation
Capitol Air, Hertz, Aamcar

Travel Coordination
MAX LAUBE, Kingtravel Ltd., Zurich

Printing (USA)
Gallery Printing, New York

Additional Second unit photography 
SIGI MEIER

Camera Assistant 
DANIEL KOCH

Make-Up 
GLYNIS A. GREEN

Video Technician 
CHRIS THURNHERR

BETACAM System 
SONY

Betacam Engineer 
WILLI GSELL

Additional Scene shot at AV-Studio 
GANZ Ltd., Zurich

Special thanks to 
HANS ARBER

Still Photography 
LEONARD ZUBLER

Production Secretaries 
DANIELA HUBER
REGULA WALKER

Transscript 
JULIE NERO
BARBARA BRÄNDLI

Edited by 
BENI MÜLLER

Videotape edited by 
PHIL HAINES

Assistant Videotape Editor 
TODD McEVILY

Master Editing 
VIDEOPIX Ltd., Zurich

Off-Line Editing 
ALIVE Film & Video Productions, Zurich

Sound Processing and Remix 
STUDIETTO Ltd., Zurich

Music Recording 
MSM Studios Ltd., Zurich

Recording Engineer 
WALTER ROHRBACH

Entire Soundtrack processed with 
APHEX AURAL EXITER

Public Relations 
RENE GROSSENBACHER

Main Titles 
STEFF GRUBER

Title 
HEADLINE Ltd., Zurich

Title Generator 
PERDIAG Ltd., Zurich

Graphic Design 
HANS-PETER KUSTER
PIT GÜNTER

Printing 
MÜLLER-WERDER, Zurich

Director, Producer 
STEFF GRUBER

Assistant to Steff Gruber 
MAURO LANDO

Commissioning Editors
MARTIN SCHMASSMANN
PIA HORLACHER, Schweizer Fernsehen DRS

Original Music written and performed by 
WILLIAM STEFFEN

Video-to-Film-Transfer 
ARACO Ltd., Lichtenstein

Moviecam-Operator 
WERNER ZUBER

Equipment 
CINERENT Ltd., VIDEOPIX. Ltd.

Negative Editing 
ELLA WALLSTRÖM

Color Timing 
JOHANNES ANDERS

Film Projection 
KURT HÄBERLI

Entire Film shot and post-produced with 
SONY Video Equipment

Produced by 
ALIVE Film & Video Productions Ltd., Zurich, Switzerland

With special thanks to

Katie Meister / Bill Rose / Rip Wilson / Scott Wilson / Serina Wilson / Lea Lerman / Marcy Boucher / Mitchell/Reus Design / Virgil Moorfield / Wendy L. Yellin

Camille and the Ladies at PANDORA’S BOX

Sparkle Image Studio / Intercontinental Televideo Inc. / SONY America / CTL Electronics Inc./ M&H Auto Body Expert, Boston / Terrace Motel, Boston / The Danceteria, New York / Dean Rollston / Joel Meyerowitz / Karin Limmroth / Ron Rosenbaum / Jürg Altherr / Jinjee / Nancy Fisher / Victoria and Mary Perillo from Red Planet Productions and all other collaborative Redheads!

Robert Katz / Ed Lachman / Werner Herzog

Erich Langjahr / Urs Amann / Mauro Lando / Tobias Wyss / Xavier Koller / Hans Liechti / Alfons Sinniger / Walo Deuber / Glynis A. Green / Gitta Malek-Nasrie / Renato Faccinetto / Pat Kustenaar / Beat Müller / Paul Hoyningen / Paul Fischli / Vivian Scheifele / Ines Diemer, Beat Stünzi / Peter Hauser / René Grossenbacher / This Brunner / Rolf Dinkelmann / Martine Grosjean

Financial Supporting

Eidgenössisches Department des Innern / Schweizer Filmzentrum / Migros Genossenschaftsbund / Schweizer Fernsehen DRS / SONY (Switzerland) Inc. / 3M (Switzerland) Inc. / Druckerei Müller-Werder, Zurich / Capitol Air Inc. (Switzerland) / AV-Studio Ganz, Zurich / Präsidialabteilung der Stadt Zürich / Erziehungsdirektion des Kanton Zürich

Shot on location 1983-84 in New York City, Boston and Zurich, Switzerland

CH 1985
Feature Film
35mm (Transfer from 1 inch video)
82 min., colour

Language: English, Swiss German
Subtitles: German, French, English


New York shooting (Rainer Klausmann), Mauro Lando, Steff Gruber

Last scene… crew in Zurich

„Steff Gruber ist unter den Schweizer Filmemachern eine Ausnahmeerscheinung. Sowohl ‚Moon in Taurus’, sein erster Spielfilm, als nun auch ‚Fetish & Dreams’ widersetzen sich Sehgewohnheiten, die auf eher konventionelle Dramaturgien bei Spielfilmen eingestimmt sind.
‚Fetish & Dreams’ führt fort, was ‚Moon in Taurus’ (1978-80) begonnen hatte: aus dokumentarischem Material, das zum Zwecke eben dieser Arbeit aufgenommen wurde, eine Fiktion herausfiltern; aus ihm also einen Spielfilm herstellen, der andererseits aber auch ein Dokumentarfilm ist, indem die Fiktion sich ihrerseits umstülpt in einen soziologischen Exkurs über die Relationen von Menschen untereinander, von Männern und Frauen in einer bestimmten gesellschaftlichen Situation.
Das Vorgehen Steff Grubers ist, sowohl bei den Aufnahmen zu einem Film als auch bei der Bearbeitung des so gewonnenen Materials, also ausserhalb der Norm. Was dabei entsteht, ist ästhetisch etwas Genuines, ein Stück künstlerischer Welt, wie sie in den Filmtheorien bisher nicht gedanklich vorweggenommen war.“

Martin Schaub, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 27. September 1985

Basler Zeitung
19. August 1985

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Solothurner Zeitung
19.August 1985

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Le Monde
20. Août 1985

(PDF – 270.9 kb)

NZZ
27. September 1985

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Photo: Andreas Bachmann