Rediscovering Alain Tanner

June 1 - 28

From June 1 through June 28, the Gene Siskel Film Center, in partnership with Swiss Films, presents "Rediscovering Alain Tanner," a series of seven long-unavailable films, all in 35mm prints provided by the Swiss Cinematheque.

Tanner's first film, CHARLES, DEAD OR ALIVE (1969), put an nearly invisible Swiss cinema on the international map. Tanner (1929-) quickly transcended regional novelty to become one of the most important European Art Cinema directors of the 1970s.

Directly addressing the intellectual and political currents of his time, Tanner staked out a distinctive niche for himself, straddling the commercial and modernist cinemas. His films may be obsessed with ideas, but they always envision ideas in the form of complex, contradictory characters: Bulle Ogier's mercurial schizophrenic in LA SALAMANDRE, François Simon's acerbic ex-conformist in CHARLES, DEAD OR ALIVE, the eight "minor prophets" in JONAH WHO WILL BE 25 IN THE YEAR 2000, the titanic old man and his punkish acolyte in LIGHT YEARS AWAY. Many directors can express the significance of political and intellectual thought; Tanner is one of the few who can capture its joy.

Martin Rubin, Associate Director of Programming

Special thanks to Marcel Müller of Swiss Films and Jim Healy of UW Cinematheque.

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Alain Tanner film on any applicable Saturday this month, and get a ticket for the second Tanner film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)


Charles, Dead Or Alive

Charles mort ou vif

1969, Alain Tanner, Switzerland, 93 min. With François Simon, Marcel Robert.


  • Fri, Jun 1st 7:45pm
  • Sat, Jun 2nd 5:15pm

Jonah Who Will Be 25 In The Year 2000

Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000

1976, Alain Tanner, Switzerland, 116 min. With Myriam Boyer, Jean-Luc Bideau, Miou-Miou.


  • Sat, Jun 2nd 3:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 7th 6:00pm

Light Years Away

Les années lumière

1981, Alain Tanner, Switzerland/France, 105 min. With Trevor Howard, Mick Ford.


  • Sat, Jun 9th 5:30pm
  • Tue, Jun 12th 8:00pm

La Salamandre

The Salamander

1971, Alain Tanner, Switzerland/France, 125 min. With Bulle Ogier, Jean-Luc Bideau.


  • Sat, Jun 9th 3:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 14th 6:00pm

The Middle Of The World

Le milieu du monde

1974, Alain Tanner, Switzerland, 115 min. With Olimpia Carlisi, Philippe Leotard, Juliet Berto.


  • Sat, Jun 16th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Jun 19th 8:15pm


1979, Alain Tanner, France/Switzerland, 123 min. With Clémentine Amouroux, Catherine Rétrouvé.


  • Sat, Jun 16th 5:15pm
  • Thu, Jun 21st 6:00pm

In The White City

Dans la ville blanche

1983, Alain Tanner, Switzerland, 108 min. With Bruno Ganz, Teresa Madruga.


  • Sat, Jun 23rd 3:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 28th 6:00pm