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Directors: Matthias Sahli & Immanuel Esser
Countries of Production: Switzerland, Germany
Year of Release: 2022
Runtime: 16 min
For years now, giant talking newts have been used both for their labour and as laboratory animals. The Newt Congress takes place at a conference building surrounded by nature where participants have come together to optimize the exploitation of the animals. The short film is a free adaptation of Karel Čapek’s “War with the Newts”.
Pardino d’argento Swiss Life Award, National Competition – 2022 Locarno Film Festival
Best Short Film Award, SOFC (Critic’s Jury) – 2022 Sitges
2022 Locarno Film Festival
2022 Sitges, International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia
2022 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
2023 Sundance Film Festival
2023 Palm Springs International ShortFest