Jela Hasler

The Meadow

doc, 9 min, 2015


Regie/Director: Jela Hasler
Bild/Cinematography: Andi Widmer
Montage/Editing: Stephan Heiniger
Sounddesign & Mix: Thomas Gassmann
Color Grading: Hannes Rüttimann
Musik: Albin Rohrer

Film in der Swissfilms-Datenbank: Swissfilms
«The Meadow» ist in den Swissfilms-Booklets «Docs Fall 15», «Short Films 2016» und «Docs Spring 16» vertreten.


>In trockener, steppenhafter Landschaft weidet eine Rinderherde, begleitet von Hunden, behütet von Cowboys.
Nach und nach entpuppt sich die friedliche Umgebung als trügerisch – während die Kühe ihren Tag beenden, wie sie ihn begonnen haben.

>In a dry, barren landscape, a herd of cattel is grazing, accompanied by dogs, looked after by cowboys.
Step by step the seemingly peaceful place starts to prove fallacious to the viewer – while the cows end their day as it begun.


Short Film Award of the City of Winterthur, Cadrage – Zurich film awards, 2015
Award for best Short Film, Punto de Vista Int. Documentary Film Festival Pamplona, 2016
Award for best short ex aequo with «pepsi, cola, water?» by Tom Bogaert, Videoex Zürich 2016
Special Award /Honorable Mention at Split Film Festival, 2016
Award for best short in the category «Wagnis» («risk») at Flensburger Kurzfilmtage, 2016
2nd prize «Succès Zürich», Cadrage – Zurich film awards, 2016


Film Festival Locarno, Competition, 2015
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Swiss Competition, 2015
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Paradocs, 2015
Sofia Menar Filmfestival Bulgarien, 2016
Solothurner Filmtage, Panorama Shorts II, 2016
Punto de Vista Documentary Film Festival, International Competition, 2016
Tampere Short Film Festival, International Competition, 2016
Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, International Competition, 2016
Belgrade Documentary Film Festival, Special Programme «New Cinematic Voices of Switzerland» curated by Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, 2016
Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, European Competition & Best Of, 2016
Vilnius Film Festival, Very Short Night Programme 2016
Rencontres du film court Madagascar, 2016
Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival Toronto, Shorts Competition, 2016
Changing Perspective Film Festival Istanbul, Main Focus: Borders and Welcome 2 Stay Leipzig, 2016
Doxa Documentary Film Festival Vancouver, Shorts Competition, 2016
Videoex, Competition, Zurich, 2016
Kurzfilmnacht-Tour: Swiss Shorts, 2016
Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad, 2016
Sydney Film Festival, Shorts Competition, 2016
FEST New Directors new Films Espinho, Portugal, 2016
Swiss Film Festival Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2016
Open-Air Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany, 2016
Parkflimmern Fürstenwalde Germany, 2016
Kinookus Food Film Festival Croatia, 2016
OderKurz Filmspektakel Germany, 2016
Corto e Fieno Filmfestival Italy, 2016
Split Film Festival Croatia, 2016
Shnit Shortfilmfestival, 2016
Autumn in Voronet Filmfestival, Romania, 2016
Northern Wave Filmfestival Iceland, 2016
Festifreak Festival Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016
Minidoc Filmfestival, Spain, 2016
Devour! Food Film Festival, Wolfville, Canada, 2016
Flensburger Kurzfilmtage, Germany, 2016
exground filmfest Wiesbaden, 2016
The Bosphorus Film Festival Istanbul, Turkey, 2016
Polarized! Vision, Rovaniemi Finland, 2016
Madurai Film Festival, India, 2016
Short & Independent Filmfestival, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2016
Bogoshorts, Bogota, Colombia, 2016
Lecce Filmfest, Italy, 2016
Ciné-Doc Le Sentier, Switzerland, 2017
Minimalen Short Film Festival Trondhem, Norway 2017
Northwest Film Forum, Canada, 2017
Trento Film Festival, Italy, 2017
Shorts Mexico, 2017


Cineuropa: Top European Shorts 2015

For the international day of the short film (december 21st), Cineuropa has asked a number of programmers and curators to make a list of their top European Shorts of 2015. Sven Schwarz (director Shortfilmfestival Hamburg) has mentioned «The Meadow» as one of his Top 5!
«This beautiful unagitated documentary gives the audience a glimpse into a world where something feels strange. Even though this film is very calm and almost static it got really stuck in my head and is one of the gems I am hoping to see at a lot of festivals in 2016»

Catalogue Info IDFA, 2015:
«The Golan Heights, the hilly area on the border between Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel, has been a disputed territory for millennia. Assyrians, Arameans, Greeks led by Alexander the Great, Romans and Ottomans – they all rolled through this strategically located area. During the Six Day War in 1967, Israel captured the plateau, annexed it officially 14 years later and built radar stations there. The UN was unanimous in its rejection of this action and the local Druze continue to resist the occupation. Every time problems break out in the region – especially with a bloody civil war going on in Syria for years now – the tension can be cut with a knife. But that’s the situation from the perspective of a human. For ruminants with four stomachs, life in the Golan Heights isn’t so bad. The grass could be more tender, but the clima-te is pleasant and the peace is disturbed only by dogs and a single cowboy. Jela Hasler has mastered the art of putting things in perspective. She already proved that with her graduation film that was supposed to be about a porn producer, but turned out to be a revealing examination of her family‘s lack of understanding about her life as a filmmaker.»