Isa Hesse-Rabinovitch – Das Grosse Spiel Film

By Anka Schmid

Isa Hesse Rabinovitch

The Swiss film pioneer Isa Hesse-Rabinovitch followed an unconventional path all of her life. She worked first as an illustrator, then later as a reporter and photographer, always determined to maintain her independence. At the age of fifty she began to make films. Her very first experimental films brought her invitations to international film festivals and were extremely successful abroad. But in the male dominated Swiss film scene of the seventies, she had to fight for recognition of her lyrical work. Support for her playful experimental films was denied to her. Nevertheless, Isa Hesse consistently experimented, daring as a 67-year-old to try the new medium of video. She has left a manifold body of film and video works. Anka Schmid brings us closer to the personality of the artist in the same artistic style: playfully she integrates archive material, clips from the original works and interviews with companions – creating a shimmering and fascinating portrait of this extraordinary artist.

Isa Hesse Rabinovitch


Introductory film: Spiegelei
By Isa Hesse-Rabinovitch

Switzerland, 1969, 6min. DVD
Cinematography: Ernst Berci, Isa Hesse-Rabinovitch
Original music composed by: Guy Maget

  Isa Hesse-Rabinovitch – The Movie Game
Switzerland 2009, 52min. Video
German. Subtitles: English

Screenplay: Anka Schmid
Cinematography: Daniel Leipert, René Baumann
Sound: Olivier Jean Richard
Editing: Marina Wernli
Production: Franziska Reck for Reck Filmproduktion GmbH, Schweizer Fernsehen, Radiotelevisione Svizzera di Lingua Italiana, 3sat
Distribution: Reck Filmproduktion GmbH

Anka Schmid was born in Zurich in 1961 and studied at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie in Berlin from 1984 till 1990. In 1988 she spent a year in Hopiland (USA) in order to film and edit Techqua Ikachi. Since 1991 Schmid has been working as a director and writer of films, documentaries and commisioned films in Switzerland and Germany.