Isa Hesse-Rabinovitch - Das große Spiel Film (The Movie Game)

Switzerland 2009, Documentary, 52' | Director, Screenplay Anka Schmid | DoP Daniel Leippert, René Baumann | Editor Marina Wernli | Sound Oliver JeanRichard | Music Stefan Wittwer, Guy Maget | Production Reck Filmproduktion

The daughter of Jewish-Russian immigrants, Isa Hesse-Rabinovitch (1917-2003) grew up in Zurich. Shemarried one of Hermann Hesse's sons and had three children. She trained as a graphic designer (like her father), first worked as an illustrator and then as a reporter and photographer.

She started to make films at the age of 52. Her first experimental short films were presented at various international film festivals but on the male-dominated Swiss film scene of the 1970s she had to struggle for her lyrical style to be accepted.

In 1972, she was invited to the First International Women's Film Festival in New York. Three years later, she organised the First International Women's Film Festival in Switzerland. At the tender age of 67, she dared to try out a new medium - video.

Anka Schmid approaches the personality of the Isa Hesse-Rabinovitch in a similar artistic style, playfully incorporating archive material, clips from the works and interviews with friends and eye-witnesses. The result is a scintillating and fascinating portrait of this exceptional woman.

German Premiere


ANKA SCHMID was born in 1961 and has been making experimental films on video and Super 8 since the 1980s. She studied at the German Film & TV Academy in Berlin from 1984 to 1990. In addition to making her own documentaries and feature films, she works as a film director in the field of commissioned and corporate films as well as teaching in the film and video departments at the art & design colleges of Zurich and Lucerne. She lives in Zurich.

Anka Schmid