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Nicole Vögele
Germany 2016 / 60’
Dark Skull How Fernando Pessoa Saved Portugal

How do you make a film about fog? Do you completely immerse everything in an intense white or employ silhouettes of emerging buildings and people? In her astonishing experimental film, Nicole Vögele combines both strategies, putting images into free, sometimes disorienting sequences of associations connected by a capricious dream logic: hills covered with clouds, a sterile observatory, a fluffy white poodle, a disco dance floor drowning in artificial smoke. Finding the key to this film riddle won’t be easy—or perhaps we shouldn’t even look for it at all. Surrendering to her imagination, the Swiss director leads the audience through meanders of colors, textures, industrial sounds and inconspicuous events. Thanks to this visual game of opposites and associations, Fog exudes an atmosphere of mystery that is difficult to penetrate but remains seductive nonetheless. And Vögele is not without a sense of humor: when the fog disappears, she turns her camera on people, who are presented with the warm irony of outsiders living in their own closed-off worlds—as impenetrable as the eponymous fog.

Mariusz Mikliński

Nicole Vögele

Born in Gretzenbach, Switzerland, in 1983, Nicole Vögele is a director and journalist. Since 2002, she has been working in television, which is where she took her first steps as a documentary filmmaker. She studied at the film academy in Baden-Württemberg. After shooting several short films, she made her full-length documentary debut with Fog, which had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2014. Four years later, her second film, Closing Time, was an award winner at Locarno, among other festivals.

Selected filmography

2013 Frau Loosli (doc. short)

2014 Mgła / Nebel / Fog (doc.)

2014 In die Innereien (doc. short)

2018 Godziny zamknięcia / Closing Time (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Nicole Vögele
screenplay Nicole Vögele, Elsa Kremser
cinematography Stefan Sick
editing Hannes Bruun
music John Gürtler
producer Elsa Kremser
production Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
sales Nicole Vögele
language German
colouration colour