Urs Odermatt's auditions are famous and notorious. When you get his call-back, there’s only a yes or no.
Many say no – stripped, soaked in icy water, slapped in the face in front of the camera. It doesn’t get any worse!
Many say yes! – Finally being challenged; even overwhelmed. That’s why they pursued a career in acting.
Locked in the cage of rapid-fire lines carved in stone, gagged by an unforgiving close-up camera that sees in the eyes the depths of the soul – yet equipped with the utter freedom of thought and acting creativity, over six hundred actors give their all in auditions to secure an unpaid role in an Urs-Odermatt-indie.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Urs Odermatt (born 28 February 1955 in Stans, canton of Nidwalden) is a Swiss film director and author.
After working for several years as a freelance journalist, film critic and photographer, Odermatt trained to be a film director and screenwriter under the two Polish pastmasters Krzysztof KieÅ›lowski and Edward Å»ebrowski. He works in Germany and Switzerland as a director in film, television and theatre. In 1990 he founded the production company Nordwest Film AG with the cameraman Rainer Klausmann.
Odermatt is the son of the Nidwalden photographer Arnold Odermatt and has published his fatherâ€™s work since 1993 (Springer & Winckler Galerie, Berlin; Steidl Verlag, GÃ¶ttingen).
Odermatt lives and works in Windisch in Switzerland.