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Switzerland, Germany, 2018, 116 min.


Nicole Vögele




Taskovski Films


Stefan Sick


Beauvoir Films

Mr. Kuo and his wife Mrs. Lin hold a night eatery where they cook for the city’s sleepless. They work all night and sleep during the day. Their eatery is a pit stop, a place of refuge. For taxi drivers, shop owners, for a tattoo artist next door. For families and young lovers. For a street dog awaiting his owner’s return. One morning, riding back from the market, Mr. Kuo takes a different exit on the highway and journeys to the sea… The film is a cinematographic meditation on the in-between moments – a kaleidoscopic journey that relies on colours and sensations.

Locarno IFF (Switzerland) – "Cineasti del presente" Competition
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Nicole Vögele

Born in 1983 in Gretzenbach, Switzerland. Has been working as a journalist and reporter for several programs for the Swiss Television (SRF). In 2010 enrolled at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg to study documentary. There she directed her first short documentary Mrs Loosli, which was awarded at “Visions du Réel” IFF in 2013. Her essay film Nebel premiered in 2014 at Berlin IFF and was shown at various international film festivals.

Selected filmography

2014 Nebel

2013 Mrs Loosli