play – Don't play

A documentary by Manfred Ferrari. With Bruno Cathomas and Jürg Kienberger


Jürg Kienberger and Bruno Cathomas are two of the most important actors on German-speaking stages. What unifies them, is their Swiss and Grison Background, at the time a burden and a rich fund. Jürg Kienberger, the shy musician, who grew up in the 5-star Hotel Waldhaus in Sils Maria near St. Moritz finds inspiration in his miraculous childhood. Bruno Cathomas, the wild beast, struggles with his narrow minded catholic background. Both aquire power from their past. They started their career as a sort of american dream and are now playing on the most important stages in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

"Play! Don't Play!" follows Jürg Kienberger and Bruno Cathomas on several productions, where the actors open themselves and share true emotions. thereby, the film shows what drives the two antithetic actors and how far theatre can go.


Cast and Crew

Director of photography: Pierre Mennel, Tanja Trentmann
Sound: Thomas Gassmann, Patrick Becker, Thomas Kühn
Editing and production: Hercli Bundi
Production TvR / SF DRS: Mariano Tschuor und Thomas Beck


Supported by Ars Rhenia Stiftung zur überregionalen Förderung von Kunst und Kultur, Promoziun da la cultura Chantun Grischun, Familien-Vontobel-Stiftung, Biblioteca Engiadinaisa, Succès Passage Antenne


A documentary by Manfred Ferrari
Digibeta, 52 Minutes, a Coproduction with SF DRS, Televisiun Rumantscha TvR, Klanghotel,
© 2005 Mira Film
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