Jela Hasler

Writer-director

Switzerland

Jela studied photography in Zurich and Istanbul, and cinema in Lucerne.
With a background in documentary and experimental cinema, she’s made several short films that were shown at festivals like Locarno, IDFA, Hot Docs etc. Her first fictional short ÜBER WASSER premiered at Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2021. The same year, LES NOUVELLES ÈVES was released in Swiss cinemas, a documentary she co-directed with five other filmmakers.
She’s been a resident at Cité des Arts Paris, and is an alumna of ZFF Masterclass, GIFF New Talent Screens and FEST Training Grounds. She is a board member of the Swiss short film association Pro Short as well as the Swiss directors’ and screenwriters’ association ARF/FDS.
Jela is currently developing her first feature, TO PUT OUT ONE FIRE, as well as her next short film LA GRAVIDITÉ.

Project

To put out one fire

Anna wants to do everything right: not exclude or discriminate against anyone, protect nature through her job as an environmental engineer with the city, keep up with her friends politically. In an attempt to prove her political awareness, she gets tangled up in her own convictions.
A story about the desperate search for harmony, absurdities caused by a stubborn will, and the love of trees.