Cyril Schäublin was born in 1984. He comes from a family of watchmakers and grew up in Zurich. He studied cinema in Beijing and Berlin, graduating from the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) in 2012. His first feature film Those Who are Fine (2017) was presented in Locarno and Rotterdam and received several awards and honors, including an invitation to the New Directors / New Films at the MoMA in New York, the award for best film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018 and a nomination for the European Film Awards 2018 in the European Discovery category. In 2018, Those Who are Fine won the Zurich Film Award. Unruehis is his second feature film.
A valley in Northwestern Switzerland, 1872. Josephine works in a watch factory where she produces the axis of unrest, a minute piece causing the swing in the center of the mechanical watch. Having difficulties to pay her communal taxes, she soon grows uneasy with the organization of work and possession in the village and its factory, and joins the anarchist worker movement of the local watchmakers, the Fédération Jurassienne. There she meets Piotr Kropotkin, a moony Russian traveller. On a walk through the woods, Josephine and Piotr ask themselves: are not time, money and the government all but fictions?