21st Festival Films


© Matthias Fleischer bvk
© Matthias Fleischer bvk

Sun. Feb. 5, 2017 10:00 A.M.
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
Northern California Premiere
105 mins. Switzerland, Germany (2015). DCP Projection. German and Swiss German w/ English subtitles.
Director: Alain Gsponer
Starring: Anuk Steffen, Bruno Ganz, Quirin Agrippi, Isabelle Ottmann, Anna Schinz, Katharina Schüttler
Screenplay: Petra Volpe
Cinematography: Matthias Fleischer
Editor: Michael Schaerer
Producers: Lukas Hobi, Reto Schaerli, Uli Putz, Jakob Claussen
U.S. Distributor: Film Movement, New York City

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The most successful Swiss film in Swiss box office history and winner of the 2016 German Film Award for Best Children's Film: Orphan girl Heidi spends the happiest days of her childhood together with her eccentric grandfather, cut off from the outside world in a simple cabin in the Swiss mountains. Together with her friend Peter, she tends to grandfather's goats and enjoys freedom in the mountains to the fullest. But these carefree times come to an abrupt end when Heidi is taken to Frankfurt by her Aunt Dete. The idea is for her to stay with the family of the wealthy Mr. Sesemann and be a playmate for his wheelchair-bound daughter Klara, while also learning to read and write under the supervision of the strict nanny, Fräulein Rottenmeier. Although the two girls soon become friends and Klara's grandmother awakes a passion for her books in Heidi, her longing for her beloved mountains and her grandfather grows ever stronger.

Swiss Window is presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

With additional support from the United Swiss Societies of Northern California Cultural Committee.