Swiss Selection: My Wonderful Wanda (Wanda, mein Wunder)
Friday, November 19, 7:30 pm
Landmark's E Street Cinema
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Switzerland, 2021, 111 min., Director: Bettina Oberli, Screenplay: Cooky Ziesche, Bettina Oberli, Cast: Agnieszka Grochowska, Marthe Keller, André Jung, Birgit Minichmayr, Production: Zodiac Pictures
• Swiss Film Awards 2021: Nominated, Best Feature Film (Bettina Oberli)
• Solothurn Film Festival 2021: Nominated in Panorama category
• Tribeca Film Festival 2020: Nominated, international competition; Special Jury Mention, Nora Ephron Award
• Schnitt-Preis (Film Editing Award) 2021: Nominated for Best Editing in a Feature Film (Kaya Inan)
Winner of awards at Tribeca and Vancouver, My Wonderful Wanda is a delightful satire of the haves and the have-nots, set against the backdrop of a gorgeous lakeside villa in Switzerland. At the story’s center is Wanda: a caretaker who has left her own small children in Poland to look after Josef, the stroke-ridden patriarch of the wealthy Wegmeister-Gloor dynasty. Wanda is adept in navigating the tricky family dynamics between Josef's two grown (though still childish) offspring and the elegant albeit controlling matriarch Elsa - along with the sporadic intervention of animals, stuffed or alive. But an unexpected turn of events turns everything upside down. While My Wonderful Wanda exposes present-day realities of class injustice, thanks to writer-director Bettina Oberli’s empathetic lens, it is nevertheless a very human comedy.
Bettina Oberli grew up in Samoa and Meiringen in Switzerland and lives as a writer/director in Zurich. She graduated from the Zurich University of the Arts. This was followed by various assistantships in New York and Berlin. Her short and long feature films have been shown at festivals around the world and have been shown in cinemas in various countries. Her well recognized debut film Im Nordwind premiered 2004 at the San Sebastian international Filmfestival and has been awarded with several prices. Her most successful film to date was Late Bloomers (2006), which still remains among the top three Swiss feature films of all time.In 2018, she premiered her first French-language film Le vent tourne at the Locarno Film Festival. Oberli also makes music videos and short films. In 2013, she showed her first stage production at the Theater Basel with Anna Karenina. She is also an opera director. My Wonderful Wanda (2020) is her sixth feature film.
This film is appropriate for audiences over 18. The film is subtitled in English.
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