Switzerland, 2017, 98 min., Director/Screenplay: Lisa Brühlmann, Cast: Luna Wedler, Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen, Regula Grauwiller, Distribution: Be For Films
A reception follows the screening.
- Swiss Film Prize (Best Film, Best Actress, Best Screenplay)
Just before summer vacation, 15-year-old Mia and her parents move to the suburbs of Zürich. Mia has long felt estranged from her parents, and when she asks whether she might be adopted, her mother becomes offended – but she doesn‘t reply. While Mia goes on a wild teenage spree in an attempt to cope with her feelings, her body begins to change in an odd and traumatizing way. First hardly noticeable, these changes eventually manifest as a force that threatens to drive Mia out of her mind. In her despair and confusion, she attempts to numb herself with sex and drugs, hoping to halt the tidal wave that is overwhelming her. But nature is more powerful. Mia’s transformation progresses inexorably, and she turns into the being which has slumbered within her for years… and is now gaining the upper hand.
(b. 1981) staged her first play when she was eight years old. After school she went to Berlin to study acting. Following theatre studies she played a variety of roles in various TV productions and movies in Germany and Switzerland. With a desire to learn more about the process of filmmaking, Lisa studied film at the University of the Arts in Zürich. She now works as a director, writer and actor, and is based in Zürich.