Tremendous international attention for “Der Verdingbub”
“Der Verdingbub” by Markus Imboden

Tremendous international attention for “Der Verdingbub”

With ticket sales approaching nearly a quarter of a million, the drama “Der Verdingbub” ¬–featuring Switzerland’s Shooting Star Max Hubacher in the title role – is not only the most successful Swiss film in the past five years, it is also gathering momentum internationally with screenings at festivals in Portugal, Copenhagen and San Francisco as well as its cinematic release in Germany in October. The fiction films “Mary & Johnny” and “Sennentuntschi” will also be presented in Setubal, Portugal.

Markus Imboden’s award-winning drama “Der Verdingbub” is among the 13 films screened in competition at the 28th Festroia International Film Festival in Setubal, Portugal (September 21-30, 2012). At the same time, the film – featuring Shooting Star Max Hubacher in the title role – will be the only Swiss entry screened at the Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth (September 13-23) and also at the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco (September 27- October 4). On October 25, the film will be released to cinemas in Germany (distributor: Ascot Elite).

European film productions
The festival in the Portuguese coastal city of Setubal focuses on European film productions and independent international filmmaking. Also in the running for an award in Portugal is the fiction film “Mary & Johnny” by Samuel Schwarz and Julian Grünthal, who will present the film personally in the First Works Competition. The award-winning horror film “Sennentuntschi” by Michael Steiner will be presented in the European Thrillers section.

Over the years Swiss fiction films have been regularly invited to participate in competitions at the Festroia Film Festival in Portugal. The following Swiss film productions have been honoured with awards to date: “La petite chambre” (2011); “Der Freund” (2009); and “Wenn der Richtige kommt” (2004).

Zurich, September 20, 2012