Fiction, 97 min.
Coproduction with Swiss director

Title F:L'enfant d'en haut
Title G:Winterdieb

by Ursula Meier

Switzerland / France, February 2012

Simon lives with his older sister in a housing complex below a luxury Swiss ski resort. With his sister drifting in and out of jobs and relationships, 12-year-old Simon takes on the responsibility of providing for the two of them. Every day, he takes the lift up to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from rich tourists to resell to the local kids down in the valley. He is able to keep their little family afloat with his small-time hustles and his sister is thankful for the money he brings in. But, when Simon partners with a crooked British seasonal worker, he begins to lose his boundaries, affecting his relationship with his sister and plummeting him into dangerous territory.


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Directed by: Ursula Meier
Written by: Antoine Jaccoud, Ursula Meier, Gilles Taurand

World Premiere: February 2012
Original Version: French, colour, 35mm, 97 min.


Production: Vega Film AG, Archipel 35, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse
Producer: Ruth Waldburger, Denis Freyd

Cinematography: Agnès Godard
Editing: Nelly Quettier
Location Sound Mix: Henri Maïkoff
Sound Editing: Etienne Curchod
Music: John Parish
Art Direction: Ivan Niclass
Lighting: Jean-Pierre Baronsky
Costumes: Anna Van Brée
Casting: Jeanne Rektorik, Sarah Neumann, Aurélie Guichard

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Kacey Mottet Klein
as Simon 
Léa Seydoux
as Louise 
Martin Compston
as Mike 
Gillian Anderson
as Kristin Jansen 
Jean-François Stévenin
as Le Chef-cuisinier 

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World Sales: Memento Films International

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Distribution Switzerland: Filmcoopi Zürich AG
Distribution Australia: Palace Films
Distribution Austria: Thimfilm GmbH
Distribution Belgium: O'Brother Distribution
Distribution Brazil: Esfera Filmes
Distribution Canada: Axia Films
Distribution Croatia: MCF Mega Com Film
Distribution Denmark: Miracle Film Distribution
Distribution France: Diaphana Distribution
Distribution Germany: Arsenal Filmverleih GmbH
Distribution Great Britain: Soda Pictures / Thunderbird Releasing
Distribution Greece: Seven Films
Distribution Hong Kong: Edko Films
Distribution Hungary: Mozinet
Distribution Iran: Irib Media Trade
Distribution Israel: Shani Films (Lev Cinemas)
Distribution Italy: Teodora Film Distribuzione
Distribution Latin America: Cine Tren
Distribution Luxemburg: O'Brother Distribution
Distribution Norway: Europafilm AS
Distribution Portugal: Midas Filmes
Distribution Russia: Kamer-Ton-Film-Russia
Distribution Slovenia: MCF Mega Com Film
Distribution South Korea: Green Narae Media
Distribution Spain: Karma Films
Distribution Sweden: Folkets Bio AB
Distribution USA: Adopt Films
TV-Rights Japan: Child Film
TV-Rights Poland: SC+ Poland
Distribution Argentina: Ifa Cinema
Distribution Paraguay: Ifa Cinema
Distribution Uruguay: Ifa Cinema

Open / CloseAwards (a selection)

  • Genève, Bundesamt für Kultur, Swiss Film Award, Best Fiction Film 2013
  • Genève, Bundesamt für Kultur, Swiss Film Award, Best Screenplay 2013
  • Genève, Bundesamt für Kultur, Swiss Film Award, Best Actor 2013
  • Genève, Bundesamt für Kultur, Swiss Film Award, Best Screenplay 2013
  • Paris, Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma, César Meilleur espoir masculin 2013 (Nomination)
  • Zürich, Filmpreis Stadt Zürich, Succès Zürich Spielfilm 1. Platz 2013
  • Athens, Athens International Film Festival, The Golden Athena Award 2012
  • Berlin, Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, Silberner Bär - Sonderpreis 2012
  • Bettana-Salé, Festival International du Film de Femmes de Salé, Prix de l'interprétation masculine 2012
  • Cabourg, Festival du Film de Cabourg, Meilleure actrice 2012
  • Copenhagen, Buster Copenhagen International Children's Film Festival, Best Child Actor 2012
  • Copenhagen, Buster Copenhagen International Children's Film Festival, Best Film for Children 2012
  • Denver, Denver Film Festival, Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film 2012
  • Gilching, Fünf Seen Filmfestival, Fünf Seen Filmpreis 2012
  • Ljubljana, Ljubljana International Film Festival, Prix FIPRESCI 2012
  • Marburg, Marburger Kameragespräche, Marburger Kamerapreis 2012
  • Moncton, Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie, Prix La Vague TV5 pour le meilleur longmétrage international (fiction) 2012
  • Sevilla, Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo, Jury Award for Best Cinematography 2012
  • Sevilla, Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo, Eurimages Award for Best Co-Production 2012
  • Trento, Trento Film Festival Montagna-Esplorazione-Avventura, "Luciano Emmer" Critics Award 2012
  • Zürich, Filmpreis Stadt Zürich, Zürcher Filmpreis 2012

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