Ursula Meier’s “Sister” on the road to success at home and abroad
Ursula Meier is one of this year’s discoveries in European auteur cinema: her film, which was honoured with a Silver Bear at the Berlinale, is running at cinemas in 16 countries in Europe, in Australia, Brazil, Israel, Canada, Korea and in the USA. Film festivals throughout the entire world are scrambling to get Ursula Meier’s second fiction film as well: following Berlin, Hong Kong and Istanbul, “Sister” will be the closing night film on the programme of the 14th BAFICI Independent Film Festival in Buenos Aires and will open the 13th Jeonju International Film Festival in Korea on April 26.
The film is a coproduction between Vega Film in Zurich and Archipel 35 Film in France. It has been showing on screens in France under the original title “L’enfant d’en haut” since April 18: in 21 cinemas in Paris and 71 cinemas throughout all of France. The daily newspaper “Le Monde” devoted a full-page article with the heading “A black sheep in white snow,” describing it as a “successful parable” about the stark contrast in realities in Switzerland. In French-speaking Switzerland, some 27,500 viewers have already seen “L’enfant d’en haut,” launched by the Swiss distribution firm Filmcoopi on April 4. The film’s theatrical release in German-speaking Switzerland is scheduled for April 26.
Parallel to the premiere in German-speaking Switzerland, “Sister” will be released in cinemas next week in Belgium and in Brazil, and thereafter in Italy on May 11. It will be launched in Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Croatia, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, Slovenia, Spain and Hungary in the second half of the year. Theatrical releases in Denmark, Israel, North America, Australia and Korea are also being planned. “Sister” has already been invited to twelve film festivals on four continents.
Zurich, April 20, 2012