Berlinale 2012: Swiss films in competition
Swiss director Ursula Meier will participate in the International Competition of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival (February 9-19, 2012) with her second feature-length film for cinema “L’enfant d’en haut” and is thus in the running for a coveted award at the Berlinale. Alice Schmid’s documentary film “Die Kinder vom Napf” – with a successful launch in Swiss cinemas – will open the Generation Kplus Competition, which is also a part of Berlinale’s official programme. Other highlights from Switzerland are in the running for screenings in the Panorama and Forum sections. The final selections for these sections will be announced at the beginning of February.
After her notable success with "Home" in the Critics' Week section at the film festival in Cannes in 2008, Ursula Meier has now been selected to compete at the Berlinale with her new film "L'enfant d'en haut," thereby attaining the recognition of one of the most important film festivals in the world. In both films the up-and-coming talent Kacey Mottet Klein - Swiss Film Prize "Quartz 2009" - performs in one of the leading roles, this time with French actress Léa Seydoux (with two nominations for a César), American actress Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files"), British up-and-coming talent Martin Compston and French veteran star Jean-François Stevenin. Ruth Waldburger (Vega Film, Zurich), producer of "L'enfant d'en haut", was honoured with the Silver Bear in Berlin last year with her coproduction "The Turin Horse." The last film by a Swiss director that she presented in competition at the Berlinale was Silvio Soldini's "Brucio nel vento" in 2002.
Alice Schmid's documentary film "Die Kinder vom Napf" will open the Generation Kplus Competition at the Berlinale, which presents a selection of films for children and youth. Alice Schmid accompanied children from a rural village in the canton of Lucerne for 365 days to create this vivid portrayal.
Zurich, January 9, 2012