Under the title SWISS FILM & TALKS the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco presents each month a Swiss film and hosts a conversation after the film with filmmakers and guests relating to the film’s topic.
Our first film, MY LITTLE SISTER, by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond, (Switzerland, 2020, 99 min.) was shown at Berlin & Beyond in Focus on November 21, 2020. The film was followed by a live virtual Q&A with directors Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond, lead actress Nina Hoss, filmmaker Jean de Meuron, and hosted by Swiss Consul General Benedikt Wechsler from the Swiss Residence in San Francisco, as part of SWISS FILM & TALKS. If you missed the live conversation here you can enjoy the recording.
ABOUT MY LITTLE SISTER
Dramas exploring adult brother-sister relationships are rare in cinema. When told well, they resonate in powerful ways. Such is the case with Lisa and Sven in My Little Sister, a graceful tale of a playwright (superbly played by Nina Hoss) and her twin brother, a Berlin-based stage actor (Lars Eidinger). When Sven develops leukemia, the pair bond even more profoundly over their shared passion for theater. –Claudia Puig
SWISS FILM & TALKS schedule:
November 21, 2020 1 PM: My Little Sister (Schwesterlein) by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond (Switzerland, 2020, 99 min.)
December 13, 2020 5 PM: Paradise War – The Story of Bruno Manser (Bruno Manser – Die Stimme des Regenwaldes) by Niklaus Hilber (Switzerland, 2019, 142 min.)
January 2021 (TBA): Needle Park Baby (Platzspitzbaby) by Pierre Monnard (Switzerland, 2020, 98 min.)
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
Stéphanie Chuat & Véronique Reymond
Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond have known each other since their childhood. Both accomplished actresses, their first step towards cinema was by including video in their theatre plays. Their debut film The Little Bedroom premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2010. Starring legendary French actor Michel Bouquet, it won Best Fiction Film and Best Screenplay at the Swiss Film Awards, received numerous prizes in international festivals and was the Swiss submission for the Academy Awards. Chuat and Reymond’s second fiction feature, My Little Sister, starring Nina Hoss, Lars Eidinger, and Swiss icon Marthe Keller, premiered in Competition at the Berlinale 2020. It has been selected for the European Film Award 2020 and is the official Swiss entry for the Academy Awards 2021. It will be released in the US by Film Movement in January 2021.
Born in 1975 in Stuttgart, Nina Hoss studied at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. She then became a member of the Deutsches Theater until 2013. In 2014, she joined the Schaubühne Theatre in Berlin where she acted under the direction of Thomas Ostermeier in several plays, among them, Bella Figura by Yasmina Reza, The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman and in 2017 Returning to Reims, a monologue by Didier Eribon. Nina Hoss has been best known in recent years for her outstanding roles in movies and series. In 2007, she received the Silver Bear at the Berlinale for her performance in Yella by director Christian Petzold. Since then, they collaborated in several films: Jerichow (2009), Barbara (Silver Bear, Berlinale 2012) and Phoenix (2014). Nina Hoss also played under the direction of Anton Corbijn (A Most Wanted Man, 2014), Volker Schlöndorff (Return to Montauk, 2017), Katrin Gebbe (Pelican Blood, 2019) and Ina Weisse (The Audition, 2019). Nina Hoss has also been playing the recurring role of Astrid in the American series Homeland.
Jean de Meuron
Serving as Executive Producer, Jean’s short film, La femme et le TGV (2016), starring the iconic Jane Birkin in the leading role, premiered at the prestigious Locarno Film Festival in the Pardi di domani section. The short was further recognized with an Oscar® nomination at the 89th Academy Awards for Best Live Action Short Film. Jean’s latest film he produced, Megan (2018), an ambitious sci-fi proof of concept, gathered widespread critical acclaim, global press coverage and multiple festival accolades. Megan won Best International Sci-Fi Short at the 2018 London International Short Film Festival. In 2019, Megan was honored with the renowned Telly Award (Silver Winner 40th Annual Telly Awards) in the Online: General-Viral category. The short also won Best Sci-Fi at the 2019 Los Angeles Film Awards and 2019 New York Film Awards. Since 2019, Jean is a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch.