My Little Sister - IFFAM - 5th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

My Little Sister
Switzerland | 2020 | 99’ | Colour | German, English | English subtitle | Group: C
Director: Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond

2020/12/07 17:00

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Programmer’s Note

IFFAM Competition Jury member Nina Hoss revels in the opportunity awarded by directors Stephanie Chuat and Veronique Reymond to play opposite another modern German acting icon, Lars Eidinger, and sparks fly between the two in this emotionally charged piece about a renowned actor who is dying of cancer before his time and fighting every inch of the way, taking his twin sister with him on a journey through their lives and what has become of them. This is riveting, can’t-look-away cinema, as each faces a momentous personal reckoning, both separately and together, while the past, represented by their spectacularly self-absorbed mother (Marthe Keller), is never too far away. Moving between Berlin and Switzerland, My Little Sister offers a rare chance to see two actors so in tune with each other’s performances, with Eidinger igniting Hoss on her journey. The result is profoundly moving and provocative, and not just in the ways you might expect.



Lisa was once a brilliant playwright, but she no longer writes. She lives with her family in Switzerland, but her heart remains in Berlin, beating in time with that of her twin brother Sven, a famous theatre actor. When Sven is diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia, the relationship between them becomes even closer. Desperate to get Sven back onto the stage, she neglects everything else in her life and her marriage goes awry. But Lisa only has eyes for her brother, who reflects her deepest longings and awakens in her the desire to be creative, to feel alive again.


Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond

Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond have known each other since their childhood. Both passionate about theatre, they are accomplished actresses and have performed in numerous Swiss and French stage productions. They have created many shows as a stage duo as well, and their first step towards cinema was by including video in their plays. This led them to write and direct four short films and their first feature The Little Bedroom in 2010. Their other documentaries include Evening Class For Adults (2005), Buffo, Buten & Howard (2009) and Ladies (2018). They also wrote and directed Open Book, a series broadcast in 2014 on Swiss and French Television. Their latest narrative film My Little Sister had its world premiere in competition at Berlin in February.

Cast & Crew

Director Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond

Scriptwriter(s) Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond

Producer(s) Ruth Waldburger

Cinematographer Filip Zumbrunn

Production Designer Marie-Claude Lang Brenguier

Editor Myriam Rachmuth

Music Christian Garcia-Gaucher

Costumes Designer Anna Van Brée

Cast Nina Hoss, Lars Eidinger, Marthe Keller, Jens
Albinus, Thomas Ostermeier

Production Companies Vega Film AG


World Sales Beta Cinema GmbH

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