The film My Little Sister (Schwesterlein) directed by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond has been submitted by Switzerland to represent the country in the International Feature Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards. The film starring Nina Hoss, Lars Eidinger, along with legendary Swiss actress Marthe Keller celebrated its world premiere in Competition at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival.
Following its premiere in the Berlinale Competition, My Little Sister was screened in the online editions of the festivals in Istanbul and Sidney, as well as at the New Zealand International Film Festival, among others. My Little Sister was included in the EFA Feature Film Selection of the European Film Awards, and both Nina Hoss and Marthe Keller are nominated for the German Screen Actors Award.
Brilliant playwright, Lisa no longer writes. She lives in Switzerland with her family but her heart has stayed in Berlin, beating to the rhythm of her brother’s heart. The ties between the twins have grown stronger since Sven was diagnosed with an aggressive type of leukaemia. He’s a famous theatre actor and Lisa refuses to accept his fate, moving heaven and earth to get him back on stage. She gives her all for her soulmate, neglecting everything else, even risking her marriage.
Additionally, five short films from Switzerland qualify in short film categories of the Academy Awards thanks to their awards at Oscar-qualifying festivals. They include the animation films Kids by Michael Frei, The Lonely Orbit by Benjamin Morard and Frederic Siegel, and Why Slugs Have No Legs by Aline Höchli; as well as the short documentary film All Cats Are Grey In The Dark by Lasse Linder, and the short fiction film 22:47 Line 34 by Michael Karrer. Furthermore, the dance film Out Of Ornidary, produced by the Zurich University of the Arts, is one of the four finalists in the running for the Student Academy Awards in the Alternative/Experimental category.