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Led by Max Hubacher, Switzerland's 2012 Shooting Star award winner, this uncompromising portrait of the appalling practice of taking poor children from their parents and sending them as "contract children" to live with new families who often abused them, was common in Switzerland until the 1950s. One of these "contract children" is the orphan Max, who dreams of being part of a real family, but instead is treated by the poor Bösiger family as little more than an animal. His only refuge is his accordion, which he plays remarkably. The arrival of Berteli, another foster child, triggers a new dynamic of humiliation and suffering between Max and the Bösiger's son, Jakob. Abused by Jakob, Berteli seeks comfort with Max, who tells her about a fantastic land of meat and accordions described by their kind-hearted teacher: Argentina! But despite the teacher's efforts to protect the "foster children," tragedy strikes at the Bösiger farm and Max flees to the land of his dreams.
- Director: Markus Imboden - Screenwriters: Plinio Bachmann, Jasmine Hoch - Cast: Max Hubacher, Katja Riemann, Stefan Kurt, Maximilian Simonischek
Switzerland, Germany (2011), 108 min. (digital projection)
In Swiss German with English subtitles
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Castro Theatre (View)
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114