// Presented as part of December's The Future is Female (Directors) II Series //
Ursula Meier / Berlin, Athens, BFI London, Cabourg, Chicago, Denver, FNC - Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Fünf Seen, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kiev, Ljubljana, Locarno, Monterrey, Moscow, New Horizons Wroclaw, Seville, Stockholm, Tallinn, Taipei, Tübingen, Vienna / 97'
At the very edge of adolescence, Simon lives with his sister Louise in a Swiss valley beneath a large mountain range. His sister doesn't seem capable of holding down a job, or a boyfriend, so Simon is left to fend for himself. Each day he makes the commute to a luxury ski resort at altitude, pilfering top ski gear from unsuspecting tourists, which he then sells to dealers down below. While Simon's efforts manage to put food on the table, soon enough one of the resort's seasonal workers has caught onto his scheme, threatening to disrupt the equilibrium between survival and petty crime that underpins Simon's precarious existence.
Filmed in a vérité-style and featuring galvanizing performances by Kacey Mottet Klein and Léa Seydoux, Sister lays bare the contrasts between the opulent world of Switzerland's well-to-do and that society's margins, who live in perpetual scarcity. Ursula Meier's second feature premiered at Berlin, where it won a Silver Bear; Hawaii, where it won Best Actor; Seville, where it won Best Cinematography; and Ljubljana, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize.