2015, 105 min, Germany, Dir: Alain Gsponer

Johanna Spyri’s classic novel returns to the screen for a new generation in this German and Bavarian Film Award winner for Best Children’s Film. Sent to live with her gruff and solitary grandfather (Bruno Ganz) in the Swiss Alps, young orphan Heidi (Anuk Steffen) eventually wins the old man over. But just as Heidi grows to love her new home, she is taken away to Frankfurt to serve as a companion to a wealthy, wheelchair-bound girl (Isabelle Ottmann). Gorgeous Alpine vistas are contrasted with authentic depictions of era, underlining Heidi’s resilience and ingenuity in the face of bleak circumstances - this is a timeless story of remaining true to yourself, no matter where you might be.

2013, Frenetic Films, 91 min, Germany, Switzerland, Dir: Bettina Oberli

André (Stefan Kurt) drives a taxi, loves to fly model airplanes and, in his mid-50s, still lives with his mother (Annemarie Düringer), a once-famous actress. While André loves her, he also feels trapped by the occasionally difficult Louise - until an American (Stanley Townsend) turns up at their Zurich home and rouses them from their routines. The humor and ironies of LOVELY LOUISE will ring true for anyone who has ever struggled to balance family ties and personal independence. In Swiss German, German, and English with English subtitles.

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