Beresina oder die letzten Tage der Schweiz

Beresina oder die letzten Tage der Schweiz

Director: Daniel Schmid Cast: Yelena Panova, Geraldine Chaplin, Martin Benrath

DVD (Wide Screen)


A naive girl's love for Switzerland is put to the test in this satiric comedy. Irina (Yelena Panova) is a woman from Russia who all her life has always been fascinated by Switzerland and longs to live there some day, though her notion of Swiss life has more to do with Heidi and old movies set in the Alps than reality. So when fashion designer Charlotte De (Geraldine Chaplin) and lawyer Alfred Waldvogel (Ulrich Noethen) offer Irina a chance to live in Switzerland and gain the Swiss passport she's always dreamed of, she leaps at the chance. Never mind that she's actually working for them as a prostitute, catering to the sexual appetites of the slimier members of the Swiss upper crust -- she's simply delighted to be there and nothing bothers her a bit. However, just as Irina's about to gain her cherished passport, her "sponsors" decide she's outlived her usefulness and send her back home. She responds by blowing the whistle on Charlotte and Alfred, which in turn sends a shock wave through the nation's social and political foundations. Beresina was noted for its barbed wit, clever production design, and a fine comic performance by Yelena Panova when it was screened in the "Un Certain Regard" category at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2007
UPC: 0891640001386
Original Release: 1999
Source: Cinequest
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:48:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yelena Panova Irina
Geraldine Chaplin Charlotte De
Martin Benrath Sturzenegger
Ulrich Noethen Alfred Waldvogel
Ivan Darvas Vetterli
Marina Confalone Benedetta
Stefan Kurt Burki
Hans-Peter Korff Tschanz
Joachim Tomaschewsky Von Gunten

Technical Credits
Daniel Schmid Director
Karl Baumgartner Producer
Renato Berta Cinematographer
Kathrin Brunner Production Designer
Carl Hanggi Score Composer
Marcel Hoehn Producer
Birgit Hutter Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniela Roderer Editor
Michael Seeber Producer
Heinz Stussak Producer
Luc Yersin Sound/Sound Designer

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