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Switzerland has submitted My Little Sister, a drama about German twins from a theatrical family, as its selection for the best international feature film category at the 2021 Oscars.
The drama stars Nina Hoss and Lars Eidinger, two of Germany’s leading theater and film actors, as twins Lisa and Sven. Lisa was once an acclaimed playwright. Sven is a famous stage actor who is seriously ill. Lisa, whose own artistic ambitions are lived vicariously through her sibling, is desperate to get Sven back on the stage and is willing to risk her own marriage to make it happen.
My Little Sister is the second feature from Swiss actresses and occasional directors Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond (The Little Room). Produced by Ruth Waldburger at Vega Film, it premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.
Film Movement picked up North American rights for the title from world sales group Beta Cinema, which has closed deals for My Little Sister in 10 territories. The movie is set to hit Swiss cinemas in September via Praesens-Film / Vega Distribution and to roll out in Germany and Austria in October via Weltkino.
My Little Sister is one of the first European entries into the 2021 Oscar race, following Poland, which selected Never Gonna Snow Again from director Malgorzata Szumowska as its national contender. Never Gonna Snow Again, a comedic drama featuring Stranger Things actor Alec Utgoff alongside Ida actress Agata Kulesza, will have its world premiere in competition at the Venice International Film Festival next month.
Switzerland has been nominated five times in the past for the international feature Oscar, previously known as best foreign film, and has won twice: for Richard Dembo’s Dangerous Moves in 1984 and in 1990 for Xavier Koller’s Journey of Hope.
Originally scheduled for Feb. 28, 2021, the ceremony for the 93rd Academy Awards has been pushed back due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and will be held on April 25, 2021.
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