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Directed by Alain Gsponer

Germany, Switzerland, South Africa 2016 105 mins. In German

Johanna Spyri’s classic children’s novels return to the screen for a new generation. Our heroine Heidi is sent to live with her cantankerous grandfather in the mountains of Switzerland after the death of her parents, only to have her world turn upside down once more, when she is dispatched to Frankfurt by her aunt. As he tells the story of Heidi, Gsponer allows us to see the hardships of nineteenth-century life, while celebrating the fresh air and magical landscape of the Swiss mountains. This is a timeless story of knowing who you are and remaining true to yourself, no matter where you might be. In German with English subtitles. Best Children’s Film, German Film Awards.

Sponsored by the Lamb-Baldwin Foundation

Review: Hollywood Reporter

Filmography: The Little Ghost (2013), My Words, My Lies – My Love (2009), Life Actually (2006), Rose (2005)



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