It’s training time at the Zetra stadium in Sarajevo. 10-year-old Mujo misses his penalty kick. The ball flies over the goal and disappears among the tombstones of the graveyard that replaced the sports grounds during the war. “Go search among the Christians!” some of his playmates yell. “Seek among the Muslims!” others snicker. Searching for the ball, Mujo wanders in the kingdom of the dead...
Ursula Meier was born in Besançon, France, in 1971. French-Swiss, studied at the IAD in Belgium. The success of her shorts enabled her to pursue an independent career. After the documentaries Around Pinget and Not the Cops, not the Blacks, not the Whites, she directed Strong Shoulders, a TV film for ARTE which met with great acclaim. Home, her cinema début, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week in 2008 and received awards at many film festivals. She wrote her film Sister for young Kacey Mottet Klein, Isabelle Huppert’s son in Home. Sister received a Silver Bear Special Award at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.
Bande à part Films
Bande à part Films is the name Ursula Meier, Lionel Baier, Jean-Stéphane Bron and Frédéric Mermoud chose for their production company founded in 2009. The company produces feature films and creative documentaries for television and cinema both on a local and an international level.
L’Enfant d’en Haut (Sister) by Ursula Meier, coproduced by Vega Film and Archipel 33, received a Silver Bear Special Award at the 2012 Berlin Festival. It was shown all around the world and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Awards.
More recently, the company produced the cinema documentary L’Experience Blocher by Jean-Stéphane Bron and coproduced Lionel Baier’s film Les Grandes Ondes (À L’Ouest). Both films were presented at the Locarno Film Festival and released in theatres in the fall of 2013. The new creative documentary by Blaise Harrison, L’Harmonie, which was coproduced by Films du Poisson, was also selected by the Festival del film Locarno.
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