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Lisa, once a brilliant playwright, no longer writes. She lives with her family in Switzerland, but her heart remains in Berlin, beating in time with that of her twin brother Sven, the famous theatre actor. Since Sven has been suffering from an aggressive type of leukaemia, the relationship between them has become even closer. Lisa does not want to accept this blow of fate, she does everything in her power to bring Sven back on stage. For her soulmate she neglects everything else and even risks losing her husband. Her marriage goes awry, but Lisa only has eyes for her brother, who reflects her deepest longings and awakens in her the desire to be creative, to feel alive again.
Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond
Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond have known each other since their childhood. Both passionate about theatre, they are accomplished actresses and have performed in numerous Swiss and French theatrical productions. They have created many shows as a stage duo as well, and their first step towards cinema was by including video in their plays. This led them to write and direct four short films. One of them, Berlin Backstage, shot in the prestigious Berliner Philharmonie, won a Berlin Today Award (Berlinale 2004).
The duo moved on to write and direct their first feature film, The Little Bedroom, starring legendary French actor Michel Bouquet. Premiered at the Locarno Film Festival 2010, the film was selected to represent Switzerland at the Academy Awards, was honoured with two Quartz at the Swiss Film Award (Best Fiction Film and Best Screenplay) and received multiple awards in international festivals.
Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond have explored the documentary field by directing Evening Class for Adults (2005) and Buffo, Buten & Howard (2009). They also wrote and directed Open Book, a series broadcast in 2014 on Swiss and French Television. This successful experience led them to write a new series, Toxic, currently under development.
In 2018, the duo of Swiss filmmakers joined forces again to direct Ladies, a documentary premiered at Visions du Réel Film Festival and selected by a number of festivals. It was nominated for the Swiss Film Award in the Best Documentary category and has been a box office success in Swiss cinemas.
Born in 1975 in Stuttgart, Nina Hoss studied at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. She then became a member of the Deutsches Theater until 2013. In 2014, she joined the Schaubühne Theatre in Berlin where she’s acted under the direction of Thomas Ostermeier in several plays, among them Bella Figura by Yasmina Reza, The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman and in 2017 Returning to Reims, a monologue by Didier Eribon.
Nina Hoss has been best known in recent years for her outstanding roles in movies and series. In 2007, she received the Silver Bear at the Berlinale for her performance in Yella by director Christian Petzold. Since then, they collaborated in several films: Jerichow (2009), Barbara (Silver Bear, Berlinale 2012) and Phoenix (2014). Nina Hoss also played under the direction of Anton Corbijn (A Most Wanted Man, 2014), Volker Schlöndorff (Return to Montauk, 2017), Katrin Gebbe (Pelican Blood, 2019) and Ina Weisse in The Audition (2019). For her performance in that movie, she received the Silver Shell for Best Actress at the San Sebastian Film Festival 2019. Nina Hoss has also been playing the recurring role of Astrid in the American series Homeland. She just finished shooting the series Shadowplay, together with Michael C. Hall.
Nina Hoss has received many awards, among them the Adolf-Grimme Prize (2003 and 2005), the Bavarian Television Prize (2005) and the Deutsche Filmpreis (2008). In 2019, she was honoured with the Douglas-Sirk Award, given to a personality who has made outstanding achievements within culture and the film industry.
Marthe Keller started her acting career at the Schiller Theater in Berlin. She was then revealed in France in the 1970s with the cult series La Demoiselle d’Avignon and Philippe De Broca’s movies. Following that, she appeared in numerous films with Christopher Franck, Claude Lelouch, Benoît Jacquot, Nikita Mikhalkov… In theatre, she played under the direction of Sami Frey, Patrice Chéreau, Jorge Lavelli.
In the United States, she acted in movies directed by Billy Wilder, John Schlesinger, Clint Eastwood, Sydney Pollack, John Frankenheimer, and her partners have been Al Pacino in Bobby Deerfield, Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man and Marlon Brando in Formula. In 2002, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in Judgment at Nuremberg on Broadway. Also an opera director, she created Francis Poulenc’s Le Dialogue des Carmélites at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg in 1999, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2005.
Recently, she has appeared in After Love by Joachim Lafosse, In a Rush by Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, The Mark of the Angels with Gérard Depardieu and Joey Starr, Breath of Life by David Roux and The Romanoffs, a series created by Mathew Weiner. In January 2012, she was named Knight of the Legion of Honour in France.
She has also played in several Swiss films, including Fragile by Laurent Nègre, for which she won the 2006 Swiss Film Prize (Best Performance in a supporting role). In 2015, she played the lead role in Amnesia by Barbet Schroeder, produced by Vega Film. She recently played alongside Bruno Ganz in The Witness by Mitko Panov, The Holy Family by Louis-Do de Lencquesaing and The Staggering Girl by Luca Guadagnino.
Lars Eidinger was born in Berlin in 1976. He studied drama at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin, in the same class as Nina Hoss. Since 1999, he has been a member of the Schaubühne Theatre in Berlin and plays most of the leading roles in many Thomas Ostermeier productions: Hamlet, Richard III, Hedda Gabler, Demons… Lars Eidinger is also a renowned DJ in Berlin with his Autistic Disco performances that he regularly gives at the Schaubühne.
Since 2005, Lars Eidinger has acted in many movies, among them: Everyone Else by Maren Ade (Silver Bear at the Berlinale 2009), Home for the Weekend by Hans-Christian Schmid (2011), Goltzius and The Pelican Company by Peter Greenaway (2012), Clouds of Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas (2014), Sworn Virgin by Laura Bispuri (2015), Personal Shopper by Olivier Assayas (2016), The Bloom of Yesterday by Chris Kraus (2016), 25 km/h by Markus Goller (2018), High Life by Claire Denis (2018), Proxima by Alice Winocour (2019). He also plays in the successful series Babylon Berlin created by Tom Tykwer, Henk Handloegten and Achim von Borries.
Lars Eidinger has received numerous awards for his performances in theatre and cinema. In 2013, he was awarded Best Actor by the German Film Critics Society for his roles in Tabu and Everyone Else. In 2014, he received the Grimme Prize for the TV movie Border Walk. In 2016, he was awarded the Best Actor Award for his role as Hamlet at the Teheran Fadjr Theatre Festival. In 2018, he received the Ernst Lubitsch Award for his performance in 25 km/h.
Jens Albinus was born in 1954. As an actor, dramatist and director, he’s one of the most independent-minded and uncompromising names in Danish theatre. He trained at the Århus Theatre, where he was employed until 1995 and played many major roles, ranging from Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck to Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. As an actor, he has later worked with several of the Danish leading theatres, and also performed on several occasions in German theatres, including the Volksbühne in Berlin.
He had his breakthrough with cinema audiences as the cult leader ‘Stoffer’ in Lars von Trier’s controversial Dogma film The Idiots (1998). Lars von Trier also directed him in Dancer in the Dark, Nymphomaniac, Dogville, and The Boss of it All. Jens Albinus also played among others in In your Hands by Annette K. Olsen (2004), This is Love by Matthias Glasner (2009), Silent Heart by Bille August (2014) and The Audition by Ina Weisse (2019).
From 2003 to 2006, Jens Albinus played the leading role in the crime series The Eagle, which made him known to German audiences. He also acted in the famous series Deutschland, 83 (2015).
Jens Albinus has received the Lauritzen Prize, the Inge Dam Grant and the Herman Bang Travel Grant, and in 2003 both ‘Bodil’ and ‘Robert’ film awards for Facing the Truth by Nils Malmros.