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by Michael Schaerer


Lina starts in the present, the present-day reality of a woman of about sixty who lives in relative isolation in her farm in Bern. One day she suddenly receives a visit from two strangers who turn out to be her son Daniel, who she only saw very briefly when he was born over 40 years ago, and her niece. This encounter triggers a tsunami of memories she thought she had buried forever. She gave birth to her son in prison where she was forced to give him up to avoid giving him a life “on the margins of society”. But what did Lina do that was so bad that it put her behind bars? Well, the atrocious crime she was found guilty of was being in love with the wrong boy (too prominent, too rich) at a time when the wind of change of 1968 started to blow across trouble-free Switzerland. Once the administrative machine started turning, there was no stopping it. The victim of an administrative internment aimed at re-educating her after her so-called “depraved behaviour”, Lina finds herself completely abandoned, confused and humiliated. For the first time in her life, our brave protagonist can finally “spill the beans”, thus freeing herself of a burden that has threatened to destroy her all these years. 

international title: Lina
original title: Lina
country: Switzerland
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Michael Schaerer
film run: 90'
release date: CH 21/02/2016, DE 20/11/2016
screenplay: Jan Poldervaart
cast: Manuela Biedermann, Fabian Krüger, Rabea Egg, Mona Petri, Elisabeth Niederer, Flurin Giger
cinematography by: Michael Saxer
film editing: Wolfgang Weigl
costumes designer: Rudolf Jost
producer: Anne Walser
production: C-Films
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