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Make way for the Robber Girls


Make way for the Robber Girls

Swiss director Carla Lia Monti has finished shooting her first feature film Robber Girls (Räuberinnen), a very loose adaptation of the Friedrich Schiller play The Robbers, which in turn inspired the Verdi opera I Masnadieri (The Bandits).

Described as a freaky fable that promises to mix kitsch and girl power, the irreverent adaptation casts the leads as two sisters – rather than the two male siblings of the original – who have various adventures involving characters ranging from bishops to prostitutes (sometimes at the same time).

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The screenplay was written by Monti in collaboration with Thomas Hess (Breakout [+see also:
film profile
) and TV writer and script consultant Martin Muser.

The film, a co-production between Switzerland and Luxembourg, stars Swiss actresses Nina Buehlmann and Cynthia Coray as the sisters and 2007 Swiss Shooting Star Nils Althaus as the lover of Buehlmann’s character. The band of robber girls consists of Swiss actresses Sabine Timoteo, Céline Wenger and Mathis Künzler and Luxembourg actresses Myriam Muller and Sasha Ley, both former Shooting Stars as well.

The film wrapped a two-month shoot in Switzerland and Luxembourg last week and should be ready for delivery by the end of the year. Robber Girls is produced by Samir for Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion in co-production with Paul Thiltges Distribution Luxembourg (line producer: David Grumbach).

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