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BERESINA, 1999

"Multi-award winning legend, Daniel Schmid, brings his hilarious, new black comedy, BERESINA OR THE LAST DAYS OF SWITZERLAND, to Cinequest in what is sure to be one of the most memorable comedies of the Nineties."
Mike Rabehl

 
Production: Marcel Hoehn, T&C Film Zurich, Pandora Film Köln, Prisma Film Wien
Director: Daniel Schmid
Screenplay: Martin Suter
Photography: Renato Berta
Sound: Luc Yersin
Art director: Kathrin Brunner
Make-up: Thomas Nellen
Costumes: Birgit Hutter
Music: Carl Hänggi
Editing: Daniela Roderer
Cast: Elena Panova, Martin Benrath, Géraldine Chaplin, Ulrich Noehten, Ivan Darvas, Marina Confalone, Stefan Kurt, Hans-Peter Korff, Joachim Tomaschewsky, Teco Cello, Hilde Ziegier, Ivan Desny, Hanspeter Müller, Hubert Kronlechner, Jessica Früh
 
 
Leading Swiss helmer Daniel Schmid applies his wicked sense of humor to the fatherland in "Beresina or the Last Days of Switzerland", a rollicking sociopolitical farce that roasts just about everybody in a position of power. You don't have to be Swiss to enjoy Schmid's scathing indictment of corrupt stuffed shirts or to applaud the irresistible rise to power of a Russian call girl who just wants a Swiss passport. This very funny co-production, based on Martin Suter's tongue-in-cheek screenplay, will earn Schmid new fans. Pic uses black humor to expose Swiss high society as a hypocritical facade hiding secrets from money-laundering to pimping, with the banks involved in absolutely everything.
Variety
 
 
A wacky coup d'etat masterminded by a Russian call girl, in of all places, staid Switzerland, is the subject of Daniel Schmid's black humorous satire on power and its misuses. Turning his fascination with the cult of the diva to advantage, Schmid fashions the upwardly mobile Beresina (Panova) as a smart, good-time girl who just wants a Swiss passport so she can provide a haven for her numerous family back home. Trading on ravenhaired beauty and an entrepreneurial spirit, she climbs the social ladder to become the preferred escort of bankers, generals and highly placed politicians. When her new friends fail to protect her from deportation, Beresina launches a massive assault on the scat of power, utilizing some unique resources.
Barbara Scharres, The Gene Siskal Film Center, Chicago, 2000
 
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Soundtrack
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Titelmelodie (Carl Hänggi)    
Realaudio 1:06 min
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Margritli-Lied (Elena Panova)
Realaudio 1:13 min
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