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ZWISCHENSAISON/HORS SAISON (OFF SEASON), 1992

"If Stanley Kubrick set nightmares in the Overlook Hotel, Daniel Schmid has only the happiest magical memories to animate his grand hotel nestled in the Swiss Alpes. Hors Saison is an unabashed cinematic circus populated by a Fellini-like cast of caricatures. It is irony and good humour make it high-class, entertainment for family audiences as well as the director's art house fans. "
Variety

 
Production: Marcel Hoehn, T & C Film Zurich ; Pierre Grise Production, Paris; Metropolis Film, Berlin
Director: Daniel Schmid
Screenplay: Daniel Schmid and Martin Suter
Photography: Renato Berta
Sound: Barbara Flückiger, LucYersin
Art director: Raúl Girnenez
Make-up: Thomas Nellen
Costumes: Mirielle Robault
Music: Peer Raben
Editing: Daniela Roderer
Cast: Sami Frey, Maria Maddalena Fellini, Ingrid Caven, Andréa Ferréol, Arielle Dombasle, Marisa Peredes, Maurice Garel, Dieter Meier, Ulli Lommel, Carlos Devesa, Irene Olgiati, Géraldine Chaplin
 
 
Swiss director Daniel Schmid grew up in a hotel in the Swiss Alps, one very much like the fictional hotel he portrays in 'OFF SEASON', raised by his widowed mother and grandmother. 'OFF SEASON' re-imagines this grand edifice, drenched in a child's fantasy, as his adult narrator (Sami Frey) flashes back to the colorful and mysterious happenings he was privy to. The boisterous grandmother, played with personality by Federico Fellini's sister Maddalena, is the center of a story that has all the intricacy of a Chinese box. Characters include an anarchist assassin (Geraldine Chaplin) the legendary actress Sarah Bernhard (Marisa Paredes), a magician (Ulli Lommel), a pair of torch singers, and assorted dazzling and seductive women who prowl the corridors with late-night business. Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Reader wrote, "One of the nicest as well as most personal of the movies of Daniel Schrnid is this semiautobiographical reverie, Fellini-like in a good sense."
"If Stanley Kubrick set nightmares in the Overlook Hotel, Daniel Schmid has only the happiest magical memories to animate his grand hotel nestled in the Swiss Alpes. Hors Saison is an unabashed cinematic circus populated by a Fellini-like cast of caricatures. It is irony and good humour make it high-class, entertainment for family audiences as well as the director's art house fans."
Variety
 
 
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