Vancouver Premiere of "The Foster Boy"
Wednesday February 12th 2014 • 7:15 pm (doors open at 6:45 pm)
in support of unt Leah's Place
Directed by: Markus Imboden
Runtime: 103 minutes
Language: Swiss German with English Subtitles
Bavarian Film Awards 2013
Won Bavarian Film Award Best Young Actress (Darstellernachwuchspreis) Lisa Brand
Swiss Film Prize 2012
Won Swiss Film Prize Best Actor (Bester Darsteller) Max Hubacher
Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Bester Nebendarsteller/Beste Nebendarstellerin) Stefan Kurt
Swiss Film Prize Best Film (Bester Spielfilm) Markus Imboden
Best Actress (Beste Darstellerin) Lisa Brand
Best Screenplay (Bestes Drehbuch) Plinio Bachmann
Best Music (Beste Filmmusik) Benedikt Jeger
Markus Imboden's "The Foster Boy" (Der Verdingbub) is the most successful Swiss film in the last five years.
As harrowing as it is beautiful, this poignant drama is Switzerland’s biggest domestic box office hit to date. Set in the 1950's, it tells the story of an orphan boy named Max who is sent to a foster home when his mother dies, and soon after contracted out to work on a farm. But instead of finding affection and acceptance from the Bosiger family, they treat him as little more than an animal. For Max, playing the accordion is the one thing that is entirely his. It gives him the courage and self-esteem he needs to survive. He also values his friendship with Berteli, another orphan working on the farm. At school the two children learn about Argentina, a country of meat and accordions. It becomes their fantasyland of promise and hope.
PANEL DISCUSSION following the screening!
About Aunt Leah's Place
Aunt Leah’s Place is a registered charity that has been helping kids in foster care and teen moms achieve a better future for over twenty years. Aunt Leah’s Place helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless, and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support them on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training and coaching on essential life skills.
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
Supported by Simon Fraser University’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement
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