Der Verdingbub

Der Verdingbub

Deutschland / Schweiz 2010-2012, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Foster Boy

Between 1800 and the 1950s, Swiss authorities forcefully placed hundred thousands of orphans, illegitimate children and kids from broken homes as labourers on farms. Officially coined as a measure to battle child poverty, this practice eventually instituted a modern form of slavery. Protagonist of the (fictional) story of "Der Verdingbub" is 12-year-old orphan Max, whom the local minister sells for a food basket to the Bösiger family, who own a mountain farm. Max' initial hope of finally finding a loving home is brutally shattered: The farmer and his wife treat Max like livestock, and their son Jacob humiliates and abuses him.

Only the local teacher notices what the child is enduring on the farm. By fostering his musical talent, she tries to encourage Max and teach him self-respect. When Berteli, a 15-year-old girl, is also placed on the farm, her budding friendship with Max leads to a catastrophe.

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Credits

Director:Markus Imboden
Screenplay:Plinio Bachmann
Director of photography:Peter von Haller
Editing:Ursula Höf
Music:Benedikt Jeger
  
Cast: 
Max HubacherMax
Katja RiemannBösigerin
Stefan KurtBösiger
Miriam SteinEsther
Max SimonischekJakob
Lisa BrandBerteli
Andreas MattiHasslinger
Christoph GauglerStörmetzger
Ursina LardiMutter Dürrer
Ernst SigristPolizist
Peter WyssbrodArzt
Hanspeter Müller-DrossartGemeindepräsident
Martin HugWagner
Rebekka C. BurckhardtErzieherin
Heidy ForsterGrossmutter
  
Production company:C-Films AG (Zürich), Bremedia Produktion GmbH (Bremen)
Producer:Peter Reichenbach

All Credits

Director:Markus Imboden
Assistant director:Simon Koller
Script supervisor:Barbara Krieger
Screenplay:Plinio Bachmann
Co-author:Jasmine Hoch
Director of photography:Peter von Haller
Assistant camera:Philipp Tölke, Armin Golisano
Steadycam operator:Armin Golisano
Still photography:Alex Reuter
Lighting design:Michael Beitz
Gaffer:Martin Niklas, Kai Möller
Production design:Nils Tünnermann, Marion Schramm
Art director:Marion Schramm
Set dresser:Doris Baumgartner
Set design:Thérèse Traber (Set Decorator)
Stand-by props:Sara Weingart
Make-up artist:Marc Hollenstein, Barbara Grundmann, Anna Wyrsch-Schiess
Costume design:Claudia Flütsch
Editing:Ursula Höf
Sound:Tom Weber
Sound assistant:Frank Gorgas
Stunt co-ordinator:Marcel Stucki
Casting:Corinna Glaus, Ruth Hirschfeld
Music:Benedikt Jeger
  
Cast: 
Max HubacherMax
Katja RiemannBösigerin
Stefan KurtBösiger
Miriam SteinEsther
Max SimonischekJakob
Lisa BrandBerteli
Andreas MattiHasslinger
Christoph GauglerStörmetzger
Ursina LardiMutter Dürrer
Ernst SigristPolizist
Peter WyssbrodArzt
Hanspeter Müller-DrossartGemeindepräsident
Martin HugWagner
Rebekka C. BurckhardtErzieherin
Heidy ForsterGrossmutter
  
Production company:C-Films AG (Zürich), Bremedia Produktion GmbH (Bremen)
Producer:Peter Reichenbach
Co-Producer:Claudia Schröder
Producer (TV):Bettina Ricklefs, Tamara Mattle
Line producer:Manfred Lenert
Unit production manager:Roland Stebler
Location manager:Nicole Schwizgebel, Lea Maurer (Set)
Shoot:22.09.2010-08.11.2010: Trub (Emmental) und Umgebung, Basel Rheinhafen
Original distributor:Ascot Elite Filmverleih GmbH (Ismaning)
Funding:FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFFB) (München), Zürcher Filmstiftung (Zürich), Bundesamt für Kultur der Schweiz (Zürich)
Length:107 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 26.06.2012, 133577, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Erstaufführung (DE): 01.07.2012, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 25.10.2012

Titles

Originaltitel (DE CH) Der Verdingbub

Versions

Original

Length:107 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 26.06.2012, 133577, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Erstaufführung (DE): 01.07.2012, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 25.10.2012
 

Awards

Bayerischer Filmpreis 2013
Bester Nachwuchsdarstellerin
 
Filmkunstmesse Leipzig 2012
Leipziger Publikumspreis
 
Giffoni Film Festival 2012
La Bottega Digitale Award, Generator +13
 
Schweizer Filmpreis 2012
Bester Darsteller, Nebenrolle
 

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