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based on a novel by Silvia Tschui

In 1869, the musically gifted Swiss maid Elsie dreams of a career as a violinist in Florence; the horseman Jakob talks about his own horse and his existence as a haulage contractor. Together, but not together, they end up stranded in Finstersee, forced into marriage. An increasingly bitter battle for one's own future begins.


With her diploma project directing at the HfS Ernst Busch, Sophie Bischoff takes us into the heart of an everlasting conflict, into the heart of the Swiss mountains - with music and dialect, but without folklore. A modern fairy tale about intergenerational violence, dealing with strangers, homesickness and wanderlust - with live music and cows!

In the novel on which it is based, Silvia Tschui tells, in sonorous dialect-tinged language, a timeless relationship story of two people who are trying to break out and rise - fatefully bound together, even though their ambitions contradict each other in the most cruel way. In a hostile environment, their dreams become a poison from which they become incurably ill.

"Früener", they say in the village, Finstersee was still called Grüensee and the lake was as friendly as the villagers. People stopped for a chat after church, met in the inn, helped out: village idyll with "Chüe" and meadows full of “Chrottenpöschen”. But that was before the cows gave gray milk and the curse spread further into the larger cities through cheese wheels and embroidery. And before history repeated itself in such a shocking way.
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Dates
May 2024
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