Section: Panorama

Heidi (2015) 8

Switzerland, Germany | 2015 | 105 min.

The young orphan girl Heidi spends the happiest days of her childhood with her grandfather, Almöhi, in a simple wooden cabin in the Swiss Alps. She and her friend Peter herd goats and enjoy the freedom of the mountains. But these happy and carefree days end when Heidi’s Aunt Dete takes her to the large German city of Frankfurt. Now she is to live in the house of the well-to-do Herr Sesemann and become a playmate for his daughter Klara, who is confined to a wheelchair. In addition, she has to learn to read and write under the watchful and strict eyes of the nanny, Fräulein Rottenmeier. But Heidi longs for her beloved mountains, her grandfather Almöhi, his goats and her friend Peter...

CountrySwitzerland, Germany
Duration105 min
SubtitleSimultanneous translation into
Directed by Alain Gsponer
Screenplay Johanna Spyri, Petra Biondina Volpe
Director of Photography Matthias Fleischer
Music Niki Reiser
Edited by Mike Schaerer
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Alain Gsponer (1976) is a German-Swiss screenwriter and film director. He briefly pursued audio visual studies at a school of design in Berne and has worked as a journalist. He later graduated in directing at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg with the short drama Kiki & Tiger (2003). He made his feature film debut with the successful Rose (2005), then went on to direct Bumm! (2006), Lila, Lila (2009), Grüninger's Fall (Akte Grüninger, 2013) and The Little Ghost (Das kleine Gespenst, 2013). He also works in TV.