In German and Swiss-German with English subtitles.*
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WEST COAST PREMIERE
Heidi is one of the most beloved and best-selling books ever written. Director Alain Gsponer’s fresh take on this classic tale conjures everything that is magical about the precocious orphan girl who is sent to live with her mysterious grandfather (Bruno Ganz, Downfall) in the Swiss Alps. When Heidi is whisked away by her aunt to a posh house in the city, her worldview expands rapidly. A term of Heidi’s lodging and education is that she is expected to provide companionship to Clara, the lonely, wheelchair-bound daughter of this well-to-do family. This is hardly a chore since goofing around with her new friend is decidedly fun, and Heidi is up for adventure. Ultimately, she finds herself caught between her friendship with Clara, and longing for the freedom of mountain life. With cinematically striking and bucolic landscapes, grand sets, and lush costumes, Heidi is an epic tale of friendship, family, and following your instincts.
Recommended for ages 9+
Themes: trusting yourself, accessibility, friendship, economic disparity, social and emotional development, nature, grief
Advisory: some mildly coarse language
Trailer (English subtitles): TBA
Trailer (original language)