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The Foster Boy (2011)

103min   |   Swiss German   |   Directed by: Markus Imboden    |   Script: Plinio Bachmann   |   Production: Peter Reichenbach (C-FILMS AG)   |   Coproduction: Bremedia Production, SRF, Degeto, BR, SWR, ARTE

"The Foster Boy" is the story of the orphan Max (Max Hubacher). His biggest dream is to be part of a "real family" - and in fact it seems to be coming true: Max is hired out to the Bösiger family on the Dunkelmatte. Instead of getting love and recognition, he is treated like a workhorse by his foster parents and humiliated by their son Jakob (Max Simonischek) out of jealousy. Playing the accordion is the only thing that nobody can take from him. Here he draws courage and the little bit of self-respect necessary to survive. 

Happiness is short-lived, however.


  • Festroia Festival Internacional de Cinema, Setubal 2012 - Best Actor Max Hubacher

  • Film art fair Leipzig 2012 - audience award

  • Berlin International Film Festival “Berlinale”, 2012 - Swiss Shooting Star Max Hubacher

  • Swiss Film Award “Quartz” 2012 - Best Actor Max Hubacher

  • Swiss Film Award “Quartz” 2012 - Best performance in a supporting role Stefan Kurt

  • Swiss TV Award “Rose d'or” 2012 - Best Feature Film

  • Prix Walo 2012 - Best Feature Film



  • Swiss Film Prize “Quartz” 2012 - Best Feature Film

  • Swiss Film Award “Quartz” 2012 - Best Screenplay

  • Swiss Film Award “Quartz” 2012 - Best Film Music

  • Swiss Film Award “Quartz” 2012 - Best Actress Lisa Brand

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