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Scene from THE MURDER FARM (photo © Tom Trambow/Wueste Film West)

Deep within a blue-black fir forest lies the secluded murder farm. It was here that the entire Danner family, including their children and the new servant, were brutally murdered with a pickaxe. No one in the village heard or saw a thing, and yet no one was surprised: old man Danner was a tyrant and a miser who fell out with everyone in the village; his deeply pious wife spoke to no one; and they say old Danner fathered the children of his daughter Barbara...

Two years later, when the 26-year-old nurse Kathrin turns up in the village, the killer has still not been found. She soon discovers that behind the tightly woven web of lies and silence lays a deep sense of guilt in the village and she realizes that this case has much more to do with her than she would have liked to admit...

Bettina Oberli was born in 1972 in Interlaken/Switzerland. She studied Film & Video at the School of Art and Design Zurich (HGKZ) from 1995 to 2000, graduating with a degree in Directing. She worked in New York as a prop assistant with the actor and director Steve Buscemi on a music video for Lou Reed and with Hal Hartley on his feature film Henry Fool. She also worked as an AD and assistant cinematographer on various advertising films and was a casting assistant for Swiss television. In 2004, she received the International Lake Constance Conference’s Subsidiary Award. After several award-winning short films, her first feature-length film Im Nordwind (2004) celebrated its premiere in the same year at the San Sebastian Film Festival. The film received the Zurich Film Award, the NDR Director’s Award in Schwerin and was nominated for the Swiss Film Award for Best Film. Her second feature film Late Bloomers (Die Herbstzeitlosen, 2006), about four high-spirited, fun-loving retired women who bring chaos to a sleepy village, became the biggest box office success of the year in Switzerland and was also a surprise number one audience favorite in Germany.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Bettina Oberli
Screenplay Petra Lueschow
Cinematography Stéphane Kuthy
Michael Schaerer
Johan Soederqvist
Christiane Krumwiede
Cast Filip Peeters, Gundi Ellert, Vitus Zeplichal, Lisa Kreuzer, Brigitte Hobmeier, Janina Stopper, Volker Bruch, Monica Bleibtreu, Julia Jentsch, Nils Althaus
Producers Hejo Emons, Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel, Kristina Löbbert
Co-Producers Martin Moszkowicz, Christof Neracher
Production Company Wüste Film West/Cologne, in co-production with Constantin Film Produktion, Hugofilm Productions
Length 97 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Montreal 2010 (In Competition), Tallinn Black Nights 2010, Sitges 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BAK Schweiz, Zuercher Filmstiftung, Swiss Television, Idée Suisse
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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