The Fam
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    The Fam

    Directed by

    Switzerland

    2021

    112 min

    • French
    • Portuguese

    Drama

    “Who are you?” – “The queen of punks, in the land of pain in the ass.”

    Seven girls live under the same roof but haven’t chosen each other, just like a family. Emerging from difficult backgrounds, here in the safe house, the girls find a new community, in a way they’d never experienced before. They are sharing joy and pain, passionately rebel against the shortcomings of their surrounding – the young women’s temperaments are different, their lust for life large, their place in society too precarious for things to be all peace, love and harmony. Home director Lora is always there for them when­­­­­ they need her. Or is it the other way around? La Mif was created in close collaboration with the young actresses, who were involved in developing their characters. Each individual fate is a shard and together they form an iridescent kaleidoscope capable of upending hierarchies. The film sensitively reveals the imperfection of the youth protection system, as well as the fragility of social structures and tenderly questions, what it might actually mean to be part of a family.

    Awards

    • Grand Prix for the Best Film, 14plus Competition - Berlinale

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Fred Baillif
    Cinematography
    Joseph Areddy
    Editing
    Fred Baillif
    Sales
    LATIDO FILMS
    Production
    FRESHPROD

    Press

    Very, very engaging. And once its young protagonists start to talk...one would be mad not to listen.

    Cineuropa

    Fred Baillif

    Fred Baillif

    Switzerland

    Growing up in Switzerland, he had a seven-year career as a professional basketball player before studying social work and working in a youth detention centre. He then moved to New York and was a PA on documentary series during the day while DJ’ing at night. After returning to Switzerland, he made his first documentary, SIDEMAN (2003). Working as a street social worker, he found the protagonists for his next documentary, GEISENDORF (2006), which won several awards. In 2010, he made his first fiction feature film with TAPIS ROUGE (2010). Baillif has developed his own technique for directing non-professional actors. His latest film THE FAM (2021) premiered and was awarded at Berlinale.