The Fam

  • Frédéric Baillif
  • Switzerland
  • 2021
  • 110'
  • La Mif

A group of teenage girls from troubled backgrounds are placed in a house where they live alongside social workers. In the safe space of the home, the girls build a new community in a way they have not yet experienced. As they share their happiness and pain, they passionately speak out against the negative aspects of their new environment. They have divergent personalities, they are hungry for life and their position in society is too uncertain for everything to run smoothly. The home’s director, Lora, is always there for them – or perhaps it is the other way around. The film premiered at Berlinale.

Subtitles: EN, HR

Frédéric Baillif

After a seven-year professional basketball career, he started studying social work and working in a youth detention centre. He then moved to New York and was a PA on documentary series The It Factor and a DJ at night. After returning to Switzerland, he made his first documentary, Sideman. His next documentary, Geisendorf, won several awards. Baillif has developed his own technique for directing non-professional actors.

The Fam

Frédéric Baillif
Frédéric Baillif
Claudia Grob, Anaïs Uldry, Kassia Da Costa, Amélie Tonsi, Amandine Golay, Joyce Ndayisenga, Charlie Areddy, Sara Tulu
Joseph Areddy
Frédéric Baillif
Agnès Boutruche, Véronique Vergari, Frédéric Baillif
Freshprod, RTS
Festivals & Awards
Berlin Int'l Film Festival 2021; BFI London Film Festival 2021; Valladolid Int'l Film Festival 2021; Zurich Film Festival 2021 – Best Film in Focus Competition, Zurich Churches Film Prize; Shanghai Int'l Film Festival 2021

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