Der Verdingbub

Deutschland Schweiz 2010-2012 Spielfilm

Summary

The Foster Boy

Between 1800 and the 1950s, Swiss authorities forcefully placed hundred thousands of orphans, illegitimate children and kids from broken homes as labourers on farms. Officially coined as a measure to battle child poverty, this practice eventually instituted a modern form of slavery. Protagonist of the (fictional) story of "Der Verdingbub" is 12-year-old orphan Max, whom the local minister sells for a food basket to the Bösiger family, who own a mountain farm. Max' initial hope of finally finding a loving home is brutally shattered: The farmer and his wife treat Max like livestock, and their son Jacob humiliates and abuses him.

Only the local teacher notices what the child is enduring on the farm. By fostering his musical talent, she tries to encourage Max and teach him self-respect. When Berteli, a 15-year-old girl, is also placed on the farm, her budding friendship with Max leads to a catastrophe.

 

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Credits

Director

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Director of photography

Editing

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Assistant director

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Co-author

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Steadycam operator

Still photography

Lighting design

Production design

Art director

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Stand-by props

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Editing

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Shoot

    • 22.09.2010 - 08.11.2010: Trub (Emmental) und Umgebung, Basel Rheinhafen
Duration:
107 min
Format:
35mm, 1:2,35
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 26.06.2012, 133577, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Erstaufführung (DE): 01.07.2012, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 25.10.2012

Titles

  • Originaltitel (DE CH) Der Verdingbub

Versions

Original

Duration:
107 min
Format:
35mm, 1:2,35
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 26.06.2012, 133577, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Erstaufführung (DE): 01.07.2012, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 25.10.2012

Awards

Bayerischer Filmpreis 2013
  • Bester Nachwuchsdarstellerin
Filmkunstmesse Leipzig 2012
  • Leipziger Publikumspreis
Giffoni Film Festival 2012
  • La Bottega Digitale Award, Generator +13
Schweizer Filmpreis 2012
  • Bester Darsteller, Nebenrolle