The Foster Boy (Der Verdingbub)


Year: 2011
Run Time: 108 minutes

For 150 years, Swiss authorities took disadvantaged children from their homes and forced them to labor on farms. THE FOSTER BOY is set in 1950 in an Alpine village of breathtaking beauty that belies the cruelty of its inhabitants. Max, an orphaned teenager, is brought by a pastor to work for the Bösinger family. A miserable lot, they take his shoes away while he does chores. Bösinger is a drunkard; his wife is a bitter woman who makes Max sleep in the pigsty. A girl named Berteli arrives to work, and soon she and Max are plotting their escape. The kindly village schoolteacher encourages Max’s talent as an accordionist, fueling his dreams of a brighter tomorrow. But before he can imagine a future, he has to survive. Based on 100,000 true stories, THE FOSTER BOY is the most successful Swiss film in years, a gripping reminder that the nation was not always a land of milk and honey. (In Swiss-German with subtitles) – B.B.

Markus Imboden

Peter Reichenbach, Claudia Schr÷der

Plinio Bachmann

Peter von Haller

Ursula Hoef

Principal Cast
Katja Riemann, Stefan Kurt, Max Simonischek, Max Hubacher, Lisa Brand

Director Bio
Markus Imboden studied German and History at the University of Zurich, then worked as a directing assistant at theaters in Switzerland and Germany. He is a member of the German and Swiss Film Academies and has directed many TV movies.

Select Filmography
"Moviestar" (1986), "Bingo" (1990), "Katzendiebe" (1996), "Mrs. Rettich, Czerni and I" (1998), "Comedian" (2000), "Heidi" (2001), THE FOSTER BOY (2011)

Print Source

Global Screen GmbH

Film Sponsor

Consulate of Switzerland in Cleveland

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