Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Unlikely Heroes
(Schweizer Helden)

Year: 2014
Run Time: 94 minutes

Unlikely Heroes
Unlikely Heroes
Unlikely Heroes
Unlikely Heroes

Sabine, a middle-aged psychotherapist’s assistant, doesn’t have much to look forward to this Christmas. Her daughter and ex-husband are off to Jamaica for the holidays, and her so-called friends purposely neglected to include Sabine in their annual trip to a resort in St. Moritz. But when an accident leads Sabine to a center for asylum seekers in Switzerland, she concocts a slapdash plan that may just make this holiday season worthwhile. Against all odds Sabine sets out to direct the asylum seekers in a rendition of Friedrich Schiller’s play about the Swiss hero William Tell. And what her diverse cast lacks in talent, they certainly make up for in charisma. Yet, neither her friends nor her family actually believe Sabine can pull it off. Coupled with subplots of young romance, family melodrama, and suspense, this backstage comedy will have the entire audience rooting for Peter Luisi’s UNLIKELY HEROES. (In Swiss German with subtitles) – E.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 12:15 PM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 2:25 PM -
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:30 PM -
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 9:05 PM

World Tour

Peter Luisi

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Peter Luisi earned a degree in Film Production with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1998. After working as a video editor, he created Spotlight Media Productions, a commercial and artistic film production company. His films have won numerous international awards.

"Verflixt Verliebt" (2004), "Love Made Easy" (2006), "The Sandman" (2011) – 36th CIFF, "Boys Are Us" (2012), UNLIKELY HEROES (2014)

Peter Luisi, Aminta Iseppi

Peter Luisi, Jürgen Ladenburger

Nicolò Settegrana

Patrick Zähringer, Bigna Tomschin

Principal Cast
Esther Gemsch, Komi Mizrajim Togbonou, Karim Rahoma, Elvis Clausen, Newroz Baz

Film Contact

Community Partners

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Consulate of Switzerland in Cleveland

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