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A person with a mustache, wearing blush and frills, smiles over their shoulder behind them.


  Giorgio Diritti

  Italy, Switzerland     175 minutes


Lubo, a traveling busker, is conscripted into the Swiss army to defend against a potential German attack. While serving, he receives the news that his wife has died and his three small children have been taken by the state as a part of a national reeducation program for Yenisch children. He flees his unit, adopts a new identity, and begins a desperate search to reunite his fractured family.

Featuring stunning production design and a sterling performance from Franz Rogowski (Transit, Passages), the film tracks Lubo’s odyssey as he uncovers the shocking truth about his children. Based on real-life events, the film is both an emotional character study and a penetrating historical epic.

 Italian, Jenisch, Swiss-German with subtitles 

Screenings & Events


Film Credits

  •   Fabrizio Donvito, Benedetto Habib, Marco Cohen, Daniel Campos Pavoncelli, Giorgio Diritti, Francesca Scorzonii, Christof Neracher, Claudio Falconi, Alberto Fusco, Andrea Masera
  •   Giorgio Diritti, Fredo Valla
  •   Paolo Cottignola (AMC BFE), Giorgio Diritti
  •   Benjamin Maier
  •   Franz Rogowski, Christophe Sermet, Valentina Bellè, Noémi Besedes, Cecilia Steiner, Joel Basman
  •   Marco Biscarini
  •   Simone Bachini, Alessandro Mascheroni
  •   Indiana Production, Aranciafilm, Rai Cinema, hugofilm features, Proxima Milano