Ursula Meier

France, Switzerland 97 min Fiction


A luxury ski resort in Switzerland. 12-year-old Simon lives in the industrial valley below, with his jobless sister. Every day, he takes the ski-lift to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from the rich tourists to resell to the local kids back down. As he partners with a crooked British seasonal worker, Simon loses his boundaries, which affects the relationship with his sister. Confronted with a truth they had both been escaping, Simon seeks refuge up above.


Ursula Meier

She is one of the most renowned Swiss filmmakers today. She studies Film in Belgium, and after directing shorts and documentaries she premieres Home, presented with great success at the Critics’ Week in Cannes and nominated for three César Awards. Her second feature, Sister, wins a Special Silver Bear in Berlin, and since then she has directed several films for film and television. La ligne, her last film, was presented in the Official Selection of the Berlinale.

Filmography: The Line (2022, D'A 2023), Kacey Mottet Klein, Birth of an actor (short film, 2015) Bridges of Sarajevo (co-directed, 2014), Sister (2012, D'A 2013), Home (2008), Not the Cops, not the Blacks, not the Whites (2002), Table Manners (short film, 2001), Sleepless (short film, 1998), Isaac's Dream (short film, 1994)

Ursula Meier

Film information

Original Title: L'enfant d'en haut
Director: Ursula Meier
Script: Ursula Meier, Antoine Jaccoud
Contact: Memento Films
With: Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein, Martin Compston, Gillian Anderson
Country: France, Switzerland
Year: 2011
Format: 35 mm
Length: 97 min
Language: French, English
Subtitles: Spanish, English
Edition: 2013