Date: 23 January 2022 (ended)
Time: 14:00
Category: Film
Location: Politeama Rossetti
Largo Giorgio Gaber, 1, 34126 Trieste TS


(La ragazza e il ragno / The Girl and the Spider)
Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher

Svizzera / Switzerland
2021, HD, col., 98’
v.o. tedesca / German o.v.


Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher. Fotografia / Photography: Alexander Hasskerl. Montaggio / Editing: Ramon Zürcher, Katharina Bhend. Musica / Music: Philipp Moll. Suono / Sound: Felix Bussmann, Balthasar Jucker, Denis Séchaud. Scenografia / Art Director: Sabina Winkler, Mortimer Chen. Costumi / Costume Designer: Anne-Sophie Raemy. Interpreti / Cast: Henriette Confurius, Liliane Amuat, Ursina Lardi, Flurin Giger, André M. Hennicke, Ivan Georgiev, Dagna Litzenberger Vinet, Lea Draeger, Sabine Timoteo, Birte Schnöink. Produzione / Produced by: Beauvoir Films. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Zürcher Film, Swiss Radio and Television. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Federal Office of Culture (OFC), SWISSLOS / Kultur Kanton Bern, Cinéforom & Loterie Romande, Kulturfonds Suissimage, Aargauer Kuratorium, Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM), Burgergemeinde Bern. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Cercamon.


The time has finally come: Lisa is moving into her first apartment on her own. For years she has lived in a flat share with Mara and Markus, her move now means the end of an era. While Lisa is looking forward to the change, for Mara it triggers a rollercoaster of emotions.
The Girl and the Spider
premiered in 2021 at the Berlinale, in the “Encounters” section, where it was awarded Best Director and Fipresci Prize.

As with our first film The Strange Little Cat, which was about a family bound by constraints, in The Girl and the Spider we once again take a familiar, everyday scene as the starting point for the film. This time it’s about moving house. It forms the framework for us to tell the story of the separation between the two friends, Mara and Lisa. Lisa moving out breaks up the unity her and Mara have forged over the years. One force trying to push away collides with another seeking closeness and shatters the world around them. Lisa’s move triggers a back and forth of longing for closeness and the pain of separation and loneliness. The principles of proximity and distance manifest themselves not only between Mara and Lisa, but permeate the entire film – a dynamic that never comes to rest. The characters wander through a fragile cosmos as if driven by their desires, in which harm can be inflicted just as quickly, as affection or intimacy can be shown.” (R. & S. Zürcher)

Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher
The Swiss twin brothers Ramon and Silvan Zürcher were born in 1982 in Aarberg. Ramon in 2005 completed a Visual Arts degree at the Bern School of Arts (HKB). From 2006 to 2014, he studied Film Directing at the German Film and TV Academy Berlin (DFFB). Silvan from 2002 to 2008 studied Philosophy, Film studies and German studies at the Universities of Bern and Zurich. From 2009 to 2014 he studied Film production at the German Film and TV Academy Berlin (DFFB). Their diploma film at DFFB (and first collaboration) was The Strange Little Cat in 2013.

2013 Das merkwürdige Kätzchen (The Strange Little Cat); Premi /Awards: Minsk IFF – Premio speciale della giuria per la Migliore opera prima / Special Jury Award for Best First Film 2021 Das Mädchen und die Spinne (The Girl and the Spider); Premi / Awards: Berlinale “Encounters” – Miglior regia, Premio FIPRESCI / Best Director, FIPRESCI Award; La Roche-sur-Yon IFF – Menzione speciale / Special Mention.