The end of the evening belonged to Lilo Pulver. The 91-year-old actress, whose career as Vreneli in the Gotthelf films really started, received the great honorary award – of course only virtually, like all winners at the presentation of the Swiss film trophies, which were onlinevevent took place.
“I’m happy about this award, I was still missing it,” said Lilo Pulver in a recording from the Burgerspittel in Bern, where she has lived for years. In addition, she showed the laugh that made her famous. D.in Federal Councilor Alain Berset emphasized in his introduction – and described this “exuberant perfection” as a combination that can only be imagined in this country .
It was also a perfect evening for the film “Little Sister” by Lausanne directors Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond. The first quartz – that’s the name of the Swiss Oscars – went to this production: Marthe Keller, a weïte Swiss actress by Weltrang, received it for her appearance as mother of the two main characters. “Little Sister” won other trophies, including the one for best film. In the end there were five – never before had a single production won so many at the Swiss Film Awards.
The film plays in the Berlin theater scene and in the Vaudois mountains, the German stars Nina Hoss and Lars Eidinger can be seen in the leading roles. The drama about cancer was produced by Ruth Waldburger from Zurich, «Little sister» premiered at the Berlinale in 2020 and was shown in cinemas last summer. It was also the Swiss contribution for the Oscars, but did not make it to the nomination.
The main competitor in the best feature film category was “Platzspitzbaby”. Last year’s audience hit was fivemAl nominated, but in the end only received a single quartz, but an important one: Sarah Spale – the commissioner from “Wilder” – was honored as the best actress for her portrayal of a drug addicted woman. In doing so, she also outperformed Luna Mwezi, who plays her daughter in the film.
There was no actor quartz this year for the men, there had simply been too few leading roles with Swiss. Perhaps the film academy, which determines the award, should consider in future to judge the acting performance regardless of gender. This is how it will be since this year at the Berlinale practiced – and so it was with the Swiss Film Prize already between 2004 and 2007.
The best documentary was “The New Gospel”. The theater man and film director Milo Rau staged it in Italy a biblical play with African activists. The quartz for the best short film also went to a well-known name: Dhe author and director Güzin Kar received it for her Reflexion «Your street».
The evening, otherwise a festive gala, was of course dominated by the pandemic with Zoom speeches. But even that didn’t spoil Lilo Pulver’s good mood. In the end, she confessed to the audience that whenever “Uli the servant” or “Uli the tenant” came on TV, she watched. And showed her infectious laugh one last time.