'My Little Sister' - Interview with Nina Hoss, Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond
Lisa, once a brilliant playwright, no longer writes. She lives with her family in Switzerland, but her heart remains in Berlin, beating in time with that of her twin brother Sven, the famous theatre actor. Since Sven has been suffering from an aggressive type of leukemia, the relationship between them has become even closer. Lisa does not want to accept this blow of fate, she does everything in her power to bring Sven back on stage. For her soulmate she neglects everything else and even risks losing her husband. Her marriage goes awry, but Lisa only has eyes for her brother, who reflects her deepest longings and awakens in her the desire to be creative, to feel alive again.
Switzerland's Official Oscar Entry
Directors/Writers: Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond
Cast: Nina Hoss, Lars Eidlinger, Marthe Keller
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Stéphanie Chuat on how the inspiration to write a story about twins came from the partnership with her co-creator Véronique Reymond:
“[The story] comes from our own duet. We are soulmates, we have a creativity that belongs only to the two of us. If one is gone, the other will never be the same. The question is, what if the other was gone? That was the starting point.” - Stéphanie Chuat
“Even before thinking of the twin idea we were already thinking of Nina Hoss, we wanted to write a character for her,” says Reymond, who adds that the trio had a chance first meeting at a Berlin hotel.
For Hoss, after meeting the filmmakers she says they had “so much to talk about” and similar views. “I was immediately interested in what they were thinking of writing,” say says. “I didn’t know at all where this was going, and the script had many changes in the five years we had to wait for financing, but I felt they were very intuitive directors, very sensitive, very funny, they have a nice lightness about them but they are also sincere. Those are all things I really like.”
"I felt they were very intuitive directors, very sensitive, very funny, they have a nice lightness about them but they are also sincere. Those are all things I really like." - Nina Hoss