Adopt Films has acquired U.S. rights to Sister (L´enfant d´en haut), the Ursula Meier-directed film that had its world premiere in the main competition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Adopt plans a late 2012 theatrical release. Sister stars Léa Seydoux and Kacey Mottet Klein. They play siblings struggling for survival amid the high-end ski resorts of the Swiss Alps, she working odd jobs, he excelling in not-so-petty acts of larceny, both of them walking a razor’s edge, their lives often as dangerously thrilling as those skiers from whom they steal. Seydoux played roles in Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, and starred in the Berlin Competition opener Farewell, My Queen.
Meier co-wrote the original screenplay with Antoine Jaccoud. Gillian Anderson plays a victim of the brother and sister’s thievery, in more ways than one. Denis Freyd and Ruth Waldburger are the producers. The deal was negotiated by Tanja Meissner of Memento Films and Adopt’s Co-Managing Executives Tim Grady and Jeff Lipsky. “Few directors can effectively and effortlessly tell such an intimate story on such a vast and epic visual canvas,” Lipsky said. “With Sister, Ursula Meier has achieved that in spades. This is a film that sends chills down your spine. Anyone who ever had to protect a brother or a sister will identify with this wonderful film and anyone who loves cinema will revel in it.”
Adopt Films’ previously announced titles for 2012 release include Marie Losier’s Berlin award-winner The Ballad Of Genesis And Lady Jaye, Debbie Goodstein’s Mighty Fine, and Anne Émond’s Toronto Film Festival erotic character study Nuit #1.