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Writer:
Martin Suter (writer)
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Release Date:
15 December 1999 (France) See more »
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Plot:
An innocent Russian call girl believes that she would make use of her influential contacts to get Swiss nationality. | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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Beresina : A 'Daniel Schmid' film which makes fun of the Swiss nation. See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Elena Panova ... Irina

Geraldine Chaplin ... Charlotte De
Martin Benrath ... Alt-Divisionär Sturzenegger

Ulrich Noethen ... Dr. Alfred Waldvogel
Iván Darvas ... Direktor Vetterli
Marina Confalone ... Benedetta Hösli
Stefan Kurt ... Claude Bürki
Hans-Peter Korff ... Nationalrat Tschanz
Joachim Tomaschewsky ... Alt Bundesrat von Gunten
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ulrich Beck
Ivan Desny ... Rudolf Stauffacher
Schuyler Landolt
Hilde Ziegler ... Frau Vetterli

Directed by
Daniel Schmid 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Martin Suter  writer

Produced by
Karl Baumgartner .... co-producer
Marcel Hoehn .... producer
Michael Seeber .... co-producer
Heinz Stussak .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Carl Hänggi 
 
Cinematography by
Renato Berta 
 
Film Editing by
Daniela Roderer 
 
Production Design by
Kathrin Brunner 
 
Costume Design by
Birgit Hutter 
 
Makeup Department
Thomas Nellen .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Antje Paul Leinberger .... executive in charge of production (as Antje Paul)
Peter Spoerri .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcel Just .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Thérèse Traber .... on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
Sören Blüthgen .... foley recordist
Günther Friedhoff .... sound technician
Stefan Korte .... sound re-recording mixer
Kai Storck .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
Luc Yersin .... sound
Guido Zettier .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Demmer .... key grip
Tom Meyer .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Catherine Schneider .... wardrobe
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Last Days of Switzerland" - Hong Kong (English title)
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Runtime:
108 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
France:U | Germany:12 (f) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud)

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Beresina : A 'Daniel Schmid' film which makes fun of the Swiss nation., 12 November 2014
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world

Apart from being famous for its innumerable banks, chocolates and watches, Switzerland is equally famous for its peace loving people. It is precisely this quality which impels many people young and old alike to seek Swiss nationality in order to lead a better life than what they have been leading. This is something which viewers can watch in 'Beresina', a film where Swiss director Daniel Schmid chooses to reveal the weaknesses of influential Swiss people when they are duped by a meek person exploited by them. It is fun to watch how the family members of victims endorse the presence of the exploited person in their midst. Daniel Schmid's film depicts some powerful Swiss people namely an army general, some industrialists, a media specialist etc who misuse their power as well as position to indulge in personal pleasures. This film also features a discussion about how far can an ordinary person go in order to dream something big in life? There is also a sub plot about basic human values as a young Russian prostitute's innocence is shattered when a letter informs her of not having obtained the Swiss nationality. The entire story runs slowly until viewers finish watching three-fourths of the film. It is only in the last parts that some crucial events happen which herald the destruction of Switzerland. Despite being a story about an expensive call girl, Berezina is not at all exploitative. It has been hailed as a comedy film but watching it, one would not laugh in the same manner as how other people do when they watch Chaplin, Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd.

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