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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #19. Ramon & Silvan Zürcher’s Der Spatz im Kamin / Keystone

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #19. Ramon & Silvan Zürcher’s Der Spatz im Kamin

Der Spatz im Kamin

This latest micro indie film from Ramon and Silvan Zürcher titled Der Spatz im Kamin (which translates to The Sparrow in the Chimney) would have filmed last summer in the Swiss city of Bern – and it completes the trilogy of films. It’s a dysfunctional family film enlisted players Maren Eggert, Britta Hammelstein, Andreas Döhler and Milian Zerzawy. The Strange Little Cat (2013) and The Girl and the Spider (2021) have been acclaimed critically.

Gist: Karen (Maren Eggert) and Markus (Andreas Döhler) live with their children in Karen’s parents’ house. Karen’s sister Jule (Britta Hammelstein) travels with her family to Markus’ birthday party. While Karen takes everyone’s breath away with her domineering manner, Jule is the complete opposite. Gradually a front forms against Karen until everything escalates into a fiery inferno. An inferno that destroys the old to create the new.

Release Date/Prediction: We think this has a legit shot at a comp slot homecoming in Locarno.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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