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Cherry Pie

Lorenz Merz
Switzerland 2013 / 85’

A variation on the subject of loneliness in the modern world. Who is she? Where is she headed? What is she escaping from? A blue bird with a traumatic past, a penniless young hitchhiker, lost, and wandering along the highway. Invisible to satisfied conformists, lacking support in time and space, this angry girl visits gas stations bathed in the glow of cool light and anonymous suburbs in northern France. During her chaotic journey, she moves on to another country and takes over the identity of a suicide victim. Living someone else’s life in the seaside town of Brighton, she changes from a teenager to a woman. Reminiscent of Greta Gerwig, Lolita Chammah, in the lead and only role, releases the reins of her expressive acting, and the camera never leaves her alone. With the heroine standing on the edge, her emotional drama is played out, although we never learn the reason for it. The narrative is carried along by her compulsive reactions. Is there anyone in this atmospheric emptiness who could lend this girl a helping hand?

Agnieszka Szeffel

Lorenz Merz

Lorenz Merz was born in 1981 in Zurich. He has worked as a photographer and graphic designer. From 2004 through 2008, he studied Film at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Upon completing his studies, he began working as a director and cinematographer (on films by Peter Luisi and Rolando Colla, among others). In 2009, his short film Un día y nada (One Day and Nothing) won a Quartz Swiss Film Prize and a Leopard of Tomorrow Award at the festival in Locarno. He won a Zurcher Film Award and a Swiss Film Prize for cinematography for the film Summer Games (directed by Rolando Colla, 2011). Cherry Pie is his feature-film debut.

Selected filmography

2000 Low Tide (short)

2003 Bastri im Wunderland (short)

2004 4*Poemas (short)

2008 Un día y nada (short)

2013 Ciasto z wiśniami / Cherry Pie

Cast & Crew

director Lorenz Merz
screenplay Lorenz Merz
cinematography Lorenz Merz
editing Lorenz Merz, Samuel Doux
music Marcel Vaid
cast Lolita Chammah, Henrie Campanella, Fiorella Campanella, Orfeo Campanella, Marie-Claire Boscher, Michel Boscher
producer Simon Jaquemet
production 8horses
sales Films Republik
language French, Russian, English
colouration colour