C-Films sets more pics down pipeline
Studio Hamburg. It’s also got the previously announced “Night Train to Lisbon,” from Bille August, a co-production with Studio Hamburg. Max Hubacher stars in the 1950s-set pic about a boy who is taken from his parents and sent to work on a farm as a “Verdingbub,” or contract child. It was practice that lasted from the early 1800s until the 1960s. “It’s good because the topic is now being talked about in public,” says Hubacher, who is currently being feted at the Berlinale as Switzerland’s Shooting Star. “It was a taboo topic in Switzerland. But people are learning about it now, especially young people. It’s a very dark chapter in the country’s history because Switerzaland is normally seen in a very good light.” C-Films producer Peter Reichenbach adds that the victims who suffered from the system, which deprived families of custody if they were poor or didn’t live according to middle-class social mores, including single or divorced parents, rarely if ever spoke about their ordeals. Many contract children experienced emotional, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of foster parents, who used such children as farmhands. “Those who suffered felt stigmatized and never spoke about it to their families.” C-Film is presenting “The Foster Boy” to foreign distribs in Berlin.