Meier's social drama examines poverty in Switzerland

BERLIN — Switzerland has submitted Ursula Meier’s “L’enfant d’en haut” (Sister) as its contender for foreign-language film Oscar.

The pic, starring Lea Seydoux (“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”) and Kacey Mottet Klein, centers on a poor 12-year-old boy and with his teen sister who steal from wealthy tourists at a swanky ski resort in order to survive.

Co-produced by Zurich-based Vega Film and Paris’ Archipel 35, the French-language “Sister” won a special runner-up Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. The film has already sold to distribs in 14 EU countries.

“Sister” is also on the list of films recommended for nomination for the European Film Awards, which will be presented in Malta on Dec. 1.

Meier’s debut, “Home,” won the Swiss Film Prize for best film in 2009 and was also selected as Switzerland’s entry for the foreign Oscar, but did not get nominated.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the foreign language film Oscar nominees on Jan. 10. The Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 24.

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