LONDON — Berlin-based sales company M-Appeal has picked up Locarno film festival player “Unlikely Heroes” (Schweizer Helden), which centers on a Swiss housewife and 11 asylum seekers, who have just a few days to put on a play.
Peter Luisi’s comedy drama, which is the first Swiss movie ever to be picked up by M-Appeal, will world premiere at the fest’s open-air venue, Piazza Grande, on Aug. 13, following an industry screening on Aug. 9.
The film follows Sabine, a recently divorced housewife, who finds herself alone over the Christmas holidays. In order to win the respect of her friends and family she decides to stage the Swiss national play, “William Tell,” with a group of asylum seekers.
Luisi’s previous features include “Verflixt Verliebt” (2004), “Love Made Easy” (2006), “Die Praktikantin” (2010) and “The Sandman” (2011). He also was the co-writer of Fredi Murer’s “Vitus” (2006).