2015 | Documentary | 60 min | MA Film

Directed by Natalie Pfister

Collection: Degree Films 2015

FAMILY FRAGMENTS reconstructs the memories of a divorced family with empathy yet merciless precision. An intimate family story emerges during the investigation into the reasons for the separation. Hinging on the subtle and touching monologues of the family members, the film delves into their often complex interrelationships.

Actors bring the family's memories alive. They tell the story of the separation as if it were their own: a film within the film. The result is a chronicle of a family drama, which the real protagonists complement and comment on.

Runtime60 min
Year of Production2015
Country of ProductionSwitzerland
Distribution FormatDCP, HDCAM SR, Digi Beta, DVD
Aspect Ratio16:9
Audio FormatStereo, 5.1
Shooting FormatHDCAM, XDCAM EX
Spoken LanguageSwiss German
Available SubtitlesGerman, English
Director Natalie Pfister
Cinematography Simon Bitterli
Delia Schiltknecht
Editor Annette Brütsch
Screenplay Natalie Pfister
Creative Producer Anita Wasser
Leading ActorsSusanne Hofmann
Peter Hofmann
Moritz Hofmann
Sofie Hofmann
Annelore Sarbach
Adrian Furrer
Adrian Fähndrich
Nadja Rui
Casting Ruth Hirschfeld
Makeup Artist Simona Langenegger
Location Sound Engineer Markus Egloff
Dieter Meyer
Jean-Pierre Gerth
Thabea Furrer
Sound Mixing Gregg Skerman
Graphic Artist Patrik Ferrarelli
Technical Support Equipment Gian Courtin
Technical Support Postproduction Rebecca Siegfried
Project Mentoring Sabine Gisiger
Executive Producer Filippo Bonacci
Head of Programme MA Film Prof. Bernhard Lehner


1. September 2015
2015 German Talent Award - FIRST STEPS

Two MA degree films have been nominated at this year's German Talent Award FIRST STEPS. | Category Best Short Film: INLAND by Piet Baumgartner, 2015 MA graduate | Category Best Documentary Film: Familienbruchstück by Natalie Pfister, 2015 MA graduate

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