La ligne

The Line

Margaret, 35, has a history of violent behaviour which has cost her a romantic relationship. She has moved back in with her mother Christina, a fragile, immature 55-year-old woman who blames Margaret, her firstborn, for ruining her dreams of a career as a concert pianist. In a state of unbridled fury during an argument, Margaret hits Christina. The law steps in, further complicating family dynamics. As she awaits trial, Margaret is forbidden from coming into contact with her mother or within 100 metres of their home. In THE LINE, Ursula Meier continues her exploration of atypical family constellations, redefining the idea of a family “circle” to consider its topographical dimensions. Her astonishing lead actor is literally wrenched from this circle and from her mother in a manner reminiscent of the pain of childbirth. (Berlinale)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
La ligne (The Line, 2022) - Kacey Mottet Klein, naissance d'un acteur (Kacey Mottet Klein, Birth of an Actor, 2015; CE'16) - Les grandes ondes (À l'ouest) (Longwave, 2013; CE'14) - L'enfant d'ent haut (Sister, 2012; CE'13) - Home (2008; CE'09) - Comme des voleurs (À l'est) (Stealth, 2006; CE'09). In 2009 CROSSING EUROPE dedicated a Tribute to Ursula Meier and Lionel Baier.
European Panorama Fiction 2022
Ursula Meier
Switzerland / France / Belgium 2022
101 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Stéphanie Blanchoud, Ursula Meier, Antoine Jaccoud
Cinematography Agnès Godard
Editing Nelly Quettier
Sound/Sounddesign Patrick Becker, Etienne Curchod, Franco Piscopo
Music Jean-François Assy, Stéphanie Blanchoud, Benjamin Biolay
With Stéphanie Blanchoud, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Benjamin Biolay, Elli Spagnolo, Dali Benssalah, India Hair
Producer(s) Pauline Gygax, Max Karli, Marie-Ange Luciani, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Delphine Tomson
Bandita Films, Les Films de Pierre, Les Films du Fleuve, ARTE France Cinéma, RTS RTBF, VOO, BE TV
World Sales
Austrian Premiere
Austrian Rights
Panda Lichtspiele Filmverleih
World Premiere
Berlinale 2022