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Director: Ursula Meier

Switzerland, France, Belgium, Drama, 2008, 98 min, french with english and lithuanian subtitles, V
An empty highway stretches out as far as the eye can see across the peaceful and deserted countryside. Built several years ago, it has since then been left in disuse. On the very edge of the weed-ridden asphalt, a mere few feet away from the guard rails, sits a totally isolated house with its small garden. The house harbors a family. Summer has come, and the construction project is back on its feet. The highway gets opened to traffic. Literally “planted” alongside the highway – several yards from the exhaust pipe fumes and increasingly deafening traffic noise – the family loses its points of reference and is thrown off its balance. Shutting themselves in more and more, its members cut themselves off from the world and are on the verge on going mad... To the rhythm of the constant coming and going of the cars and trucks along the highway, “Home” is no road movie but its reversed image. For this family, it’s not life on the road but life alongside the road, turning “Home” into an inner trip, a mental journey.
 
Awards:
 
2008 – ADF Award for Best Cinematography and Best Actress Award for Isabelle Huppert at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina).
2008 – Special Jury Mention and Valois Award at the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival (France).
2008 – FIPRESCI Award at the Reykjavik International Film Festival (Iceland).
2009 – Council of Europe Odyssey Prize for Human Rights (Strasbourg, France).
2009 – Swiss Film Prize for Best Fiction Film, Best Screenplay and Best Emerging Actor for Kacey Mottet Klein (Lucerne, Switzerland).
2009 – Best Sound and Best Cinematography Awards at the Monterrey International Film Festival (Mexico).
Section: Ursula Meier Film Retrospective

Screenplay: Ursula Meier, Antoine Jaccoud, Raphaëlle Valbrunne, Gilles Taurand, Olivier Lorelle

Dir. of Photography: Agnès Godard

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet, Adelaïde Leroux, Madeleine Budd, Kacey Mottet Klein