Franz (69) - the oldest pupil at elementary school
A comical melodrama about a repartiate, who registers himselve in his hometown as the "oldest student of Switzerland", in order to save tho school from being closed.
Franz Engi returns to the village where he grew up after having lived abroad for over 30 years, only to realise that things areentirely different. The school is about to be closed because now there are only a few families with children living in the village. Franz is shocked. The closing of the school is particularly significant for him: the school's teacher, Eva, is his daughter, but he does not dare to tell her. In order to help Eva and get to know her better, Franz decides to enrol as a pupil at the school. Although he does indeed become friends with Eva, a lot has to happen before he can tell her who he really is....
Bernhard Lang, Langfilm
Balz Bachmann, Peter Bräker
Marie-Claude Lang Brenguier
Filmfestival Palm Springs, USA
Pyongyang International Film Festival, Korea
Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland
Cinéma Tous Écrans Geneva, Switzerland
12th Kolkata Film Festival, India
Cinéma Tous Écrans, Geneva Audience Award FNAC 2004
Nomination of Swiss Film Awards