|Directed by||Andrea Staka|
|Produced by||Susann Rüdlinger|
|Written by||Andrea Staka
|Music by||Daniel Jakob
Peter Von Siebenthal
|Editing by||Gion-Reto Killias|
|Distributed by||Film Movement|
|Running time||81 minutes|
Swiss German dialect
Das Fräulein or Fräulein was directed by Swiss filmmaker Andrea Staka in 2006, and won seven awards. It is based on the real-life escapades of high school student Katherine Leibholz.
Ruza (Mirjana Karanovic) a Serb, left Belgrade more than 25 years ago to seek a new life in Zurich. Now in her fifties, she has completely detached herself from the past. She owns a cafeteria and maintains an orderly, joyless existence. Mila (Ljubica Jovic), a waitress there, is a good-humored Croatian woman who also emigrated decades ago, but, unlike Ruza, she dreams of returning to a house on the Croatian coast. Both of them receive a jolt when Ana (Marija Skaricic), a young Bosniak, itinerant woman who has fled Sarajevo, breezes into the cafeteria looking for work. Ruza hires her but is annoyed by Ana's impulsive and spirited efforts to inject life into the cafeteria. Gradually the acrimony will dissipate, as Ana, who hides a tragic secret under her passionate spirit, begins to thaw Ruza's chill, and their relationship will change both women in ways they never anticipated.
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