Spring 1995: After the closure of the infamous needle park and the open drug scene in Zurich, eleven-year-old Mia and her mother Sandrine move to an idyllic little town outside Zurich. However, the new home is no paradise for Mia, because Sandrine is heavily addicted to drugs and should never have obtained custody. Mia takes refuge in her fantasy world with an imaginary friend. She talks to him during lonely hours and they make fabulous plans for an island life with her mother, far away from drugs. Mia also finds a kind of substitute family in a kids’ gang whose members come from similarly tough backgrounds. More and more Mia builds up the strength to rebel against her mother, and finally succeeds in leaving her.

About the director:

Pierre’s short film, SWAPPED , toured the globe earning more than 20 international prizes, including a Swiss Academy Award. After his feature debut, RECYCLING LILY, he directed the TV series ANOMALIA, and the first two seasons of WILDER (BURIED TRUTH). His latest projects include the arte documentary BLOOD BUSINESS as well as the documentary series ONE YEAR IN THE VINEYARD.


Sarah Spale, Luna Mwezi


Pierre Monard

Director of Photography

Darran Bragg


André Kuttel


Matteo Pagamici


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