The Line

La ligne

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

After a violent argument with her mother, Margaret, 35 years old and with a long history of inflicting and suffering from violence, is subject to a strict restraining order before her trial: she’s no longer allowed to make contact with her mother or approach within 100 meters of the family home for three months. But this separation only exacerbates her desire to be closer to her family and so she returns every day to this invisible and impassable frontier.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF63.

Direction: Ursula Meier
Script: Stéphanie Blanchoud, Ursula Meier, Antoine Jaccoud, Robin Campillo, Nathalie Najem
Cinematography: Agnès Godard
Editing: Nelly Quettier
Sound: Patrick Becker, Etienne Curchod, Valène Leroy, Franco Piscopo
Music: Jean-François Assy, Stéphanie Blanchoud, Benjamin Biolay
Actors: Stéphanie Blanchoud, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Elli Spagnolo, India Hair, Dali Benssalah, Benjamin Biolay
Production: Bandita Films
Producers: Pauline Gygax, Max Karli
Co-production: Les Films de Pierre, Les Films du Fleuve, Arte France Cinéma, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, RTBF (Belgian Television), VOO and Be tv, Bande à part Films, Rita Productions
Co-producers: Marie-Ange Luciani, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
Costumes: Anna Van Brée
Production Design: Ivan Niclass
Make Up: Kaatje Van Damme
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Switzerland, France, Belgium
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 102΄
Contact: Memento International

Ursula Meier

Of Swiss and French nationalities, Ursula Meier studied filmmaking in Belgium. The success of her short films allowed her to focus on her own fiction films and documentaries. In 2008, her first feature film Home was selected for the Cannes Critics Week and received numerous awards and nominations worldwide (including three French César nominations). In 2012, L’Enfant d’en haut received a Silver Bear (Special Prize) at the Berlin Film Festival. It was also nominated for the Independent Spirit Awards-Best Foreign Film and the actor Kacey Mottet Klein was nominated at the French César for Best New Male Actor. In 2018, she directed Berlinale’s Panorama entry Journal de ma tête. The same year, she received the Suissimage grant for female directors for her English language debut project Quiet Land produced by Bandita Films. Her latest feature was screened as part of Berlinale’s 2022 main competition.


1994 Isaac’s Dream (short)
2000 About Pinget (doc)
2008 Home
2012 Sister
2022 The Line