Apocalypse Archives: Ursula Meier, director of Sister

Apocalypse Archives: Ursula Meier, director of Sister

The French-Swiss director chooses the films she’d save in an impending apocalypse

1 Fanny and Alexander

(Ingmar Bergman, 1982)
‘This has to be saved as everything is in this one film: children, family, ghosts, love, war, history. This would be enough for me in the apocalypse - I wouldn’t even need food.’

2 L’Argent

(Robert Bresson, 1983)
‘In my family we watched a lot of films - Tati, Truffaut, Hitchcock, Welles - but when I saw l’Argent on TV with my sister (at 14) I was too young to really understand the story, but I was shocked by the cinematography, I saw the framing and I was fascinated by the editing. I was moved by the language of cinema and suddenly the world of film opened up in front of me and I saw the infinite possibilities.’

3 Wanda

(Barbara Loden, 1970)
‘This is the only film by Barbara Loden and it’s amazing. It has everything I like about films: some Jarmusch, some Cassavetes, but with great strong female characters. When I worked with Isabelle Huppert (on my debut Home) I found out that I only saw Wanda because she re-released it in France, so it is thanks to her!’

4 The Deer Hunter

(Michael Cimino, 1978)
‘My first cinema experience was when I was 7 or 8, and a friend’s mother wanted to take us to see a kids film, but early on she realised a mistake had been made and we were in The Deer Hunter screen. She tried to make us leave but we wanted to stay and so we did. The shock of this film left a scar, but I was also more open after that to see something different.’

5 L’Ame Soeur

(Fredi M Murer, 1985)
‘This was the first film I saw in Swiss German, my father’s dialect, and it was a masterpiece. It made me realise for the first time that a masterpiece could be shot in my home country and Sister is a homage to this film - a film about solitude and family.’

Sister is on selected release from Fri 26 Oct.

"Sister" Official U.S. Trailer, directed by Ursula Meier


  • 2012
  • France
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ursula Meier
  • Written by: Antoine Jaccoud
  • Cast: Kacey Mottet Klein, Léa Seydoux, Martin Compston

Drama about a boy supporting his sister by stealing from well-heeled guests in an upmarket Swiss ski resort.