Berlinale: Programme

Film File

Panorama Special

Ondes de choc – Journal de ma tête

Shock Waves – Diary of My Mind

Lionel Baier (Director and Screenwriter Prénom: Mathieu), Ursina Lardi (Actress Prénom: Mathieu), Fanny Ardant (Actress Journal de ma tête), Ursula Meier (Director and Screenwriter Journal de ma tête)

Moderation: Nikolaj Nikitin

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On 27 February 2009, pupil Benjamin Feller commits a crime which he has meticulously described beforehand in a diary entry. He goes to the post office to send the diary entry to his teacher before he shoots his parents and turns himself in to the police. His teacher Esther Fontanel tries to understand the events in retrospect. But as the journal’s addressee, she is increasingly targeted by the police herself.
Through her two protagonists, Ursula Meier gently approaches a horrific crime which is placed in the context of literature and creativity at school via the use of flashbacks. Meier has been working together with Kacey Mottet Klein, who plays Benjamin as an inscrutable, fragile youngster, since he appeared in Home (2008) and has even dedicated a short documentary to him (Kacey Mottet Klein, Birth of an Actor). His performance is as tender as that of Fanny Ardant, who plays the teacher. These unequal counterparts circle each other cautiously and insecurely in this cinematic dance of injured souls. Part of a four-part series on true cases.

Ursula Meier

Switzerland 2017


70’ · Colour


Fanny Ardant (Esther Fontanel)
Kacey Mottet Klein (Benjamin Feller)
Jean-Philippe Ecoffey (Judge Mathieu)
Carlo Brandt (Psychiatrist Butler)
Stéphanie Blanchoud (Maître Rayet)
Jean-Quentin Châtelain (Pierre Feller)


Ursula Meier
Ursula Meier, Antoine Jaccoud
Jeanne Lapoirie
Nelly Quettier
Patrick Becker
Lionel Baier, Agnieszka Ramu, Françoise Mayor
Arte, Straßburg
Radio Télévision Suisse RTS, Genf


Ursula Meier

Swiss and French, Ursula Meier studied filmmaking in Belgium. She then began her directing career with successful short films and documentaries. Her feature debut Home premiered in the 2008 Semaine de la Critique at Cannes, was nominated for three Césars in 2009 and won awards including the Swiss Film Prize for Best Fiction Film. Lenfant den haut (Sister) won a Special Award Silver Bear at the 2012 Berlinale. In 2014, she was involved in the omnibus film Bridges of Sarajevo which was presented in the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival.

Filmography (selection)

1994 Le songe d’Isaac (Isaac's Dream); short film 1998 Des heures sans sommeil (Sleepless); short film 2000 Autour de Pinget (About Pinget); documentary 2001 Tous à table (Table Manners); short film 2002 Pas les flics, pas les noirs, pas les blancs (Not the Cops, not the Blacks, not the Whites); documentary 2008 Home 2012 L’enfant d’en haut (Sister); Competition 2014 Les Ponts de Sarajevo (Segment Silence Mujo) (Bridges of Sarajevo (segment Silence Mujo)) 2015 Kacey Mottet Klein, Naissance d’un acteur (Kacey Mottet Klein, Birth of an Actor); short film, Generation 2017 Ondes de choc – Journal de ma tête (Shock Waves – Diary of My Mind); Panorama

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

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