Das Menschlein Matthias

by Edmund Heuberger Special Screenings

Matthias is the illegitimate son of a factory worker. He lives as an indentured child labourer at his dictatorial aunt’s remote guesthouse. The only thing he knows in life are hard work and hard punches. After a sudden death, the unhappy boy finds the opportunity to make his way to his mother.
In collaboration with SRF, Cinémathèque suisse, Memoriav and Praesens Film, ZFF once again presents a freshly restored version of a Swiss cinema classic. This 1941 literary adaptation is an almost forgotten jewel of Swiss film history that offers an impressive insight into Eastern Switzerland’s embroidery industry. Born in 1930, a later chapter of the main actor Röbi Rapp’s life was portrayed in the multi-award winning docufiction DER KREIS.


  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: Switzerland, 1941
  • Runtime: 86 Min
  • Languages: Swiss German
  • Subtitles: German, French
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  • Director: Edmund Heuberger
  • Cast: Leopold Biberti, Petra Marin, Röbi Rapp, Hans Fehrmann, Walburga Gmür
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  • Screenplay: Stefan Markus
  • Cinematography: Georges Stilly, Harry Ringger
  • Editor: Georges Stilly
  • Sound: Charles Metain
  • Music: Walter Baumgartner
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  • Producer: Stefan Markus
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  • Production Company: Gotthard-Film GmbH
  • Swiss Distribution: Praesens Film AG
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