Director: Delphine Lehericey
Switzerland | 2020 | 98 min
Greenpeace – Lurra Award – San Sebastián International Film Festival
Best Film + Best Screenplay Awards – 2020 Swiss film Prize
In the scorching summer of 1976, farmers face a violent heatwave threatening their crops and the lives of their animals. Under the relentless sun, Nicole and Jean, owners of a poultry farm, are on the brink when their chickens succumb one after the other. Their 13-year-old son, Gus, has to help his father with the chores, even if he would much rather read comics and go on adventures. One day a breath of fresh air arrives in the form of Nicole’s new friend, lively and spirited Cécile. The newcomer will quickly turn the life of the family, already in the midst of a crisis, upside down. Witnessing the destruction of his nuclear family, traditional farming and patriarchy, Gus has to grow up fast, leaving the innocence of childhood behind.
Bolstered by performances from standout actresses Laetitia Casta (Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar), Clémence Poésy (most recognizable from her turn as Fleur Delacour in the Harry Potter series) and the outstanding newcomer Luc Bruchez, Beyond The Horizon is a poignant story perfectly tackling subjects ranging from the impact of climate change, the place of women in society, desires and the end of childhood.