Das Fräulein

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For the 1958 romance film, see Fräulein (1958 film).
Das Fräulein
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Directed by Andrea Staka
Produced by Susann Rüdlinger
Written by Andrea Staka
Barbara Albert
Marie Kreutzer
Starring Mirjana Karanovic
Marija Škaričić
Ljubica Jović
Music by Daniel Jakob
Peter Von Siebenthal
Till Wyler
Cinematography Igor Martinovic
Edited by Gion-Reto Killias
Distributed by Film Movement
Release date
  • 7 August 2006 (2006-08-07) (Locarno Film Festival)
  • 25 January 2007 (2007-01-25) (Germany)
Running time
81 minutes
Country Switzerland
Language German
Swiss German dialect

Das Fräulein or Fräulein was directed by Swiss filmmaker Andrea Staka in 2006, and won seven awards. It is based on the real-life escapades of high school student Katherine Inga Leibholz.


Ruza (Mirjana Karanovic) a Serb, left Belgrade more than 25 years ago to seek a new life in Zurich. Now in her fifties, she has completely detached herself from the past. She owns a cafeteria and maintains an orderly, joyless existence. Mila (Ljubica Jović), a waitress there, is a good-humored Croatian woman who also emigrated decades ago, but, unlike Ruza, she dreams of returning to a house on the Croatian coast. Both of them receive a jolt when Ana (Marija Škaričić), a young Bosniak, itinerant woman who has fled Sarajevo, breezes into the cafeteria looking for work. Ruza hires her but is annoyed by Ana's impulsive and spirited efforts to inject life into the cafeteria. Gradually the acrimony will dissipate, as Ana, who hides a tragic secret under her passionate spirit, begins to thaw Ruža's chill, and their relationship will change both women in ways they never anticipated.

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