Off Season (1992 film)

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Off Season
Promotional poster
Directed by Daniel Schmid
Produced by Marcel Hoehn
Christoph Holch
Luciano Gloor
Martine Marignac
Written by Daniel Schmid
Martin Suter
Starring Sami Frey
Maria Maddalena Fellini
Geraldine Chaplin
Marisa Paredes
Ingrid Caven
Music by Peer Raben
Cinematography Renato Berta
Edited by Daniela Roderer
Release date
  • 10 February 1993 (1993-02-10) (France)
Running time
95 minutes
Country France
Language French

Off Season (French: Hors Saison) is a 1992 comedy film by Daniel Schmid, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Martin Suter. The film is semi-autobiographical for Schmid, who reimagines the hotel he grew up in the Swiss Alps. The French-Swiss-German co-production premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in August 1992, followed by a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on 12 September 1992. The film was the Swiss submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1][2]


Adult narrator, (Sami Frey) recalls his myserious childhood at a mountainside hotel which he shared with his mother, grandmother and the hotel's guests. The hotel is host to a series of interesting guests, from the actress, Sarah Bernhard (Paredes), an anarchist assassin (Chaplin), torch singers and seductive women.[3]



The film was well received by Variety, "Hors Saison is an unabashed cinematic circus populated by a Fellini-like cast of caricatures. It is irony and good humour make it high-class, entertainment for family audiences as well as the director's art house fans."[3] David Robinson wrote in The Times that the film offers "rich nostalgia" and that it "delights in the colourful ghosts of the place [hotel]".[4]

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  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. ^ "Foreign Oscar entries submitted". Variety. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b ZWISCHENSAISON/HORS SAISON (OFF SEASON), 1992 Variety. 22 August 2011
  4. ^ Robinson, David. Debutants try their luck abroad. The Times. 20 August 1992

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