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Beresina, or the Last Days of Switzerland (German: Beresina oder Die letzten Tage der Schweiz) is a 1999 satiric comedy film by Swissmarker director Daniel Schmid. It chronicles the story of Irina, a Russianmarker call girl arriving in Switzerlandmarker, whose innocent attempt to live the high life there triggers unintended coup d'etat in the country. The title Beresina stands for Berezina Rivermarker, the fictional codename of Swiss patriotic operation in the film.

The film is a black comedy where all aspects of Swiss life are satirized in anecdotes. The heroine deals with a retired P-26 officer who appears as her false "sponsor" and various sexual perverts at the top of Swiss social hierarchy. Their attitudes to immigrants are also depicted ironically. Even the national identity and modern history of Switzerland are caricaturized in the country's first ever coup d'état sequences. The film is culminates with Irina's coronation as Queen of Switzerland.

Beresina was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.



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