The most original film of this year's Berlinale (Special Jury Award). The postcard scenery of the Alpine province serves as a contrast to the hardships of life for characters thrown upon the whims of nature and shenanigans of perverse fate. All these inconveniences most powerfully befall Anna, a local waitress, who gets involved with Mark, a slightly older man. Mark, as an outsider, not very handsome, and easily excitable, is distrusted by the local community. However, the more facts testify to his disadvantage, the more eagerly Anna advocates for him, knowing that she is also fighting for the right to life her way. But A Piece of Sky is more than a combination of a tribute to a woman's strength and a touching love story. The real talent of director Michael Koch is that he can smoothly balance between a serious tone and a refreshing mockery. In this way, the Swiss film sometimes turns into a chronicle of provincial absurdities, in which there is a place for kitschy folklore, 90s pop, and even Bollywood aesthetics.