Nicolas Steiner

was born in 1984 in Switzerland. In 2005 and 2006 he attended the European Film College in Ebeltoft/Denmark, followed by studies in Social Anthropology and Film Studies at Zurich University. Since 2007, he has been studying Directing at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg.


«Snatch & Kittie», 2006; «Meet Toni», 2006; «Sticky», 2008; «Thunderbolt and Wind debauch», 2009; «It’s me Helmut», 2009.

Battle of the Queens (0+)

Germany, Switzerland, 2011, b/w, 72 min.
Director: Nicolas Steiner
Battle of the Queens is a film from and about rural Europe, capturing a timeless cultural event: a series of head-to-head fights of cows set in the valley in sunny Southern Switzerland. The fights are sudden snorting seesaws, explosions of mass and muscle, archaic and wild spectacles. We follow three concurrent story lines: an anxious farmer with his beloved contender, a neurotic unemployed reporter from Zurich coming to find a story, and a gang of adolescent boys on mopeds trying to catch a pretty girl's eye.


Best International competition Documentary film of the 8th Filmfest Eberswalde, 2011.

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