International Competition

The Sound Of Insects - Record Of A Mummy

Peter Liechti

Liechti’s film tells the incredible story of how the mummified corpse of a 40-year-old man was discovered by a hunter in one of the most remote parts of the country. The dead man’s detailed notes reveal that he actually committed suicide through self-imposed starvation only the summer before. A stunning rapprochement of a fictional text, which itself is based upon a true event: a cinematic manifesto for life, challenged by the main character’s radical renunciation of life itself.

Peter Liechti

Peter Liechti was born in 1951, St. Gallen. Studied Art History at the University of Zurich. Zurich College of Art and Design, diploma in teaching arts. Since 1986 works in films as scriptwriter, director, producer and cameraman. He has made over 10 filmic representations, employing methods of documentary, conventional and experimental filmmaking. His films include ‘Signer’s Koffer’ (1995), ‘Martha’s Garten’ (1997), ‘Hans Im Glück – Three Attempts To Quit Smoking’ (2003), ‘Namibia Crossings’ (2004), ‘The Sound Of Insects – Record Of A Mummy’ (2008).

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The Sound of Insects - Record Of A Mummy

2008, 88', color, 35 mm

Directed by:
Peter Liechti

Screenplay by:
Peter Liechti

Matthias Kälin, Peter Liechtl, Peter Guyer

Edited by:
Tania Stöcklin

Norbert Möslang, Christoph Homberger

Peter Liechti

Produced by:
Liechti Filmproduktion GmbH, Schweizer Fernsehen

Festivals & Awards:

European Film Awards 2009 - ARTE Award for Best Documentary; Planete Doc Review Film Festival 2009, Warsaw - Millenium Award; RIDM 2009, Montréal - Prix Camera-Stylo