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 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).
The Sound of Insects - Record Of A Mummy
2008, 88', color, 35 mm
Matthias Kälin, Peter Liechtl, Peter Guyer
Norbert Möslang, Christoph Homberger
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