International Competition

Sleepless in New York

Christian Frei
Screening time  
24.02. / Tuesday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 2  
26.02. / Thursday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 4  
27.02. / Friday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 1  
A film for those in love, out of love or looking for love.

Paralyzing, tormenting and overwhelming... Often laughed off as nothing more than an affliction of adolescence, lovesickness is the topic of this sensitive and compelling documentary film. Oscar nominated director Christian Frei and award-winning cinematographer Peter Indergand dive into the frenzied nights of three newly rejected. Nights full of pain and tears, yet also with wakefulness and creativity. Renowned anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher reveals the astounding and profound processes that unfold in the brain of the lovesick. She says: "The game of love matters. It matters big time." Exploring the difficult path out of self-destructive obsessive behavior, toward a new self, Sleepless in New York is a film for those in love, out of love or looking for love.


Christian Frei

Christian Frei (born 1959 in Schönenwerd, Solothurn) is a Swiss filmmaker and film producer. He is mostly known for his films War Photographer (2001, Academy Award Nomination Best Documentary Feature), The Giant Buddhas (2005) and Space Tourists (2009). Since 2006, Frei has been an associate lecturer at the renowned University of St. Gallen. Since August 2010 he is president of the Swiss Film Academy.

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Sleepless in New York

2014, 92', DCP

Directed by:
Christian Frei

Peter Indergand scs

Edited by:
Christian Frei

Max Richter, Eleni Karaindrou, Giya Kancheli

Christian Frei

Produced by:
Christian Frei Filmproductions GmbH

Festivals & Awards:

Hot Docs 2014, Visions du Réel 2014; DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival 2014; Camerimage 2014; Docville 2014; Planete & Doc Film Festival 2014; DOK.fest – Munich International Documentary Festival 2014; Solothurn Film Festival 2014; Dokufest Kososvo 2014