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THE SUBSTANCE - ALBERT HOFMANN'S LSD

by Martin Witz

35mm / HD, color-b/w, 89’, 2011

coproduction with RSI-Radiotelevisione svizzera, Teleclub, Lichtblick Filmproduktion, Spotlight Media Productions

original version: German, English
subtitles: English, French-German, Italian

AWARDS
17h Berlin & Beyond Film Festival: Audience Award, 8ème Pariscience Festival International du Film Scientifique: Prix Audace 2012, Moscow Contemporary Science Film Festival 360°: Special Jury Prize FESTIVALS
64. Festival del Film Locarno - Compétition Cinéastes du Présent / world premiere, 54th Dok Leipzig - International Programme, 8°Festival de Cine Europeo Sevilla - Eurodoc, 28. Kasseler Dok Fest, 52. Festival dei Popoli Firenze - Best of festivals, 24th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - Reflecting Images, 25th Leeds International Film Festival, Max Ophüls Preis 2012, 35th Göteborg International Film Festival, 47. Solothurner Filmtage, 14th SF Independent Film Festival, San Francisco, FICUNAM 2012 - Festival Internacional de Cine Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 14th One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Prague- Panorama, 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Stories to tell, 17th Vilnius International Film Festival - Actual documentary, 11th Eurodok, Oslo, 14th BAFICI, Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, 8th International Documentary Festival DOCVILLE, Leuven, DOXA 2012, Documentary Film Festival Vancouver, 9th Planet + Doc Film Festival, Warsaw, 38th Seattle International Film Festival, 11th Transilvania International Film Festival, 8th Biografilm Festival, Bologna, 24th Galway Film Fleadh, 8th Monterrey International Film Festival, 6th Sydney Underground Film Festival, 17h Berlin & Beyond Film Festival San Francisco, Pariscience 2012 - Festival International du Film Scientifique, Moscow Contemporary Science Film Festival 360°, 26th Brisbane International Film Festival, 23. Kinofest Lünen

By coincidence rather then by design the swiss chemist Albert Hofmann makes a sensational discovery in the spring of 1943. He realizes that he is dealing with a powerful molecule that will have an impact not only on the scientific world. An investigation into our troubled relation with LSD. Told from its beginnings until today.