GLAUSER

by Christoph Kühn

HD, color-b/w, 75’, 2011

coproduction with SRF-Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, SRG SSR

original version: German, Swiss German / other versions: Italian

Festival selections: Premiere Locarno Film Festival 2011 - Official Selection

Münsingen. The night is quiet, and black. Friedrich Glauser, the legionnaire, Dadaist and morphine-addict writer, reviews the sum of a failed life. Flashes of memory recall his childhood in Vienna, his father, who did not understand him, his mother, who died when he was 4 years old and for whom his love has remained intact. Moments of the past appear like iridescent bubbles, they grow, grow and refuse to pop. Writing is his white magic, with which he erects a bridge between the madhouse and the world, morphing into stories and above all into detective novels. He created a positive father figure with the persona of sergeant Studer, which would make him famous. On regaining his freedom, Glauser fled from Switzerland, to lead a troubled and errant life with his partner Berthe Bendel between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. But the further he departed with a desire to create a new existence, the more his cruel and merciless past returned. He died aged 42, the day before his wedding.