PETER LIECHTI (1951-2014)
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LUCKY JACK – Three attempts to stop smoking (2003, Documentary/Essay, - 35mm Dolby-SR, 16:9 - DigiBeta - DCP 24p/s, English subtitles - DVD, Français/Deutsch/English/, 90')
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LUCKY JACK - Three attempts to stop smoking
«Hans im Glück» is the story of a man who sets out to get rid of his habit of smoking.
Thus he plans to walk from Zurich, his present residence, «back» to his native town St. Gallen, where he startet to smoke a long time ago. He is prepared to repeat this journey - everytime choosing an other route - so often until his goal has been achieved: finally non-smoker! By way the ritual walking across the countryside and the strict ban on smoking he imposes on himself on the way, he hopes to be freed of his burdening vices. This search for the source of his addiction becomes more and more an actual search for his home, an attempt to re-establish the connection with his own origin. All these landscapes, encounters and recollections, that he walks through on his mostly rather strange non-smoker?s trips, finally form the basis to a cinematic heaven and hell ride right across his fatherland - with occasional excursions far beyond the borders.

«Hans im Glück» is a reckoning and a declaration of love. A road movie for pedestrians, a film in regional setting for homeless people. A dedication to all smokers and other addicts, to all unlucky devils who have still remained decent - and of course to Lucky Jacks everywhere.

- Locarno 2003, Semaine de la Critique (Uraufführung);
- Int. Dokumentarfilmfestival Leipzig, Wettbewerb;
- IDFA Amsterdam, Joris Ivens Wettbewerb,Nomination Joris Ivens Award 2003;
- Solothurner Filmtage;
- Berlinale, Forum;
- IFF San Francisco;
- IFF de Cine Independiente, Buenos Aires;
- JIFF Korea, Wettbewerb;
- Int. Dokumentarfilmfestival München, Wettbewerb;
- IFF Innsbruck, Wettbewerb;
- IFF Karlovy Vary, Wettbewerb;
- Int. Encounters Filmfestival Cape Town, Südafrika, Competition;
- Cervino Int. Filmfestival Torino, Competition;
- OxDox 2004, 22. bis 29.Oktober 2004, Oxford GB;
- Swiss American Film Festival (, 5. bis 11.November 2004, New York;
- Duisburger Filmwoche, Samstag 13.November 2004, Wettbewerb;
- Kasseler Dokumentarfilmfest, 9. bis 14.November 2004;
- Deutschsprachiges Dokumentarfilmfestival Ungarisches Filmarchiv, 12. bis 24.November 2004, Budapest;
- Filmfest Mainz FILMZ - Festival des deutschen Kinos, 2./3.Dezember 2004, Mainz;
- Les Ecrans Documentaires, 3. bis 12.Dezember 2004, Arcueil b. Paris
- Yamagata Int. Documentary Festival
- MoMa New York
- Crossing Festival Beijing
- IFF Rotterdam 2009
- BAFICI, Buenos Aires, 2010
- IFF La Rochelle, 2010

© 2004-2016 : : Konzept Claude Brauchli / Programmierung+Entwicklung Mathias Knauer