PETER LIECHTI (1951-2014)
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 Bio/Filmography Peter Liechti 

Born 1951 in St. Gallen. He studied art history and art education and co-founded the art cinema KinoK in St. Gallen. From 1986, Liechti worked as a freelance writer, director, cameraman, and producer. He was a visiting professor at several film academies and gave master classes worldwide. His work was screened internationally in numerous retrospectives. He was awarded the European film prize in 2009 for The Sound of Insects – Record of a Mummy. In 2010, Liechti received the Grosser Kulturpreis of the City of St. Gallen as well as the Art Prize of the City of Zurich. In March 2014, his film Vaters Garten – Die Liebe meiner Eltern was awarded the Swiss film prize for the best documentary and the best editing. Peter Liechti died in Zurich on April 4, 2014 after a prolonged illness.

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2016  DEDICATIONS - Peter Liechti's unfinished film (DEDICATIONS - Peter Liechtis unvollendeter Film), Film / Installation / Buch
2013  Father's Garden (Vaters Garten) – The Love of My Parents, Essay, 93 min.
2009  The Sound of Insects – Record of a Mummy, Essay, 88 min.
2006  Hardcore Chambermusic – A Club for 30 Days, Music film, 72 / 52 min.
2004  Namibia Crossings, Roadmovie/Essay, 92 min.
2003  Lucky Jack (Hans im Glück) – Three attempts to stop smoking, Documentary/Essay, 90 min.
1999  The Physicians (MSF - Médécins sans Frontières) – an attempt at examining the misery in the culture, Documentary, 6 min.
1997  Martha's Garden (Marthas Garten), Fiction, 89 min.
1996  Signer's Suitcase (Signers Koffer) – On the Way with the Artist Roman Signer, Documentary/Essay, 82 & 52(TV) min.
1991  A Hole in the Hat, Art video, 32 min.
1990  Grimsel – Ein Augenschein, Documentary/Essay, 48 min.
1990  Fuse (Roman Signer, Zündschnur) – performance with Roman Signer, Documentary, 26 min.
1989  Kick That Habit, Music film, 45 min.
1987  Three Art Editions (Drei Kunst-Editionen), Art video, 3 x 10 min.
1987  Spring Thaw (Tauwetter), Essay, 8 min.
1987  Théâtre de l'Espérance, Experimental/Essay, 19 min.
1986  Alpine Forays (Ausflug ins Gebirg), Fiction/Essay, 33 min.
1985  Vertical/Horizontal (Senkrecht/Waagrecht), Experimental film, 8 min.
1984  Summer Hills (Sommerhügel) – Inszenierung der appenzellischen Landschaft in zeh, Experimentalfilm, 50 min.

June/July 2014
March 2014
January 2014
October 2013
January 2011
December 2010
June/July 2010
April 2010
March 2010
January 2009
May 2006
May-June 2005
February 2005
November 2004
May 2003
November 1997
December 1990
August 1990
May 1990

Tribute to Peter Liechti, Xenix Zürich
Werkschau PL, Arsenal Berlin
Rencontre PL, 49. Solothurner Filmtage
Hommage à PL, Leipzig IFF
Retrospective PL, Filmpodium Zurich
Retrospective PL, KinoK St. Gallen
Retrospective PL, IFF La Rochelle
Retrospective PL, BAFICI, Buenos Aires
Retrospective Films of PL, Roma, Ancona, Gagliari
PL Filmmaker in Focus/Carte Blance, IFF Rotterdam
Retrospective PL, Basel/Stadtkino
Poland: Retrospective Peter Liechti: Warsaw, Krakóv, Gdansk
PL Retrospective, Vienna, Stadtkino
PL Retrospective New York
Films of PL, Zurich/Videoex
Films of PL, Genève/Cinéma Spoutnik:
PL - excursions dans le paysage, Genève/Usine
PL - a Filmography, Bern, Reithalle
Films of PL, Zurich/Xenix



  • St.Gallen Cantonal Culture Prize 1986.
  • Berne Film Prizes: GRIMSEL 1990, SIGNER'S SUITCASE 1996, MARTHA'S GARDEN 1998.
  • Action Light Award Locarno: SIGNER'S SUITCASE 1995.
  • SSA Award «Best Script» SIGNER'S SUITCASE 1995.
  • Nominations for SwissFilm Prize: THE SOUND OF INSECTS 2010, NAMIBIA CROSSINGS 2005.
  • European Documentary Film Award: THE SOUND OF INSECTS 2009
  • Swiss Film Prizes: «Best Documentary Film»/«Best Editing» FATHER'S GARDEN 2014, «Best Film Music» THE SOUND OF INSECTS 2010
  • Prize of the Swiss Film Critics: «Best Swiss Film» FATHER'S GARDEN 2013
  • Zürich Art Award (Zürcher Kunstpreis) 2010
  • Grand St. Gallen Cultural Award (Grosser Kulturpreis of St.Gallen) 2010

Festival Awards 

  • Torino, Jury's Award: GRIMSEL, 1990
  • Vienna, Viennale Public Award: SIGNER'S SUITCASE, 1995
  • Leipzig, Bronze: SIGNER'S SUITCASE, 1995
  • Saarbrücken, Spezial Mention Max Ophuls Award: MARTHA'S GARDEN, 1997
  • Solothurn, Film Music Award: MARTHA'S GARDEN, 1997
  • Amsterdam IDFA, Nominee Joris Ivens Award: LUCKY JACK, 2003
  • Duisburg, 3sat-award "best German spoken film": LUCKY JACK, 2003
  • Warsaw, Millenium Award Planete Doc Review Film Festival: THE SOUND OF INSECTS, 2009
  • Montréal RIDM, Prix Caméra-Stylo: THE SOUND OF INSECTS, 2009
  • Berlinale Forum, Audience Award: FATHER'S GARDEN, 2013
  • Crossing Europe FF Linz, FEDEORA-Award Best European Documentary: FATHER'S GARDEN, 2013
  • Visions du Réel Nyon, Prize SSA/Suissimage "most innovative Swiss feature film": FATHER'S GARDEN, 2013
  • Fünf Seen Film Festival FSFF, Bavaria/Germany: FSFF Best Documentary Award: FATHER'S GARDEN, 2013
  • Busan IFF, Korea, Busan Cinephile Award: FATHER'S GARDEN, 2013

Jury activities
Grand Jury Viper, Experimental Film Festival Luzern
Commission ZHdK, film school Zürich
Grand Jury Documentary Film Festival Nyon, Visions du Réel
Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland
Jury Swiss Quality Award
Grand Jury Filmfestival Diagonale, Graz, Austria
President Grand Jury, 12th Sarajevo Film Festival
International Jury Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
Zurich Film Festival, Int\'l. Documentary Film Competition
President Grand Jury, International Documentary Festival Munich
International Jury Migros Documentary Competition
Solo-Jury International Filmfestival Bildrausch, Basel
Grand Jury Documentary Film Festival Nyon, Visions du Réel
2010/12Fell in Love with a Girl by Kaleo Le Belle. Script Consulting  
2009/2010Sira – Wenn der Halbmond spricht by Sandra Gysi and Ahmed Abdel Mohsen. Script Consulting, Cameraman 
2009Daniel Schmid by Benny Jaberg & Pascal Hofmann. Consultant, Coaching 
2007/09Beyond this Place by Kaleo Le Belle. Consultant, Coaching  
2005/08Sea Point Days, by François Vester. Cameraman, Concepting 
2004/05Addis Beauties, by Corinna Kuenzli. Co-director, Cameraman 
1999Asinara, by Paolo Poloni. Cameraman 
1998Der Duft des Geldes, by Dieter Gränicher. Co-editor 
1995Kastanien im Bergell, by Christoph Schaub/René Zumbühl. Cameraman 
1993Well Done, by Thomas Imbach. 2nd Unit 
1992Transit Uri, by Dieter Gränicher. Cameraman 
1990Traumzeit, by Franz Reichle. Cameraman 
1990Restlessness, by Thomas Imbach. Cameraman 
1987Schlachtzeichen, Thomas Imbach. Cameraman 

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