Scene from the film Théatre de l’espérance
Scene from the film Théatre de l’espérance
Scene from the film Théatre de l’espérance
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Théatre de l’espérance

  • Switzerland
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World peace, disarmament and re-armament are hackneyed phrases, and the images we see on television and in the paper are hackneyed images. It was with this in mind that I set out – with more than a little delight – to drag the long worn-out images of the Geneva summit between Reagan and Gorbachev into the spotlight once again...

The film revives those days gone by as exactly as possible, in accordance with the wonderfully flickering pictures that had branded them selves in my memory. I gathered some of the material as a spectator in Geneva, but also tweaked the old TV images until they had been prodded into obedience. The framework for the story was provided by Roman Signer: refrain, commentary and fresh air. Peter Liechti


  • Original title
    Théatre de l’espérance
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Peter Liechti
  • DOP
    Clemens Steiger, Peter Liechti, Roman Signer
  • Editing
    Peter Liechti
  • Music
    Sun Ra, Elvis Presley
  • Sound
    Florian Eidenbenz
  • Duration
    18 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Liechti Filmproduction
      • Birmensdorferstr.51
      • CH-8004 Zürich
      • Switzerland
      • web:
      • tel: +41 44 242-61-09
      • cell: +41 79 502-21-53
      • fax: +41 44 242-61-09
  • Festivals
    • Solothurner Filmtage, 1987
    • Locarno, 1987
    • IFF Rotterdam 2009
    • IFF La Rochelle, 2010 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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