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"A great thought-inspiring film, based on Sils Maria and the rivers that flow down to Europe. From many voices emerges a picture of Nietzsche as a thinker and wanderer, a seeker of mountain air and
a predictor... Landscapes and philosophy merge organically in this impressive documentary." 

Prof. em. Dr. Elmar Schenkel (University Leipzig), board member Nietzsche Verein Röcken e.V., author i.a. of „Wahre Geschichten um Friedrich Nietzsche“ (Leipzig 2023)
 An introduction into Nietzsche's life and thinking with
 particular regard to his productive years in Sils Maria

Friedrich Nietzsche is presented in this essayistic documentary film as an equally fascinating and controversial philosopher whose influence reaches far beyond the boundaries of the academic world. As a representative of perspective thinking he is regarded
as a pioneer of modernism and postmodernism. Of utmost importance to his life and work was the tiny Swiss village Sils Maria, the only place that he visited again and again during his nomadic years and where many of his works were created. 

The film conveys a tangible impression of the area and how this
charismatic place has influenced Nietzsche's thinking and feeling.
For the first time in a film are shown in detail some of the scribbled
sheets from the period of his so-called mental derangement at the clinic in Jena. One of these papers has Nietzsche called his "testament" which is now kept in a Swiss bank safe.

The majority of the speakers in the film are academics related to the Nietzsche-Haus in Sils Maria. 
Thomas Josef Roth  was a student and assistant of the renowned
avant-garde filmmaker Peter Kubelka at the State Academy of Fine Arts Städelschule, Frankfurt. After graduating he received a Fulbright
Scholarship for The New School University in New York City and later
a one-year Artist Residency in London. His films won several awards and have played in international film festivals e.g. in London, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Princeton, Riga, Rome, San Jose and Warsaw.

HDV (Germany / Switzerland 2017)

46 min. / in German with English subtitles

Available for universities with

Public Performance Rights and Digital Site License.

Pricing varies by country and institution.

Public premiere screening: June 5th, 2018

Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) Paris 

45 rue d'Ulm at 7 pm, Salle des Actes

Filmmaker Thomas Josef Roth

will be present for discussion.

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Prof. Dr. Peter André Bloch

(Mulhouse) Vice-president Nietzsche-Haus Sils Maria   

PD Dr. Peter Villwock

(Sils Maria/Berlin) Custodian Nietzsche-Haus Sils Maria     

Dr. Klaus Itta

(Freiburg im Breisgau/Basel)

Dr. Hannah Große Wiesmann


Dr. Timon Boehm

(Zürich) Professor of Philosophy ETH Zürich

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Lake Silvaplana in Sils Maria, Switzerland

Nietzsche's death mask at Nietzsche-Haus, Sils Maria

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Nietzsche's so-called testament in a Swiss bank safe

IMPRESSUM / IMPRINT: Angaben gemäß § 5 TMG und verantwortlich für den Inhalt nach § 55 Abs. 2 RStV: Thomas Roth, Mörfelder Landstrasse 112,  60598 Frankfurt am Main

KONTAKT: Dokhaus Berlin Carola Hesse/Thomas Josef Roth  DokHaus Berlin, Graefestrasse 89, 10967 Berlin, Email:



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