• Zu Ende Leben
  • Zu Ende Leben
  • Zu Ende Leben

Zu Ende Leben

by Rebecca Panian Focus Competition

It is easy to plan life and suppress death. While consumerism and restlessness is prevalent in society, confronting loss and grief is increasingly shunned. Director Rebecca Panian wants to break this taboo. In ZU ENDE LEBEN, she accompanied the 51-year-old Thomas, who suffered from a brain tumour, over several months. She also asked Swiss personalities, among others from the fields of culture, media, medicine and religion, to contemplate the subject of death. Thomas’ self-testimony and the reflections of the other protagonists, including Franz Hohler, Pedro Lenz and Kurt Aeschbacher, are distilled into an impressive collage. A film that deals with the death, but is bursting with life.
"The fear of death does not keep us from dying, but from living. This saying expresses in simple terms why I wanted to make this film." (Rebecca Panian)

  • Genre: DOC: Social & Human Interest
  • Country, Year: Switzerland, 2014
  • Runtime: 91 Min
  • Languages: Swiss German
  • Subtitles: German, English
  • Director: Rebecca Panian
  • Cast: Thomas Niessl, Franz Hohler, Nik Hartmann, Gottfried Honegger, Pedro Lenz, Kurt Aeschbacher, u.v.a.
  • Screenplay: Rebecca Panian
  • Cinematography: Rebecca Panian, Stefan Dux, Richard Grell, Ramón Königshausen, Aladin Hasic, Simon Zangger, Sean Wirz, Marcus Adam
  • Editors: Rolf Lang, Rebecca Panian
  • Sound: Rebecca Panian, Hanspeter Fischer
  • Music: Roman Lerch
  • Producer: Rudolf Isler
  • Production Company: Playground Media Productions AG
  • Swiss Distribution: Filmcoopi Zürich AG
  • www.zuendeleben.ch
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