• Der Ast, auf dem ich sitze – Ein Steuerparadies in der Schweiz
  • Der Ast, auf dem ich sitze – Ein Steuerparadies in der Schweiz
  • Der Ast, auf dem ich sitze – Ein Steuerparadies in der Schweiz

Der Ast, auf dem ich sitze – Ein Steuerparadies in der Schweiz

by Luzia Schmid Special Screenings

The wealth of the world is unequally distributed. One of the profiteers is the canton of Zug, a tax haven in the heart of Switzerland, where more and more wealth is accumulating – and missing elsewhere? Since the middle of the 20th century, the small town on the shores of an idyllic lake has risen to become an important business location. Filmmaker Luzia Schmid remembers her childhood in Zug and lets those people speak who have experienced the changes at first hand: her father, her sister, a trustee, a politician and other contemporary witnesses, critics and profiteers. A personal economic film that embeds tax policy both historically and globally, exposes barefaced ambivalences and dares to question morality.


  • Genre: DOC: Social Interest & Politics
  • Country, Year: Switzerland, Germany, 2020
  • Runtime: 102 Min
  • Languages: German, Swiss German, English
  • Subtitles: English
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  • Director: Luzia Schmid
  • Cast: Franz Schmid, Susanne Schmid, Andrea Hodel-Schmid, Regula Meier, Gerhard Pfister
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  • Screenplay: Luzia Schmid
  • Cinematography: Hajo Schomerus
  • Editor: Yana Höhnerbach
  • Sound: Reto Stamm, Matteo Pellegrini, Ralf Weber
  • Music: Pluramon
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  • Producers: Birgit Schulz, Karin Koch
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  • Production Companies: Bildersturm Filmproduktion GmbH, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, ZDF, 3sat, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
  • Swiss Distribution: First Hand Films
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