Sommerhügel. Eine Inszenierung der Appenzellischen Landschaft in 10 Akten


Peter Liechti

Editor: Josef Felix Müller
Year: 2013
Format: DVD (minutes); with booklet
Edition: 1/50–50/50, numbered and signed
Language: German
Design: Yvo Egger
ISBN: 978-3-909090-58-7

Peter Liechti made the film Sommerhügel (Summer Hill) in 1983/1984. After a long stay in Greece, he shared a flat in Gais with Hugo Keller (Budaz) and Edith Sidler. Inspired by their joint examination of the work of Marcel Duchamp, Peter Liechti realised his first film Sommerhügel on Super 8. The subtitle Eine Inszenierung der Appenzellischen Landschaft in zehn Akten (A staging of the Appenzell landscape in ten acts) refers to the author's intention to take the role of a ‘picture hunter’ in order to confront the popular touristic Appenzellerland with his own impressions and sensations of strong sensuality, magic and love of the landscape.
The film was shot at the four locations of St. Gallen, Gais, Wald and Trogen and begins with an action by Roman Signer, who launches a ‘Taburettli’ (a small stool) tied to a bungee cord into the Sitteren gorge from the Ganggelibrücke, which is located in St. Gallen’s Haggen district.
Sommerhügel was first presented in 1984 in the now defunct Restaurant Solitüde in St. Gallen. The official premiere was held at the Solothurn Film Festival in 1985.