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THE SUBSTANCE: ALBERT HOFMAN'S LSD

Martin Witz
CH 2011    52' 89'
⚬ Human Interest ⚬ Science & Technology 

Synopsis

By coincidence rather then by design the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann makes a sensational discovery in the spring of 1943. He realizes that he is dealing with a powerful molecule that will have an impact not only on the scientific world. THE SUBSTANCE is an investigation into our troubled relation with LSD, told from its beginnings until today.

Credits

Director

Martin Witz

Producers

Andres Pfaeffli, Elda Guidinetti

Executive Producer

Andres Pfaeffli

Production Company

ventura film sa

Co-Production Companies

RSI, Teleclub, Lichtblick Filmproduktion, Spotlight Media Productions

Cinematography

Pio Corradi

Editor

Stefan Kälin

Music

Marcel Vaid

Awards

Audience Award for Best Documentary

Berlin & Beyond Film Festival 2012

Prix Audace

PARISCIENCE 2012

Festivals

Locarno 2011

IDFA 2011

Doc Leipzig 2011

Göteborg IFF 2012

One World FF 2012

PARISCIENCE 2012

Film Details

Runtime 52' 89'
Spoken Languages German, English
Production Countries Switzerland

Biography

Born in 1956 in Switzerland, Martin Witz works as a screenwriter. His credits include three movies directed by Christoph Schaub: WENDEL (1987), DREISSIG JARHE (1989), selected at the Locarno Festival, and AT THE END OF THE NIGHT (1992), selected at Cannes, as well as FILOU (1988) by Samir, screened in the International Competition at Locarno. Martin Witz later turned to documentary, writing NOEL FIELD (1997) and VON WERRA (2000), both by Werner Schweizer. Concurrently working as an editor and sound recordist, he has also directed documentaries for Arte, such as MALARIA (2002) and DUTTI DER RIESE (2007), his first film directed for the big screen and also presented at Locarno.

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