Happiness Is A Warm Gun

  • Switzerland
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Petra, the 1980's “green queen” and peace activist, is shot in her sleep by her lover and political ally, former West German army general Gert. He kills himself shortly afterwards. Was it murder, or did she want that shot? What happens to Petra, from the time Gert’s bullet enters her skull to the moment it lodges in her brain and she dies? She experiences a flash-forward to the present time and wakes up in the glassy transit zone of an international airport. On her trip through this modern purgatory Petra struggles to unravel the meaning of the shot together with Gert and other figures from her life. In the explosive moment between life and death, she recognizes the force of her most absolute desires.


  • Original Title
    Happiness Is A Warm Gun
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Thomas Imbach, Peter Purtschert, Jürg Hassler
  • Cinematography
    Jürg Hassler, Thomas Imbach
  • Editing
    Thomas Imbach, Jürg Hassler
  • Music
    Peter Bräker
  • Sound
    Thomas Imbach, Peter Bräker
  • Runtime
    90 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Locarno, 54. Festival internazionale del film Locarno 2001
    • Berlinale 2002
    • Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2002
    • Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independente 2011
    • Cairo International Film Festival 2002
  • Awards
    • Locarno International Film Festival Nominated, Golden Leopard 2001
    • Zurich Film Prize 2001

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