Scene from the film Signers Suitcase
Scene from the film Signers Suitcase
Scene from the film Signers Suitcase
Scene from the film Signers Suitcase
Scene from the film Signers Suitcase
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Signers Suitcase

  • Switzerland
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SIGNERS KOFFER is a kind of road movie across Europe. From the Swiss Alps to Eastern Poland, from Stromboli to Iceland. Always following the scenery's magically charged contours. Immersing yourself, letting yourself be infected, then travelling on. Roman Signer determines the route that we are moving on and the film improvises along the way.
Being on the road also means tracking down the right places. Signer brings them alive using his own personal instruments, brilliantly simple operations full of subtle humour. «Simple» poems being transmitted into space with INSTRUMENTS as gunpowder, fuse, rubber boots, balloons, stool, small table ... and a three wheeled Plaggio.
SIGNERS KOFFER is also a journey through the state of mind. A tightrope walk between fun and melancholy. Mental danger, too, becomes the stimulus of the senses. Sudden crashes, abrupt changes of mood determine the rhythm and atmosphere of this cinematic journey.

«In balance between Schalk and melancholy... On the way with the artist Roman Signer - an attempt at the ideal cruising speed.»

«I have a sensitive hearing - I am almost ashamed for the noise which an explosion causes.»
Roman Signer

French, German, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles are available only in download format.


  • Original Title
    Signers Koffer
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Peter Liechti
  • Cinematography
    Peter Liechti
  • Editing
    Dieter Gränicher
  • Music
    Knut Remond
  • Sound
    Peter Guyer, Res Balzli, Ingrid Städel
  • Runtime
    85 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Production
      • Liechti Filmproduction
      • Birmensdorferstr.51
      • CH-8004 Zürich
      • Switzerland
      • web:
      • tel: +41 44 242-61-09
      • cell: +41 79 502-21-53
      • fax: +41 44 242-61-09
  • Festivals
    • Visions du Réel, Nyon, 1996
    • Locarno 1996
    • Duisburg 1996
    • Leipzig 1996
    • Viennale 1996
    • Diagonale Graz, 1998
    • MoMa New York 2008
    • Crossing Festival Beijing 2008
    • IFF Rotterdam 2009 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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