Scene from the film Martha's Garten
Scene from the film Martha's Garten
Scene from the film Martha's Garten
Scene from the film Martha's Garten
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Martha's Garten

  • Switzerland
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Since weeks it's cold and wet. It's already late, Karl Winter is on his way home. Under dark circumstances he accidentally meets a woman of mysterious fascination - Martha... And so begins a love story of fatal dynamics which throws Karl far off the tracks of reason. Wicked dreams and subliminal changes in Karl's surroundings confirm his feelings that with Martha the uncanniness has also entered his life.

«Marthas Garten» is a piece of cinema in dark black and white, a winter drama as murderous as comical. A film about isolation and the creeping process of slowly going insane in a climate of obstinately defended stupidity.»

«We sank and sank and fell deeper into each others arms. Disaster was lurking out there somewhere - I was wary but didn't know about what… »

French subtitles are available for download only in DVD format.


  • Original Title
    Marthas Garten
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Peter Liechti
  • Cinematography
    Werner Penzel
  • Editing
    Dieter Gränicher
  • Music
    Martin Schütz (Komposition, Produktion) Vibraphon: Tini Hägler Schlagzeug: Jonas Cslovjecsek Bass, El. Cello, Sampler: Martin Schütz
  • Sound
    Ingrid Städeli
  • Runtime
    89 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Locarno 1997
    • IFF Rotterdam 1997
    • Toronto 1997
    • Saarbrücken 1997
    • Hof 1997
    • Solothurner Filmtage 1998
    • Sarajevo FF 1998
    • IFF Rotterdam 2009
    • IFF La Rochelle 2010 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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