Archive of films Lucky Jack - Three Attempts to Stop Smoking / Hans im Glück - Drei Versuche, das Rauchen loszuwerden

2003, 88 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2004

Filmmaker Peter Liechti smoked for 30 long years. This film presents an unusual method of kicking the habit. With a backpack and a video camera he set out on a hike through eastern Switzerland. A tragicomic essay, the movie is dedicated to all smokers and all those addicted to anything whatsoever.  


Filmmaker Peter Liechti smoked for 30 long years. This film presents an unusual method of kicking the habit. The determined man sets out on a hike from Zurich to his home town of St. Gallen, where he first fell victim to his addiction. He is prepared to repeat the journey (on foot and by rail) until he is successful; this happens the third time around. His original intention of discovering the source of his dependence through walking (and thereby beating it) gradually became a search for roots, for a lost dialogue with home and country. The director dedicated his “hikers’ road movie” to all smokers and all those addicted to anything whatsoever. This documentary journal, replete with self-irony, links shots of the journey – representing the restless view of the traveller – with archive footage (of parents; Siberia, Africa).

About the director

Peter Liechti (b. 1951, St. Gallen) studied art history at university in Zurich from 1971 to 1979, and is a certified drawing instructor. Since 1986 he has been a freelance filmmaker: screenwriter, cameraman and director. His films have taken awards at various festivals, including Locarno, Turin, Leipzig, Saarbrücken and Solothurn. Selected filmography: Ausflug ins Gebirge (1986), Kick That Habit (1989), A Hole in the Hat (1991), Martha’s Garden (1997), Lucky Jack- Three Attempts to Stop Smoking (2003), Namibia Crossings (2004).  


Swiss Films
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Liechti Filmproduktion
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Accent Films International
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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Screenplay: Peter Liechti
Dir. of Photography: Peter Liechti
Music: Norbert Möslang, Fredy Studer
Editor: Tania Stöcklin
Producer: Peter Liechti
Production: Liechti Filmproduktion
Contact: Swiss Films, Liechti Filmproduktion, Accent Films International


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