Brief synopsis

    As the new community of Monte Verità (the Mountain of Truth) set about learning how to feed and support themselves, the old world order was not so eager to embrace feminism, veganism, free love, and nudity. Even as the parents of the group members cut off all support, the list of artists and thinkers who frequented the place reads like a laundry list of the great minds of the last century. Freud, Jung, and even Lenin, made regular visitations. One of the most central figures at Monte Verità was Otto Gross, a protégé of Freud and the only child of Hans Gross, who invented the science of criminology. Otto Gross’s later trial and incarceration (at the behest of his father) supposedly inspired Franz Kafka to write The Trial. Hermann Hesse (author of Steppenwolf) was similarly inspired by the commune’s residents, which included Gusto Gräser, whose proto-hippy garb and messianic ways attracted legions of followers. Choreographer and dancer Mary Wigman worked closely with dance pioneer Rudolf Laban at Monte Verità before setting out to reinvent modern dance.(


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    Ida HoffmanJudith Rosmair


    Director of photographyHenrik Ipsen
    Director of photographyLars Skree
    Costume designerKristin Johansson-Lassbo
    DirectorCarl Javér
    EditorCarl Javér
    ComposerKjetil Schjander-Larsen
    ProducerFredrik Lange
    ScreenwriterCarl Javér
    ScreenwriterDavid Wingate
    ScreenwriterFredrik Lange
    Production sound mixerJürgen Schönhoff

    Production companies

    Vilda Bomben Film AB [se]
    Filmgate Films [se]Koproduzent Filmproduktions GmbH [de]Koproduzent
    Film i Väst [se]Koproduzent
    MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk [de]Koproduzent
    Arte [de/fr]In association with
    DR - Danish Broadcasting Corporation [dk]In association with
    NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting [no]In association with
    ruv [is]In association with
    SVT - Sveriges Television AB [se]In association with
    YLE TV1 Coproductions [fi]In association with

    Distributing companies

    Deckert Distribution GmbH [de]


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Carl Javér2014G÷teborg Film Festival [se[Dragon AwardNominated
    Carl Javér2014WorldMediaFestivalGrand Award - DokumentationWinner