Flying Home

A film by Tobias Wyss


In 1939, Walter Otto Wyss emigrated to the USA after a tragic car accident. There, he developed a revolutionary hybrid automobile that was never produced. After a love affair with an African-American dancer in Los Angeles he lived in Tokyo at the end of the 1950s as a recluse and learned Japanese. He spent the last 30 years of his life alone on Hawaii. Despite many opportunities to fulfil his dreams of freedom, success and security, he can never quite set himself free from Switzerland, his mother and his self-reproach and misses the chance to find happiness.

Walter‘s nephew, director Tobias Wyss, tells the story of his uncle in a personal manner, making use of moving photographs and videos from the family archive. The Zurich director reconstructs the contradictory biography of his uncle in seven episodes.

«Towards the evening I had got used to my strange, frugal, lonely uncle - and I started to like him more and more.»
Tobias Wyss, filmmaker

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  • Credits


    Walter Otto Wyss

    Elia Moghini

    Pat und Dale Rummer

    Bob Burnham

    Martinique Landois

    Masayuki Ishiguro

    Keiko Saito

    Eugene Drzymala

    Written and directed by

    Tobias Wyss

    Director of photography

    Andreas Birkle

    Tobias Wyss


    Patrick Becker

    Peter Zwierko


    Mirjam Krakenberger


    Severin Kuhn

    Original music

    Daniel Almada


    Jürg von Allmen C.A.S.


    Peter Schweiger


    Liliana Heimberg

    Production manager and assistant director

    Peter Zwierko


    Hercli Bundi

    Associate Producer

    Vadim Jendreyko

    In co-production with

    Schweizer Radio & Fernsehen

  • Technical Details
    Format35 mm
    Duration80 min
    Original LanguageGerman, English, Japanese
  • Festivals

    40. Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal, 2011

    October 12, 2011 - October 23, 2011

    Prager Filmfest 2011

    October 01, 2011 - October 03, 2011

    Swiss Films Festival in São Paulo, Brasilien

    March 01, 2011 - March 06, 2011

    46. Solothurner Filmtage 2011

    January 20, 2011 - January 27, 2011