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Flying Home

A film by Tobias Wyss

Synopsis

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

Technical Details

Format35 mm
Duration80 min
Year2011
Original LanguageGerman, English, Japanese
SubtitlesEnglish
CountrySwitzerland
ISAN0000-0002-7E3C-0000-U-0000-0000-L

More Infos

  • Festivals

    46. Solothurner Filmtage 2011

    January 20, 2011 - January 27, 2011

    Swiss Films Festival in São Paulo, Brasilien

    March 01, 2011 - March 06, 2011

    Prager Filmfest 2011

    October 01, 2011 - October 03, 2011

    40. Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal, 2011

    October 12, 2011 - October 23, 2011

  • Credits

    Protagonists

    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

    Sound

    Patrick Becker

    Peter Zwierko

    Editing

    Mirjam Krakenberger

    Animation

    Severin Kuhn

    Original music

    Daniel Almada

    Mischung

    Jürg von Allmen C.A.S.

    Voice-over

    Peter Schweiger

    Voice-over

    Liliana Heimberg

    Production manager and assistant director

    Peter Zwierko

    Producer

    Hercli Bundi

    Associate Producer

    Vadim Jendreyko

    In co-production with

    Schweizer Radio & Fernsehen