ALPTRAUM - The last great adventure

Armed with a camera and plenty of reckless enthusiasm, two childhood friends decide to take on the adventure of spending the summer an alpine pasture. The two plan mainly to revive their friendship of old and get in touch with nature. Easier said than done. There is no place for amateurs in the mountains. The project turns sour rather quickly and gets only worse by weird turns of events. The alpine environment is hostile. Taking care of the livestock turns into another nightmare. Moreover, the two friends start fighting over the heart of a beautiful shepherdess. Thus, what started out as an uplifting summer project becomes a quagmire of false hopes and wrong ambitions. Being a cowherd is no easy job after all. Five years later, what is left of that harrowing experience is a film that stands as a personal account of an idea gone awry. Chronicle of a failure but also incredibly funny at times, the great ideal of alpine freedom gets very un-Swiss treatment in this film. Cows and mountains have never looked so alien. Alptraum is a one-of-a-kind Film: the Heimat Film gone beserk!

  • Manuel Lobmaier
  • Manuel Lobmaier
  • Steve Walker
    Buebe gö z Tanz, 4000.-, Aschenbrüder
  • Markus Heiniger
    Buebe gö z Tanz, 4000.-, Aschenbrüder
  • Manuel Lobmaier
    Key Cast
  • Robin Locher
    Key Cast
  • Flora Klein
    Key Cast
  • Jann Dominique
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Alptraum - Das letzte Abenteuer
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy, Nature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    95,000 CHF
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  • Language:
    German, Swiss German
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  • Visions du Réel
    April 18, 2016
    World Premiere
    Nomination Helvetique
Distribution Information
  • MovieBiz Films
    Country: Switzerland
    Rights: Theatrical
Director Biography - Manuel Lobmaier

Born 1981 in Adliswil (Switzerland). He did a Bachelor of Arts in Video & Film at ECAV (École Cantonale d’Art du Valais), Sierre. He works as cinematographer, director, screenwriter and musician.

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Director Statement

To me, the alp always was an allegory for a peculiar kind of freedom, even though I couldn’t tell why. Of course, there is this incredibly beautiful scenery of a life on the alp, which somehow accompanies all of us in our imagination: being in an alp cottage, alone or in a small team, mountains, the chime of cowbells and maybe, from far away, the sound of a brook.
But still: How is the hard work and heavy responsibility of a herdsman compatible with the feeling of freedom? This question may be one of the reasons why I went on a alp with my once best friend Robin – with a camera in my pocket to document our life up there.

Already in mid-summer, everything had changed: Endless arguments, rain lasting for weeks and many dead animals (too many to show all of them in the movie), in addition sickness and permanent excessive demands. There was no space anymore for dreams. I more and more perceived the alp as a prison, from which I cannot escape.

First thing after our return I stowed away the tapes with the recordings in a closet. I didn’t have the slightest desire to see these pictures again – too close was the memory of our failure as herdsmen, friends and humans.
Only some time later, when I once again got annoyed about another cliché-ridden Alp-movie, I made the decision: producing a movie from the material we collected. A documentation which extends the image of the alp by the possibility of disharmony and captivity and by the awareness that there is always confrontation where (relatively) untamed nature meets humans. Confrontation with our limits, our insignificance – where again the potential to another freedom lies.