THE WOODCHUCK HUNT tells the story of the left-wing journalist Albert Trebla who flees with his wife Xane to St. Moritz in the Swiss alps after the Nazis came into power in Vienna in 1938. Any activity around them poses a potential threat – even the blond and blue-eyed woodchuck hunters. Are they German spies? In the idyll of the mountains paranoia kicks in and the story spirals into the grotesque.
The book adaption of the correspondent novel by Ulrich Becher brings an astonishing touch of dark humour to an era that we often see in a different tone. Trebla and his wife Xane prove that anti-fascism is not merely a fighting term, but a way of life that combines empathy, humour and courage.
Switzerland / Austria / Luxembourg (tbc)
Duration approx. 120 min.
Genre Dark Comedy, Literature Film Adaptation
Languages German, Swiss German
Production Milan Film AG
Producers Cyrill Gerber, Caroline Meier
Expected Delivery 2027 MORE...
With the support of
Fachausschuss Film und Medienkunst Basel-Stadt / Basel-Landschaft
Bundesamt für Kultur (FOC)