This hypnotic (Peter DeBruge, Variety) film was an Official Selection at Hot Docs (2009), winner of the European Documentary Film Award Prix Arte (2009), winner of the Zürich FILM award (2009), and was an Official Selection at the Silverdocs Film Festival (2009)
... a poetic exploration of life ... evocative, haunting. - indieWIRE
The Sound of Insects
New York, NY - July 5, 2011 - Lorber Films is proud to announce the DVD release of Peter Liechti's The Sound of Insects (2010), a powerful account of a man, alone in the wilderness, recording his thoughts in a diary while undergoing debilitating mental and physical deterioration as he commits suicide by starvation.
This hypnotic (Peter DeBruge, Variety) film was an Official Selection at Hot Docs (2009), winner of the European Documentary Film Award Prix Arte (2009), winner of the Zürich FILM award (2009), and was an Official Selection at the Silverdocs Film Festival (2009). The film arrives on DVD, priced at $29.95, with a prebook date of June 21, 2011, and a street date of July 19, 2011.
In a remote wintry forest, a hunter discovers the mummified corpse of a 40-year-old man. A diary is found near the body, detailing the man's everyday thoughts as he commits suicide through self-imposed starvation.
Based on an incredible true story, and adapted from the novella Miira Ni Naru Made (Until I Am a Mummy) by Shimada Masahiko, Peter Liechti's The Sound of Insects is a stunning investigation into the mystery of the man's enigmatic self-destructive motivations.
Taking on his point-of-view, the film presents the notebook entries as stream-of-consciousness musings on the world around him as his body dissipates, an attempt to piece together the causes of his disillusionment. With luminous cinematography of the vaulting trees that surround his tented tomb, and of hallucinated memories of the cities and people he left behind, The Sound of Insects is a hypnotic and transcendent meditation on how the renunciation of life paradoxically reveals its beauty.
The Sound of Insects
Director: Peter Liechti
Prebook date: June 21, 2011
Street date: July 19, 2011
2010 · Switzerland · 16:9 · 88 minutes · English · Not Rated · Color and B&W
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