Directed by Danielle Jaeggi

Documentary | 2008 | 67 min

Produced by Les Films d'ici, Graffiti Doc, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG SRR, ARTE & Louise Productions



The mythology of sanatoriums was immortalized in a famous novel by Thomas Mann who used them as a metaphor for Europe’s headlong rush towards the First World War : a world apart on the sunny peaks of the Swiss Alps, in elegant Art Deco buildings, where time no longer seems to exist.
Naps in the sun on the terrace, short walks and frequent meals in the sumptuous dining rooms; a world of unique relationships, of light-hearted despair, inhabited by young people, where the echoes of the world are muffled…

The tuberculosis also has a very unusual status: “The whole disease is simply transformed by love”, writes Mann, falling in with a long tradition that sees it as a “spiritual” affliction that heightens desire and ennobles the patient…


Un film proposé par : Enrica CAPRA

Screenplay and direction : Danielle JAEGGI

Participants (in order of appearence) : Vincent BARRAS - Historian of medicine, Urs GREDIG - Historian et journalist, Dr. phil. Uriel GAST - Historian at the University of Zurich & Dr. Marc PERRENOUD - Historian

Director of photography : Ned BURGESS

Camera assistant : Nina BERNFELD

Additional camera : Milivoj IVKOVIC

Gaffer - grip : André PINKUS

Sound operator: Patrick BECKER

Props master : Chloé POMPON-LEVAINVILLE

Props assistant : Robert DILL

Editing : Sophie REITER

Color grading : Thibault CAQUOT

Sound editing, sound illustration, sound mixer : Jérôme VITTOZ

Documentaliste : Guenda BERNEGGER

Transcriptions and translations : Bettina GREINER

Translations voiceover : Barbara ERNI

Additional translations : Heike HURST   

Casting german voices : Bettina SCHMID

German voices recording : Rolf BÜTTIKOFER   

French voices

Narrator's voice : Françoise LEBRUN

Father's voice : Valéry GAILLARD

Peter Kleinman's voice : Régis LAROCHE

German voices

Narrator's voice : Barbara GRIMM

Father's voice : Christoph GAUGLER

Peter Kleinman's voice : Dominique JANN

Music : Rainier LERICOLAIS

Photo archive : Bibliothèque de Davos, Timothy NELSON & Walter Reiss

Fonds de photos Schatzalp et Davos : Benjamin MILLER

Archiv für Zeitgeschichte ETH-Zurich : Jonas ARNOLD

Kleinmann Family Foundation : Naomi KRAMER

Film archives  : Cinémathèque Suisse Lausanne, Michel DIND

Footage Farm, Angleterre

Bundesarchiv / Transit Film GmbH

Other archives and documents : Référence Moses Silberroth, Peter BOLLIER

Staatsarchiv Graubünden (Recherches sur Moses Silberroth) : Ursus BRUNOLD

Institut Nyuni•Trayecto (Ancien sanatorium hollandais) : Dennis VAN DER VALK

Production : 

Louise Productions

Les Films d'ici

Graffiti Doc

RTS, Radio Télévision Suisse



Producers : 

Elisabeth Garbar

Heinz Dill

Serge Lalou

Laura Briand

Enrica Capra

Executives producers :  Elisabeth Garbar & Heinz Dill