Portrait of an exceptional writer – the mysterious Swiss Robert Walser. Productive, much-loved, went insane, got forgotten, rediscovered long after his death. He died on Christmas Day 1956, walking in the snow. He had been in a psychiatric institution since 1933, and was no longer writing. But countless notes were found in shoe boxes.

We travel to the addresses in Bern – over forty of them – where Walser lived during his most productive period (1920-1933). Gradually, from house to house and through excerpts from his texts, his restless life unfolds. A peripatetic existence for a restless spirit who found a home in sensitive works with a feather-light touch. Florian Haag graduated from Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design with this strikingly mature film.

International title
The Villain Robert Otto
Filmmaker
Florian Haag
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Germany
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
59’
Language
German
Producer
Florian Haag
Sales
Florian Haag
Writer
Robert Walser, Florian Haag
Cinematography
Iuri Maia Jost
Editor
Florian Haag
Sound Design
Martin Buntz
Cast
Martin Rentzsch, Lisa Schlegel, Georgios Tzitzikos