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Film info: Happiness Is a Warm Gun

Film Information

Original Title Happiness Is a Warm Gun
English Title Happiness Is a Warm Gun
Director Thomas Imbach
Year 2001
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 90 min
  • Linda Olsansky, Herbert Fritsch, Angelika Waller, Sir Henry, Ingrid Sattes
  • Guión: Thomas Imbach, Peter Purtschert, Jürg Hassler
  • Fotografía: Jürg Hassler, Thomas Imbach
  • Edición: Thomas Imbach, Jürg Hassler
  • Montaje: Thomas Imbach


On 20 October 1992 I read in the paper that the army general Gert Bastian had shot Petra Kelly, the Green Party freedom fighter of the 1980s, while she was asleep. Shortly afterwards he shoot himself. The story hit me like a bolt of lightning, even though I was no great admirer of Kelly. It was the gunshot that fascinated me; I wanted to find out more. I was not satisfied by the wild speculation in the media –rumours of a nuclear mafia, the Chinese secret service, jealousy, etc.– or by the general outcry about an ex-general shooting her while she was asleep. It was clear to me from the start that the shooting was a consequence of her own love story, that Petra herself had been partly responsible for his pulling the trigger. I wanted to resurrect her in a film and, as it were, give her a chance to understand her own death.


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