Freak Out!

Documentary Film / Germany-Sweden-Denmark-Norway / 2014 / 86′

  • Author:Carl Javér, Fredrik Lange, David Wingate
  • Director:Carl Javér
  • DOP:Henrik Ipsen, Carl Javér, Lars Skree
  • Editor:Carl Javér
  • World Sales:Deckert Distribution
  • Festivals:Göteborg IFF 2014

Long-haired barefoot people. Free love! Veganism! Experiments with drugs… The sixties, right? Not quite. Over a hundred years ago just outside the little village Ascona, in southern Switzerland, the alternative movement was born. This is their forgotten story.

FREAK OUT! tells the untold story of a group of middleclass kids who in 1900 revolted against their time and started the original alternative community. A community based on veganism, feminism, pacifism and free love. Soon it attracted most of Europe’s cultural radicals. Through their eyes we unfold the uncanny similarities between our time and what they revolted against in the early 20th century.

In co-production with Vilda Bomben Film AB, Filmgate Films, Final Cut for Real, Hallum og Jensen, Film i Väst and MDR in association with arte, SVT, NRK, DR, YLE and RUV. Supported by SFI, DFI, NFI, MEDIA, Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Swedish Arts Grants Committee.