Father’s Garden – The Love of My Parents / Vaters Garten – Die Liebe meiner Eltern

„For heaven’s sake – what a question!“ exclaims the mother as her son begins the conversation; they had avoided one another for decades.
The film traces a reencounter between the director and his aged parents. It is an attempt at a personal revision of the past. In the process, a new view of his parents emerged, which also provides again and again insight into a bygone era. The story of their marriage, however, borders on a classic drama, leaving us feeling forlorn and miserable even today.



Country of Production

Year of Production

DCP, BluRay

93 min

Peter Liechti

Liechti Filmproduktion in co-production with SRF & SRG/SSR

Original Language
English, Swiss German, German

English, French, Spanish, German

Festivals / Awards

Berlinale 2013 (TAGESSPIEGEL Readers' Prize)
Visions du Réel Nyon 2013 (Special Prize of the Jury – SSA/Suissimage for the most innovative swiss feature or middle-length film [out of all sections])
Crossing Europe IFF Linz 2013 (Fedeora Documentary Award)
Planete+ Documentary FF Warsaw 2013
Karlovy Vary IFF 2013
Message to Man FF St. Petersburg 2013
Busan IFF 2013
DocsBuenosAires 2013
Dok Leipzig 2013
Forum of European Cinema CINERGIA Lodz 2013
RIDM Montréal 2013
Rotterdam IFF 2014
Docpoint Helsinki IDF 2014
Audi German FF in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane 2014
Visions du Réel Nyon 2014 (Tribute to Peter Liechti)
DOK.fest Munich 2014 (Tribute to Peter Liechti)
Sao Paulo IFF 2014
Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival 2014
L’Alternativa FF Barcelona 2014
Vilnius IDF 2018

Swiss Film Award 2014 for Best Documentary
Swiss Film Award 2014 for Best Editing Tania Stöcklin