Freak Out! / Monte Verità. Der Traum vom alternativen Leben

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.



Country of Production
Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Norway

Year of Production


58 / 86 min

Carl Javér

Vilda Bomben Film in co-production with Filmproduktion, Filmgate Films, Final Cut for Real, Hallum og Jensen, Film i Väst and MDR in association with ARTE, SVT, NRK, DR, YLE, RUV

Original Language
German, English

English, German, French

Festivals / Awards

Göteborg IFF 2014
Tempo IDF Stockholm 2014 (Honorable Mention in Doc Award Competition)
Den Norske Dokumentarfilmfestivalen Volda 2014
Docville IDF Leuven 2014
DOXA IDF Vancouver 2014
MakeDox IDF Skopje 2014 (Onion Award for Best Film in the International Competition)
Available Light FF Yukon 2015
DocuDays Kyiv 2015
Green FF Seoul 2015 (Best Feature Film Award and Audience Choice Award)