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April 29, 2019

Eisenberger – in Munich and in Warsaw

The festival release of EISENBERGER – ART MUST BE BEAUTIFUL, AS THE FROG SAYS TO THE FLY will be continued in Munich and Warsaw:

The film will be shown at the Dokfest-München in the Pinakothek der Moderne on Saturday 11.05.2019 at 16h followed by a film talk and on Sunday 19.05.2019 at 16h.

At the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival in Warsaw the film will be shown twice in the presence of the director on Monday 13.05.2019 at 20.45h and on Tuesday 14.05 in the Kinoteka, as well as on Saturday 18.05 at 14h in the Iluzjon.

March 25, 2019

Eisenberger in cinema theatres

EISENBERGER - ART MUST BE BEAUTIFUL, AS THE FROG SAYS TO THE FLY is currently shown in Swiss cinemas. Click here for the film screenings.

The Press reports about the movie:

«The most beautiful creative chaos in recent film history» (Züritipp)

«Art is when you do it anyway» (NZZ)

«A stirring portrait» (MovieNews)

«A muscleman who pushes himself to the limits - or beyond them» (BZBasel)

«On the trail of the serial offender» (WOZ Magazin)

In addition, the Zurich gallery Nicola von Senger is showing new works by Christian Eisenberger until mid-May.

March 07, 2019

Eisenberger - at Diagonale Graz and in competition at Bolzano Film Festival 2019

The Austrian festival premiere of EISENBERGER – ART MUST BE BEAUTIFUL, AS THE FROG SAYS TO THE FLY will take place at the Diagonale – Festival des österreichischen Films on Wednesday 20 March.

The film will travel afterwards to Italy. From 4 to 19 April 2019, the Bolzano Film Festival shows creative feature documentaries from Italy, Austria, Germany and Switzerland, thus providing an insight into the rich, contemporary European cinema beyond convention and mainstream.

EISENBERGER - KUNST MUSS SCHÖN SEIN, SAGT DER FROSCH ZUR FLIEGE is one of eight documentaries in the competition of the Bolzano Film Festival 2019.

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February 24, 2019

Eisenberger – Cinema Release in Switzerland

EISENBERGER – KUNST MUSS SCHÖN SEIN, SAGT DER FROSCH ZUR FLIEGE will be released on 28 of March in Swiss Cinemas.

An Exhibition with new worky by Christian Eisenberger will take place at the gallery Nicola von Senger in Zurich from March 15 until mid of May.

Special screenings with the artist Christian Eisenberger and the director Hercli Bundi are announced for:

21.03.2019 at 20h Kino Rex in Bern

22.03.2019 at 12.15h (Lunchkino Special) Arthouse Le Paris in Zürich

23.03.2019 at 20h Stattkino Luzern

24.03.2019 at 11.30h Kult.Kino Basel

24.03.2019 1t 17.30h Kinocenter Chur (Director alone)

05.04.2019 um 20.15 Uhr at Cameo Winterthur (Director alone)

December 14, 2018

Eisenberger – Nominated for Prix de Soleure

We are happy that the Solothurner Filmtage have nominated  EISENBERGER – ART MUST BE BEAUTIFUL, AS THE FROG SAYS TO THE FLY for the Prix de Soleure, because the film does «contribute to relevant  discussions and is convincing in it's cinematographic approach». (quote from the invitation).

The film will be screened on January 26th at 17.45h in the Landhaus and on January 28th at 18h in the Reithalle.

The cinema release in Switzerland will start in March.

October 10, 2018

Eisenberger – World Premiere at the Filmfestival DOK Leipzig

We are happy to celebrate the world premiere at the Filmfestival DOK Leipzig in the international program. The film will be screened on Tuesday 30 of October at 14:00h in the Schaubühne Lindenfels and on Wednesday 31 of October at  21:30h  in the Passage Kinos Universum. Christian Eisenberger, Hercli Bundi and part of the crew and protagonists will be present.


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Christian Eisenberger

Script & Director

Hercli Bundi


Nela Märki


Adrian Stähli

Aurelio Buchwalder

Christian Eisenberger

Hercli Bundi


Patrick Becker

Mathias Hefel

Hercli Bundi


Daniel Almada

Sound Design

Daniel Almada

Dominik Avenwedde

Nela Märki


Peter Zwierko

Associate Producer

Hercli Bundi

Vadim Jendreyko

Marketing & Outreach

Susanne Guggenberger

In coproduction with

SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Redaktion SRF

Urs Augstburger

Denise Chervet

With financial support of

Bundesamt für Kultur

Fachausschuss Film und Medienkunst BS/BL

Zürcher Filmstiftung

Kulturfonds Suissimage

UBS Kulturstiftung

Kulturförderung Kanton Graubünden

Fondation Suisa