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April 4–9, 2024, Graz

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David wants to fly
Documentary Film, DE/CH/AT 2010, Farbe, 96 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2010

Director, Script: David Sieveking
Camera: Adrian Stähli
Editor: Martin Kayser-Landwehr
Location Sound: Johannes Schmelzer
Music: Karl Stirner
Sounddesign: Stefan Soltau, Björn Wiese
Producers: Martin Heisler, Carl-Ludwig Rettinger, Johannes Rosenberger, Werner Schweizer
Production: Lichtblick Media (DE), Lichtblick Film (DE)
Co-production: Navigator Film, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion (CH), BR, BR/arte, SF, ORF


In the late 50s, the guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi arrived in Hollywood to propagate his school of meditation and “achieve world peace”. He attracted numerous prominent followers, including the Beatles, Mia Farrow and Clint Eastwood. (…) David, a young filmmaker seeking inspiration, is also prepared to give Transcendental Meditation (TM) a try. Not least because his great professional idol, legendary director David Lynch, has personally assured him that this form of meditation is a great source of creativity and the key to success. (Production notes)