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Douglas Sirk - Hope as in Despair

OT: Douglas Sirk - Hope as in Despair

Roman Hüben // Switzerland, Germany, France, 2022
Documentary Feature // FF2022



DOCUMENTARY Douglas Sirk was the master of cinematic melodrama. This fascinating, emotional portrait reveals that the ultimate melodrama was Sirk’s own life. It is the key to understanding his work. He discovered Zarah Leander and made her a star in the mid-1930s. Later, in the USA, he catapulted Rock Hudson from no-name to screen icon. And in the 1950s Douglas Sirk reinvented the melodrama. But who was the man who suddenly left Hollywood at the height of his fame and moved to Switzerland? In interviews with among others Todd Haynes and hitherto unpublished excerpts from his wife’s diaries, the film gets closer to this mysterious genius. We discover a life story marked by hope, disillusionment, love and death.



Presented by


ROMAN HÜBEN (*1990 in Cologne) grew up in Switzerland and graduated in 2014 from the ECAL art school in Lausanne. Douglas Sirk – Hope as in Despair is his first full-length documentary.



Douglas Sirk - Hope as in Despair

Documentary Feature

German, English, French


Switzerland, Germany, France


76 min

OV with German subtitles

Roman Hüben

Roman Hüben

Protagonist*innen/Protagonists: Todd Haynes, Jon Halliday, Bernard Eisenschitz, Denis Rossano, Hanna Schygulla

Nicola Genni, Coproducers: Stefan Pannen, Christophe Gougeon, Fabrizio Polpettini

Mathieu Gaudet

Camille Bonard, Timothée Zurbuchen (sound recordists), Riccardo Studer (sound mix)

Marylou Vergez

Martin Perret

Silvana Bezzola Rigolini (RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera), Sabine Bubeck-Paaz (ZDF)



Berlin Producers Media; Acqua Alta; La Bête

SRG SSR; RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera; ZDF / ARTE, Ciné+

Picfilm, Nicola Genni: info@picfilm.ch



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