Der grosse Sommer

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Der Grosse Sommer
Der grosse Sommer - CH kino poster January 2016 for EN-WP.jpg
Mathias Gnädinger and Loïc Sho Güntensperger on the film poster for the Swiss cinemas
Directed byStefan Jäger
Produced byKatrin Renz
Written byTheo Plakoudakis
Marco Salituro
StarringMathias Gnädinger
Music byAngelo Berardi
CinematographyKnut Schmitz
Edited byRobin Wenger
Distributed byImpuls Pictures AG[1]
Release date
  • 28 January 2016 (2016-01-28)[2]
Running time
100 minutes
LanguageSwiss German

Der grosse Sommer (English: The great Sommer) is a Swiss-German language film that was released in Switzerland on 28 January 2016. Produced partly in Japan, it is the last film starring Mathias Gnädinger.[3]


Plot (excerpt)[edit]

Anton Sommer (Mathias Gnädinger) is retired and lives quietly in the countryside. Once a popular Swiss wrestler, Sommer now tinkers with his bottle ships and wants to be left alone. However, Hiro (Loïc Sho Güntensperger) does not respect Sommer's seclusive live. When Hiro's grandmother, the owner of Sommer's apartment, unexpectedly dies, the boy asks Sommer to accompany him to the south of Japan where Hiro intends to attend a school for Sumo wrestlers. Sommer does not intend to fulfill Hiro's wish, concluded with his past. But the little boy is just as stubborn as Sommer; after Hiro threatens him with terminating his lease, the old man fulfills the boy's wish. Sommer leaves Switzerland for the first time in his life, and the two travel to Japan to start developing a strong friendship.[2]


The title of the film refers to the German surname Sommer, and to the German word for "summer". The term gross (meaning "tall") refers to the protagonist's statur, and also to "great".


Mathias Gnädinger on the promotional film poster during the production

Mathias Gnädinger died on 3 April 2015, but the filming in Switzerland and Japan was finished in autumn 2014, thus as of April 2015 the post production works not yet finished. Tellfilm decided to release the film in (late) summer 2015 instead of 2016 as planned and again re-scheduled. The film was released in Switzerland on 28 January 2016. The script bases on two intense research trips to Japan. The production is supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, the Zürich Film Foundation and the so-called Migros Kulturprozent.[1]

The production works in Japan were documented by 10vor10, and Gnädiger was absolutely fascinated by the old Japanese tradition, and his ten-year-old co-star Loïc Sho of Swiss-Japanese origin. Gnädinger was told to get in touch with the Swiss wrestling (Schwingen) just one time as a boy.[5] Ursula Gnädinger assisted her husband at the production works as make-up artist.[6] Gnädinger's son Gilles plays Sommer as a young man.[7][8]



The Swiss comedy premierred on 14 December 2015 in Tokyo,[10] on 23 January at the 2016 Solothurn Film Festival in Europe,[11] and started in the Swiss cinemas on 28 January 2016.[9]

Home media[edit]

The film was released under the title Der grosse Sommer in the DVD format (RC2) on 25 August 2016. The home release includes language versions in German and Swiss German, and subtitles in English, French, Italian, Japanese and German.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Der grosse Sommer" (in German). Archived from the original on 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2015-07-19.
  2. ^ a b "Der grosse Sommer" (in German). Retrieved 2015-07-19.
  3. ^ Michael Sennhauser (2015-04-04). "An Aufhören dachte Mathias Gnädinger nicht" (in German). SRF Kultur. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Der grosse Sommer (2015)" (in German). Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  5. ^ "Endstation Japan" (in German). 10vor10. 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2015-04-07.
  6. ^ "Jörg Schneider: "Gnädinger gehörte zur ersten Garde"" (in German). Zürcher Oberländer. 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  7. ^ "Gnädingers letzter Film kommt im Sommer in die Kinos" (in German). Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen. 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2015-07-19.
  8. ^ Léa Spirig (2015-04-05). "Fischer über Gnädinger: "Die späte Liebe war ein Glücksfall"" (in German). G&G Spezial. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  9. ^ a b Michael Sennhauser (2016-01-27). "Gnädingers letzte Premiere: Der grosse Sommer" (in German). Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen SRF Kultur. Retrieved 2016-01-29. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ "filmographie" (in German). Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  11. ^ "Programm" (in German). Solothurner Filmtage. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  12. ^ "Der grosse Sommer" (in German). Ex Libris (bookshop). Retrieved 2017-01-01.

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