Stefan Haupt

2002 98 min.

Original Version in English and German

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Technical specs

    • Coproducers: SF DRS i SRG SSR Idàe Suisse
    • Director: Stefan Haupt
    • Music: Laus Wiese, Peter Landis
    • Producer: Fontana Films
    • Not recommended for children under thirteen years



Elisabeth Kübler-Ross devoted her life to death and dying and achieved world fame in the process. With her humane and down-to-earth approach, she has done much to destigmatize dying and to improve the treatment of terminally-ill patients of all ages. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross has led a highly unusual life, starting from her birth in Switzerland in 1926 as a 2-pound triplet.

She attended medical school against her family’s wishes and struggled for recognition as a woman doctor in Switzerland and a psychiatrist in the United States. In 1969 her work with dying patients in Chicago brought her sudden fame with the publication of her first book On Death and Dying. S

he has since published more than a dozen books and given countless workshops and lectures all over the world. In the film 76 years old, she has suffered 6 strokes, and lives in isolation outside Phoenix, Arizona. She died on August 24, 2004. The core of the film is a visit to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in Arizona. What is her daily life like today? How does she view her life and career? And how is she facing her own aging and death? Alongside these conversations, the film also looks back at her life and work in Switzerland and the United States. There are appearances by friends, colleagues, and relatives – including her triplet sisters.

About direction (Stefan Haupt)

From 1985 to 1988 Stefan Haupt graduated from the Acting Academy Zurich . Since 1989 he has been working as a freelance filmmaker and director and lives in Zurich . From 2008 to 2010 was president of the Association Stefan Haupt Filmmakers Switzerland ( ARF / FDS ) from 2007 to 2012, he was active in the boards of trustees of Swiss Films . He is the owner of the production company Fontana Film GmbH .

Awards & Festivals

  • Swiss Film Prize: Nominated to the Best Documentary. Switzerland, 2003
  • DocAviv Documentary Film Festival. Israel, 2003
  • International Dokfilm Fest, Munich. Germany, 2003
  • Locarno International Film Festival. Switzerland, 2003
  • International Scientific Film Festival, Hungary, 2003
  • Molodist International Film Festival, Kiev. Ukraine, 2003