Gotthard – One Life, One Soul


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Gotthard – One Life, One Soul.

In the early 1990s, two young rockers, Leo Leoni and Steve Lee, founded a band who became one of the most internationally famous Swiss rock bands ever: the Gotthard. Hope, disappointment, sacrifice, success, mourning and rebirth: the story of a band who always managed to stay together throughout all adversity and who succeeded in realizing their dream to conquer the rock world.


Born in 1978 in Zurich, Kevin Merz studied photography at the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia in Milan and direction at the Los Angeles Film School. He has made several short films and video installations including Rekrutenschule Schweiz, selected for the Pardi di domani in 2003 at Locarno where his documentary, Glorious Exit (2008), was also screened. In 2011 he co-directed, with Jarreth Merz, An African Election which was presented at Sundance and won the Jury Prize at the Visions du Réel.

2017 Gotthard – One Life, One Soul
2011 An African Election
2008 Glorious Exit


  • Title
    Gotthard – One Life, One Soul
  • Rights
    Festivals, Sales
  • Country
  • Year
  • Length
    95′, col.

  • Directors
    Kevin Merz
  • Screenplay
    Kevin Merz
  • Editing
    Samir Samperisi, Nicolò Tettamanti
  • Photography
    Kevin Merz, Patrick Botticchio, Dario Lotti, Alain Pasquali

  • Music
  • Sound
    Rico Andriolo
  • Cast
    Leo Leoni, Nic Maeder, Hena Habegger, Freddy Scherer, Marc Lynn

  • Producers
    Tiziana Soudani, Silvana Bezzola Rigolini
  • Production
    Amka Films Productions, in coproduction with Bunkerville and RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera / SSR SRG

  • Locarno International Film Festival 2017 – Piazza Grande
  • Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2017 – Panorama
  • Kino in der Mühle Maur 2018
  • DACH_FEST St. Petersburg 2019

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