Eine distanzlose Hommage an einen der bekanntesten Schweizer Musiker. Polo Hofer und die SchmetterBand haben ein paar der grössten Hits der Schweizer Pop- und Rockgeschichte geschaffen und sind mehr als 1’000 Mal gemeinsam auf der Bühne gestanden. Nun hat Polo Hofer genug: Nach 18 Jahren enger Zusammenarbeit trennt er sich von seiner erfolgreichsten Band.


Polo Hofer hat genug: Nach 18 Jahren enger Zusammenarbeit trennt er sich von seiner erfolgreichsten Band. Die Mühle Hunziken ist nicht nur Schauplatz der letzten zehn Gigs von Polo und der SchmetterBand, sondern auch Treffpunkt von Freunden, Fans, Familien, ehemaligen Mitstreitern und Konkurrenten. ABXANG ist ein Film mit Ecken und Kanten. Ein Rückblick über die Höhe- und Tiefpunkte des “letzten Rock’n‘Rollers der Schweiz”. Vor allem aber ist ABXANG eine Annäherung an einen Star, den alle kennen, von dem aber kaum einer weiss, wer er wirklich ist.


Mirjam von Arx

Mirjam von Arx

After studying at the Ringier School of Journalism, von Arx worked for 18 years as an editor and freelancer for a number of German language magazines. In 1991, she moved to New York and together with Polo Hofer produced the road movie BLUESIANA. In addition to regular contributions to Swiss television, von Arx produced two documentaries for SF and Sat1. In 2001, she moved to London and started filming the documentary BUILDING THE GHERKIN. In 2002, she started her own production company ican films gmbh. In 2003, her first documentary ABXANG was theatrically released. In 2005, BUILDING THE GHERKIN (CH, DE, UK) followed. In 2006/7 she produced Thomas Haemmerli’s documentary SEVEN DUMPSTERS AND A CORPSE, with a theatrical release in 2007. The film won the Zurich Film Award 2007 and was nominated for a Swiss Film Award in 2008. Her documentary SEED WARRIORS was theatrically released during autumn 2010. VIRGIN TALES opened theatrically in June 2012 and amongst others, won the Zurich Film Award 2012. Von Arx latest feature documentary I’M ALIVE is currently being edited and will be completed in 2014.

Elia Lyssy


Elia Lyssy was introduced to the world of camera, lights and action at an early age due to his father being a director. Being able to hang around the sets and experiencing the camaraderie, craftsmanship and creation of a film he knew early on that he had found his world. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1991, he started working in New York as an assistant and soon was able to join many an interesting film as cinematographer. He had the privilege to work on projects that have brought him all over the world, filming throughout the United States, in South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. He works in numerous formats ranging from HD to 35mm and speaks several languages. Elia Lyssy truly enjoys the collaborative aspects of film making and is always looking forward to embark on new and exciting ventures in the documentary and narrative field.

Sabine Krayenbühl


Sabine Krayenbühl, has worked in both the United States and Europe editing documentaries and features. Her work includes the critically acclaimed documentary MAD HOT BALLROOM, distributed by Paramount Classics and the Oscar-​​nominated feature length documentary MY ARCHITECT; A SON’S JOURNEY, for which the American Cinema Editors nominated her for an Eddie award in 2004. Other works include the controversial doc THE BRIDGE, PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES on which she collaborated with feature film director Arne Glimcher and established producers Robert Greenhut and Martin Scorsese, and AHEAD OF TIME, about 97 year old journalist-​​activist Ruth Gruber. Sabine recently finished the theatrical documentary MY REINCARNATION with director/​producer Jennifer Fox about the high Tibetan Lama, Choegal Namkai Norbu and his Italian born son Yeshi. The film will open the 2012 POV series on PBS, USA.

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