63rd TIFF: European Premiere

On a holiday in the mountains, an estranged father and son get to know each other better. Sheltered by the rocky landscape, Michael believes that he and his son are safe from the outside world, which is crumbling under the impact of environmental destruction and economic crises.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF63.

Direction: Leon Schwitter
Script: Leon Schwitter, Michael Karrer
Cinematography: Robin Angst
Editing: Michael Karrer
Sound: Florian Hinder, Dominic Curseri, Markus Kenel
Music: Hora Lunga
Actors: Dorian Heiniger, Peter Hottinger
Production: EXIT Filmkollektiv
Producers: Caroline Hepting, Rea Televanto, Leon Schwitter, Michael Karrer
Co-production: Sabotage Kollektiv
Costumes: Jeanne Vera Bourguignon, Rebecca Zesiger
Production Design: Vicky Sara Ramsay, Jacopo Giulini
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Switzerland
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 82΄
Contact: alief SAS

Leon Schwitter

Leon Schwitter (1994, Lenzburg, Switzerland) studied film at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and completed his Bachelor’s degree with a focus on screenwriting. In 2019, he co-founded the production company EXIT Filmkollektiv with four other filmmakers, where he works as a producer and director. Retreat is his feature film debut and the collective’s first feature film project.


2013 Stop Bath (short)
2015 Viktor (short)
2021 So Far, So Good (short)
2022 Retreat