David wants to fly

David wants to fly

Deutschland / Österreich / Schweiz 2009/2010, Dokumentarfilm


The unparalleled success story of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi began in the Himalayas. With the aim of spreading his meditation practice and, in a bid to attain world peace, this Indian guru travelled to Hollywood at the end of the fifties where he secured a great many prominent followers including, later on, the Beatles, Mia Farrow and Clint Eastwood. Today, almost six million people all over the world practice transcendental meditation (TM). David, a young filmmaker in search of inspiration, also decides to try this method of meditation – after all, his idol, director David Lynch, has assured him personally that TM is a source of creativity and the key to success.

David decides to take his idol at his word: he undergoes an expensive meditation training course, is given a personal mantra and tries his best to fly like a yogi. But before long, an increasing number of inconsistencies begin to come to the fore. The Indian guru′s organisation is now an empire worth billions. When the Maharishi dies, a quarrel breaks out over his successor. David Lynch becomes one of the organisation′s key international ambassadors.

Nonetheless, in spite of his doubts and being parted from his girlfriend, David still has hopes of attaining enlightenment. The filmmaker goes on a pilgrimage following the trail of the TM movement. His quest brings him close to a number of closely guarded secrets, and David Lynch responds to the film crew′s research with a threatened law suit. But this only makes David even more determined to discover the truth. He travels across the USA and then to India, getting deeper and deeper into the Maharishi′s bizarre empire. But, instead of finding ′heaven on earth′, David comes across a bottomless pit. Finally, in the Himalayas, at the icy source of the Ganges, he finds his own truth.

Source: 60. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)


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All Credits

Director:David Sieveking
Screenplay:David Sieveking (Konzept)
Director of photography:Adrian Stähli
Editing:Martin Kayser-Landwehr
Assistant editor:Daniel Egenolf, Ingo Förster
Sound design:Stefan Soltau, Björn Wiese
Sound:Johannes Schmelzer
Audio mixing:Björn Wiese
Music:Karl Stirner
Participation:Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Donovan, Ringo Starr, David Lynch, Paul McCartney, David Sieveking, Marie Pohl
Production company:Lichtblick Media Gmbh (Berlin)
in co-production with:Lichtblick Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH (Köln), Navigator Film Produktion (Wien), Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG (Zürich), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) (München), Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden), Schweizer Fernsehen für die deutsche und rätoromanische Schweiz (SF DRS) (Zürich), ORF Enterprise GmbH & Co KG (Wien)
Producer:Martin Heisler, Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
Co-Producer:Johannes Rosenberger, Werner Schweizer
Producer (TV):Claudia Gladziejewski (BR), Monika Lobkowicz (BR), Jochen Kölsch (BR/Arte), Urs Augstburger (SF), Franz Grabner (ORF)
Line producer:Bülent Nacaksiz
Shoot:01.05.2009-20.09.2009: Deutschland, USA, Kanada, Indien
Original distributor:Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film (Wiesbaden), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Bundesamt für Kultur der Schweiz (Zürich), Zürcher Filmstiftung (Zürich), RTR Filmfernsehproduktionsfonds (Wien)
Length:96 min
Picture/Sound:Farbe & s/w, Dolby
Screening:Aufführung (DE): 12.02.2010, Berlin, IFF - Panorama;
Kinostart (DE): 06.05.2010


Originaltitel (DE) David wants to fly



Length:96 min
Picture/Sound:Farbe & s/w, Dolby
Screening:Aufführung (DE): 12.02.2010, Berlin, IFF - Panorama;
Kinostart (DE): 06.05.2010


Hessischer Filmpreis 2010
Bester Dokumentarfilm
FBW 2010
Dokumentarfilm des Monats
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll