Electroboy by Marcel Gisler

The Story of a Man Who Set Out to Conquer the World and Learned to Fear

You can get it if you really want. If this sentence applies to anyone, then most definitely to Florian Burkhardt who managed to talk everyone around him out of their own goals and into achieving his.

electroboy tells the breathtaking true life story of a young man who leaves his claustrophobic Swiss surroundings for the wide world in search of fame and recognition. In a series of success stories he reinvents himself time and again, changing settings and careers like other people change their shirts.

Yet Florian’s life on the fast track turns into an escape from his own biography, which finally catches up with him at full force.

Title Electroboy
Type Complete Lineup
Genre Documentary
Category Documentary
Format DCP
Running Time 113 min
Directed by Marcel Gisler
Produced by


Nationality Switzerland
Original title Electroboy
Release year 2014


ELECTROBOY nominated for European Film Academy Awards

We are very proud to announce that ELECTROBOY is nominated in the Documentary Selection at the European Film Academy Awards that this year will take place in Berlin in December.

Marcel Gisler breathtaking documentary about the life of Florian Burkhardt previously won the Kino Audience Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Munich, the Swiss Film Award 2015 for Best Documentary and Best Editing and the Zurich Film Prize 2014.

ELECTROBOY wins audience award at DOK.fest Munich

ELECTROBOY was awarded the Kino Kino Audience Award at the 30th International Documentary Film Festival Munich. Director Marcel Gisler and protagonist Florian Burkhardt were present at the awards ceremony on May 16 after having attended several sold-out screenings throughout the festival week. Our heartfelt congratulations to Marcel and Florian and their producers at Langfilm!

Marcel Gisler’s fascinating documentary about the more than unusual life of former top model, internet visionary and God of the Zurich club scene Florian Burkhardt aka “electroboy” previously won the Swiss Film Award 2015 for Best Documentary and Best Editing as well as the Zurich Film Prize 2014.

Four Swiss Film Awards for ELECTROBOY, CHRIEG and PAUSE

Friday the 13th of May was a lucky day for Picture Tree films with ELECTROBOY, CHRIEG and PAUSE winning several trophies at the ceremony of the Swiss Film Awards held in Geneva. Marcel Gisler’s ELECTROBOY not only won the award for Best Documentary; editor Thomas Bachmann also took home the prize for Best Film Editing. Portraying the fascinating life and careers of former supermodel, internet pioneer, event promoter and patient at a psychiatric ward Florian Burkhardt, the documentary premiered at Locarno, received the Zurich Film Award 2014 and was released in Switzerland in November by Vinca Film.

Cinematographer Lorenz Merz won the Swiss Film Award for his work in CHRIEG. The Best Cinematography prize adds to the gallery of awards that Simon Jaquemet’s powerful debut feature won before, among them two awards at Marrakech International Film Festival and the main prize of the 2015 Max Ophüls Award. CHRIEG had its domestic release in Switzerland on 12 March 2015 by First Hand Films.

PAUSE was awarded the prize for Best Film Score, which was largely written by debut director Mathieu Urfer himself. Having premiered on Locarno’s Piazza Grande and received a Special Jury Mention at the festival in Arras, the romantic comedy was released theatrically by Filmcoopi in October.

We are happy about the honours for these three wonderful films and send our warmest congratulations to all winners and their producers at Langfilm, Hugofilm and Box Productions!