by Pipilotti Rist



Pepperminta is an anarchist of the imagination. She lives in a futuristic rainbow villa and according to her own rules. Colors are the young woman's best friends and strawberries are her pets. She knows the most amazing remedies to free people of their fears. Pepperminta's wish is for everyone to see the world in her favorite colors. Werwen , a young plump and shy man yet whose sex appeal Pepperminta finds highly attractive, and the beautiful Edna, who talks to tulips, join her on her passionate mission. These three musketeers of a different kind set out to fight for a more humane world. Wherever the gang appears, everything is turned upside down and people's lives are transformed in the most miraculous and wondrous of ways.


Born 1962 in Grabs in the Swiss Rhine valley, she lives and works in Zurich and in the Swiss mountains. Pipilotti Rist is one of the most important and well-known Swiss artists and her work has appeared in museums and art exhibitions around the world, from Paris to Istanbul and all the way to Tokyo. Recently she had a successful large installation in New York that drew in more than one million viewers to the Museum of Modern Art. With her art, Rist wants to contribute to evolution, inspire the mind, evoke positive energy and arouse sensuality and the senses. Pipilotti Rist’s multimedia video work, such as »I’m not the girl who misses much« (1986), »Yoghurt on skin, velvet on TV« (1995), «Sip my ocean« (1996) and »Remake of the weekend« (1998), blurs the boundaries between visual art and popular culture whilst exploring the unknown and the unfamiliar in daily life. She has taken part in the Biennale in Sao Paulo, Venice, Istanbul, Santa Fe and the Caribbean Islands.

Her recent solo exhibitions were shown in (a selection): Kunsthalle Wien (1998); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1999); Tramway, Glasgow (2001); Centraal Museum, Utrecht (2001); KIASMA museum, Helsinki (2003); SFMOMA, San Francisco (2004); MUSAC Museo de arte contemporaneo de Castilla y León, León (2005); 51. Venice Biennale, Church of San Stae (2005); AROS New Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus (2005), Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (2006), Centre Pompidou, Paris and Magasin 3 Konsthall, Stockholm (2007), MIMOCA, Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame JP and MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2009).

Awards and Grants (a Selection):
2009 Joan Miró Prize, Fundació Joan Miró & Fundació Caixa Girona
2007 St. Galler Kulturpreis der St. Gallischen Kulturstiftung
2003 Honorary Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts
2001 Zurich Art Award, City of Zurich
1999 Wolfgang Hahn Preis, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
1997 Premio „2000“ della Biennale di Venezia
1996 DAAD Grant, Berlin
1991 / 1993 Eidgenössisches Kunststipendium


Ewelina Guzik - Pepperminta
Sven Pippig - Werwen
Sabine Timoteo - Edna
Elisabeth Orth - Leopoldine
Noëmi Leonhardt - Young Pepperminta
Oliver Akwe - Göran


Directed by: Pipilotti Rist
Producers: Christian Davi, Christof Neracher, Antonin Svoboda
Written by: Chris Niemeyer, Pipilotti Rist
Cinematographer: Pierre Mennel
Editor: Gion-Reto Killias
Art Direction: Su Erdt
Costumes: Selina Peyer
Sound: Thomas Gassmann
Visual Effects Supervisor: Davide Legittimo
Music: Anders Guggisberg & Roli Widmer 
Produced by: Hugofilm, Coop99 in co-production with Schweizer Fernsehen / SRG SSR idée suisse in collaboration with ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen and Plan B Film supported by Bundesamt für Kultur Schweiz (EDI), Zürcher Filmstiftung, Kulturförderung Kanton St. Gallen, Swisslos, Filmfonds Wien, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Suissimage, Franz Wassmer, Karl Stadler, Schwyzer Wyniker Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Walter A. Bechtler Foundation, Luma Foundation

Technical Data

Format: 35 mm / 24fps /  1:1,85 / Colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 80 Min.
Original language: German

Original title: Pepperminta


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