An Eventful Life

Washington, D.C., June 12, 1866, one year after the end of the Civil War: in a studio located in the capital’s center, Frank Buchser (Wolfram Berger) paints a portrait of the famous Swiss emigré, General Sutter (Hannes Schmidhauser).

While Sutter poses, he relates his impressive life story to the artist. In this manner, we see two distinct yet interrelated portraits of John A Sutter develop. One emerges in chronological fashion through the General’s own words. The other matures on canvas as Buchser transforms early sketches into a finished likeness of the now 63-year-old general.

The most important experiences of the controversial person that Sutter represents were filmed on original locations in the United States and Switzerland.
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