Il Secondo Principio di Hans Liebschner

Written and directed by Stefano P. Testa
Genre: Documentary
Running time:88’
Country: Italy
Year: 2020
Language: Italian, German
Subtitles: English
Cinematography: Andrea Zanoli
Editing: Stefano P. Testa
Sound Design: Alberto Ricca
Sound Mix: Nicola Gualandris
Music: Sonars, The Honolulu, Luca Severino
Producer: Andrea Zanoli
Production Assistants: Martina Fiorellino, Giulia Esposito
Production / Distribution: Lab 80 film


Johannes “Hans” Liebschner filmed his life from 1963 to 2012. Born in 1927, he came to Italy due to the war and stayed after falling in love with Iole, a young Italian girl from Bergamo, with whom he had five boys. In fifty years of amateur filming, Hans creates the intimate story of a united and happy family, although in 2013, the year of his death, his films ended up for sale in a second-hand market. Who was to get rid of those precious memories? His sons Klaus and Peter try to solve this mystery, retracing the story of a family that goes through social and cultural changes, recorded through the technological and expressive evolution of home movies.

Screenings and Festivals:
Filmmaker – Online Edition (Milano, Italy, 2020) | Prospettive Jury Award
Bergamo Film Meeting (Bergamo, Italy, 2021 – Online Edition) | Special Event
Outer Docs (Ithaca, NY, 2021 – Online Edition) | Best Documentary Feature – Runner Up
Film Festival del Garda (San Felice del Benaco, Italy, 2021 – Online Edition) | Official Selection
Lucca Film Festival (Lucca, Italy, 2021) | Special Event
Documentaria (Palermo, Italy, 2021) | Audience Award, Best Editing Award
Linea d’Ombra (Salerno, Italy, 2021) | Popular Jury Award
Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival (Paris, France, 2021) | Official Selection
Lo Schermo Bianco (Bergamo, Italy, 2022) | Screening
UnArchiveFound Footage Fest (Rome, Italy, 2022) | Official Selection
Fuorinorma (Rome, Italy, 2022) | Official Selection
Racconto di due città (Bergamo, Italy, 2023) | Screening
Cinema Docet (Bergamo, Italy, 2023) | Screening
Prodotti locali (Bergamo, Italy, 2024) | Screening