695 Days of Fear

On July 15th 2008, four civilian police officers enter the hotel Président Wilson in Geneva after being summoned by two members of staff of Hannibal al-Gaddafi, son of the Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, and his wife Aline. They accuse their employers of abusing and threatening them. The officers try to convince Gaddafi’s son and his wife to accompany them discretely to the police station for further questioning. But Hannibal refuses to follow, a scuffle ensues, therefore Hannibal Gaddafi gets handcuffed and arrested. The photos taken on site are leaked to the “Tribune de Genève” and be published the next day. Hannibal’s father immediately threatens Switzerland with serious sanctions for the “offensive treatment against his son”.
Four days later, Swiss businessman Max Göldi, an ABB-manager, is arrested for allegedly violating immigration laws. Little does he know that he was deliberately chosen as human pawn in this diplomatic crisis. 
Max Göldi’s book about his 695-day long imprisonment as hostage, which he spent in various jails and in exile in the Swiss Embassy in Tripoli, serves as the template for this explosive political thriller about the “Libya affair”, which has been widely circulated all over Europe.


Political Thriller, Mini-series


Gaddafis Revenge by Max Göldi, Wörterseh Verlag GmbH


Andreas Kanonenberg and Olaf Kraemer



Susann Henggeler and Hans Syz


Zürcher Filmstiftung