This is the second movie Thomas Imbach has filmed from his window. Over seven years, he documented the replacement of Zurich’s old railway station by a police station and prison on 35mm film. By playing with time and film speed, using both panoramic views and candid close-ups, Imbach gives the images a tragicomic, almost surreal touch, and reveals a plethora of detail. Testimonials from rejected asylum seekers, who are soon to make up the majority of the detainees here, create a different perspective. Where trains once connected Zurich to the world, the strict security regime of a new era will soon take over. (IDFA)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Nemesis (2020, doc) - Glaubenberg (2018) - Mary Queen of Scots (2013) - Day Is Done (2011, doc) - I Was a Swiss Banker (2007) - Lenz (2006; CE'06) - Happiness Is a Warm Gun (2001)
European Panorama Documentary 2021
Thomas Imbach
Switzerland 2020
131 minutes
German / English
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Thomas Imbach
Cinematography Thomas Imbach
Editing David Charap, Thomas Imbach
Sound/Sounddesign Peter Bräker
Music KALI Trio, Lukas Langenegger
Producer(s) Andrea Štaka, Flora Grolitsch, Thomas Imbach
Okofilm Productions, Bachim Films
World Sales
Okofilm Productions
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Visions du Réel International Film Festival Nyon 2020