Secret Screenings

Switzerland  ·  2020  ·  DCP 4K  ·  Color  ·  132'  ·  o.v. German - Subt. Italian

In collaboration with Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon.

Sunday 9 | 8 | 2020, 21:00  ·  GranRex  ·  Sub. Italian

Secret Screening #4

Introduced by Lili Hinstin Q&A with the director after the screening


Monday 10 | 8 | 2020, 18:00  ·  PalaCinema Sala 1  ·  Sub. Italian

Secret Screening #4

Introduced by Lili Hinstin and the director

Nemesis explores the destruction of Zurich’s old freight station, and the construction of a new prison and police centre in its place. From the perspective of the filmmaker’s window, and with testimony from prisoners awaiting deportation, the film probes how we deal with the extinction of history, and its replacement with total certainty.


“Screening in a theater for the first time after being in the international competition at the Visions du Réel festival, which was forced to take place online last April, Thomas Imbach’s new film masterfully avoids the clichés of the documentary genre. No, a documentary is not ’objective’: here, the filmmaker’s subjectivity is expressed directly through his personal memories – the history of his family, friends who pass away – but also and especially in the spatio-temporal juxtaposition he makes between the construction of a prison and police station and the accounts of refugees waiting to be deported. Yes, a documentary is a question of mise en scène: here, the filmmaker magnificently frames what he sees from his window, organizes the rhythm of his burlesque or romantic choreographies by playing with the speed of his shots and offers us a virtuosic stylization of sound, reminiscent of Jacques Tati, which contradicts and erases the voyeuristic aspect of the filmmaker looming from above.

It is a spirited film, and yet its title is solemn. Nemesis: the goddess of distributive justice. To each his due. She is also the goddess of History’s revenge. What will happen to this society that imprisons men, women and children living as ’illegal aliens’ in a system whose hubris is reaching self-destruction?”.



Lili Hinstin





Thomas Imbach


Andrea Štaka, Flora Grolitsch, Thomas Imbach


Thomas Imbach


KALI Trio, Lukas Langenegger

Sound Designer

Peter Bräker


Milan Peschel


David Charap, Thomas Imbach


Okofilm Productions

Swiss Distribution

Frenetic Films

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