Archive of films Nemesis / Nemesis

2020, 131 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

Director Thomas Imbach spent seven years observing the demolition of an old freight station from his window, followed by the construction of an immense prison that will house a large number of foreigners. With time, this simple view out the window becomes not just a portrait of random visitors to the construction site, but also a carefully composed contribution to the debate regarding the future path of modern Switzerland.


The director spent seven years filming a large construction site in front of his home. Zurich’s historical freight station is being demolished and a prison rises up in its place. During construction, the site is visited by lovers, a wandering fox, and a film crew, and plays host to a food festival and police practice sessions. The camera records the endless hustle and bustle from an impersonal point of view, almost like a nature documentary. Subsequent sound editing turns it into a grotesque slapstick à la Jacques Tati, and excerpts from letters written by imprisoned migrants raise questions about disappearing history and an uncertain future that devours human lives within the industrial complex. The city is frozen in time, offering unexpected stories. A film that keeps you glued to the screen.

Nikola Paggio

About the director

Thomas Imbach

Thomas Imbach (1962, Lucerne, Switzerland). Selected filmography: Well Done (1994, doc.), Ghetto (1998, doc.), I Was a Swiss Banker (2007), Day Is Done (2011, doc.), Mary, Queen of Scots (2013), My Brother, My Love (Glaubenberg, 2018), Nemesis (2020).


Okofilm Productions GmbH
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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Thomas Imbach
Screenplay: Thomas Imbach
Dir. of Photography: Thomas Imbach
Music: Peter Bräker
Editor: David Charap
Producer: Andrea Štaka, Flora Grolitsch, Thomas Imbach
Production: Okofilm Productions GmbH
Sales: Okofilm Productions GmbH

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