Archive of films Say God Bye / Say God Bye

2023, 124 min

Section: Proxima Competition
Year: 2023


“JLG is like a sun, as soon as you get too close to it, you burn. If you ignore it, you miss the light​.” Respected Swiss director Thomas Imbach on the “God of Cinema” who, as both man and filmmaker, has kept him spellbound his whole life. Chancing upon images of the ailing grand master, he was inspired to set off on foot on a pilgrimage from Lakes Zurich to Geneva to pay tribute to Godard and to attempt to persuade the latter to film with him. An original and playful diary filmed on an iPhone and on 35mm during the trip, where loyal pilgrim Imbach looks back at his own career and conducts a dialogue with his magnetic role model. A road movie conceived – literally, “on his own two feet” – as an informed Godard masterclass about perceiving the world through cinema and much else besides.

Karel Och

About the director

Thomas Imbach

Thomas Imbach (1962, Lucerne). Selected filmography: Happiness Is a Warm Gun (2001), Day Is Done (2011, doc.), Mary, Queen of Scots (2013), Nemesis (2020, doc.), Say God Bye (2023, doc.).


Okofilm Productions GmbH
Hohlstrasse 208, CH, 8004, Zürich
Tel: +41 442 419 563
E-mail: [email protected]

Publicity contact

Kathleen McInnis
620 N Plymouth Blvd, 90004, Los Angeles
United States of America
Tel: +1 310 733 9805
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, Black & White, DCP
World premiere

Section: Proxima Competition
Director: Thomas Imbach
Screenplay: Thomas Imbach
Dir. of Photography: Thomas Imbach
Music: Lukas Langenegger
Sound: Peter Bräker, David Charap
Editor: Thomas Imbach
Producer: Thomas Imbach
Production: Okofilm Productions
Cast: Jean-Luc Godard, David Charap, Thomas Imbach
Contact: Okofilm Productions GmbH, Kathleen McInnis


Thomas Imbach

Film Director

Emmanuelle Koenig



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