The old freight station in Zürich is being torn down, to be replaced with a new building: a prison and deportation centre.
Acclaimed Swiss filmmaker Thomas Imbach spent seven years observing this process from his bedroom window. From his unique vantage point, he wrings life and beauty from the restless movement of machinery, the jackhammers, the cranes, the collapses, and the workers engaged in deconstruction.
As the new detention centre grows in its place, the testimonies of newly arrived immigrants start to emerge.
The screening on the 13th of March was followed by a Q&A with editor David Charap.
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David’s latest work on documentaries includes the Netflix original Tell Me Who I Am about identical twins facing their past. He edited the BIFA award winning Best Documentaries The Possibilities Are Endless (a portrait of the singer Edwyn Collins), and the immersive The Reason I Jump (ScreenDaily “It's not very long: it won't take up much of your time. But The Reason I Jump will change how you think, and how many films can say that?” ).
David has cut several feature films for distinguished directors including Terence Davies (Sunset Song, Deep Blue Sea) and Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love, Last Resort “with not a wasted word or shot or scene”, according to The Guardian). He has worked with Dominic Savage on (Freefall, The Escape and most recently, the acclaimed I AM anthology series for Channel 4). His European credits include Year of the Devil, for which he was awarded both a Czech Lion and a Slovak Academy nomination.
David's TV work includes Kevin MacDonald's The Story of Us, and his TV drama work Baptiste, the hit series Utopia and The Devil's Whore for Channel 4 (Winner RTS Television Award: best drama serial, Nominated BAFTA: best drama serial).
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