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Markus Imhoof was born on the 19.09.1941 in Winterthur, Switzerland. History of the Arts and History in Zurich, lic. phil. I. Assistant for Leopold Lindtberg in the Playhouse Zurich. Filmschool at The School for Arts and Crafts Zurich with Kurt Früh. 1970 Foundation of the Nemo Film GmbH together with Fredi M. Murer, Yves Yersin, Kurt Gloor, Alexander J. Seiler, Claude Champion, Georg Radanowicz. 1977 Foundation of the Limbo Film AG together with his school friend George Reinhard. Lives in Berlin, Milano and Switzerland.
The only thing that remains at the end are memories based on love.

The documentary film deals with the problems of the Swiss penal system. It uses an individual case to illustrate the mechanisms to which a prisoner is subjected in the prison. In addition, the film shows the past life of the prisoner, his previous crimes and relapses, as well as his constant conflicts with the social environment. The 40-minute film is a collage of image sequences, photos, interview statements, quotations and sound elements.

The film was first shown at the Solothurn Film Festival in 1970, at a time when the staff of the army organization discussed about abolishing the cavalry. The outraged cavalry associations caused a performance ban of the film after the premiere. For public performances a censored version was produced.

The movie is about gluttony, with food as an example of other metabolic processes. Physical life works according to the pleasure principle, whose goal is the generation of the greatest possible pleasure. But what if the desire of one leads to the loss of the other, since the sum of the reserves remains constant? This is decided by the right of the stronger, one must starve or will be eaten.

ESCAPE RISK shows the story of the 23-year old Bruno Kuhn who comes to prison because of a dumb crime that he stumbles into. ESCAPE RISK was filmed to be a hyper-realistic film in seemingly unedited shots in documentary style. It is based on exact studies of the prison environment.

A group of refugees who have been thrown together by chance managed to secretly cross the border into Switzerland during the last war. None of them knew that this refuge was deceptive, since refugees “only for racial reasons” had no right to asylum and the borders had been closed to foreigners for some time. . At the time of the action, I was one year old. I never heard anything about it at school – only the contrary. (Markus Imhoof)

Markus Imhoof is an incredibly careful and accurate director. At first glance this proves to be the case with the actors, who without exception are very carefully led. Impressive is the dramatic elegance Markus Imhoof has given his difficult material. Without ever having to take off in a tear-jerker manner, the story is filled with tension from the first shots on.

A super film – However: I wanted to turn it off, because I suffered so much (watching) the drama about those three (people) high up there on the weather station. What nature’s forces did not destroy got destroyed by human passions. The deepest abysses of the soul are described very believably, also because of the good actors.

My mother was born in India on a station of the Basel Mission. She was seven when she came back and had very accurate memories. She discovered and got to know the world in India. Of course there were other stories than those told in the film, it was also another India.... I often asked: Why was the grandfather in India? The mother always said: "He wanted to take away people's fear". Markus Imhoof.

If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live.” Einstein. All over the world bees have been dying for the past three years. Although the causes for this are still a mystery, one thing is already clear: there is more at stake than simply a few dead insects, and a great deal more than just honey. Seeking answers, the film embarks on a journey to meet with people whose lives depend on bees.

Drawing inspiration from his personal encounter with the Italian refugee child Giovanna during World War II, Markus Imhoof tells how refugees and migrants are treated today: on the Mediterranean Sea, in Italy and in Switzerland.

Markus Imhoof - Erinnerungen, die auf Liebe aufbauen

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