Switzerland / Germany 2018, 90 min, English, German and Italian, Hebrew & English subtitles
Director Markus Imhoof was a child at the end of World War II, when his family took in little Giovanna, an Italian refugee. She became like an older sister to him before being forced back to Italy, where she died of an illness. This personal tragedy drove Imhoof to show the refugees of today, to “see everything I didn’t want to see”. He meets the Italian Navy as they pull the refugees from the boats, check them over, sort, number and ship them. He visits the camps where they are used as cheap labor or forced into prostitution by the mafia while they await their fate. Thus, his unfinished dialogue with Giovanna continues. Like her, they thought they had made it to paradise—but found a very different reality.
After the screening - a Q&A session with Markus Imhoof, moderated by Dr. Ohad LandesmanFilmmaker Present
- Mon 21.05 12:30 Cinemateque 4 Filmmaker Present
- Sat 26.05 16:30 Tel Aviv Museum Filmmaker Present
Production: Thomas Kufus, Pierre-alain Meier, Markus Imhoof
Editing: Beatrice Babin
Cinematography: Peter Indergand
Research: Marion Glaser, Antonella Falconio, Giorgia De Coppi, Franziska Arnold
Music: Peter Scherer
Markus Imhoof was Guest Lecturer at the Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie, Berlin and at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich. He is a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin, the European and German Film Academies as well as of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in Los Angeles.