* Switzerland 1962, director/author/producer
Those who see many films are especially grateful for idiosyncratic and unpredictable authors who seek their way off the beaten track. One of the most conspicuous among these literal essayists of the past thirty years is Thomas Imbach, a native of Lucerne and a native of Zurich by choice. Already in his second work, Restlessness from 1991, the theme was directly reflected in the rhythm of the film, in Well Done (1995) the repetitiveness of the screen work turns into stupendous staccato editing, in Ghetto (1997) the disorientation of teens before leaving school show in an uncompromising narrowing of the gaze. Imbach oscillates between fiction and documentaries whose common denominator is the joy of experimentation. With every film he breaks new ground, not everybody likes everyone of them, but every new one is eagerly awaited.