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MUBI Update: 8 December 2011

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09 Dec 2011
By Pretoria


This week on MUBI we celebrate the work of the Swiss auteur Thomas Imbach in our series, Films by Thomas Imbach.

Right from the start, the films of Imbach are conceived as experiments with the reflective potential of cinema as a medium and a constructed reality. “They always came to me in a flash. It’s like being in love; you can’t really explain why,” says Imbach.

Well Done (1994) is an absurdist comedy about the all but uncontrollable flow of data and money through Switzerland.

“loved it.” In Ghetto (1997), we follow a group of teens through an anarchic class room, a basement disco and into the night. “Allow the film 15 minutes to start sinking into you,” advises Giammiz, “and then you are going to love it.”

Happiness Is a Warm Gun
(2001) offers “variations on a true story,” as the tagline goes, namely, that of Petra Kelly, a cofounder of the German Green Party who, in 1992, was shot dead while she slept by her partner, ex-general and Green politician Gert Bastian. Happiness screened in Berlin, Locarno and also won a Zurich Film Award.

(2006, image above) tells the story of a filmmaker researching Georg Büchner’s novel fragment Lenz. In August,
Tsienni wrote: “Thanks to an empathetic show of sensitivity and personableness, this film manages to weave those little seemingly banal moments from one man’s quaint inner quest into a beautiful visual hymn of veritable life.”

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