During the last war a randomly assembled group of refugees succeeded in secretly passing the borders of Switzerland. They all cannot know that this shelter is deceptive, that refugees «just out of racial reasons» don’t have a right for asylum and that for some time now the borders are locked for foreigners. Half-heartedly taken in by Swiss and half betrayed again, the refugees are even ready to abandon themselves to save their lives.
They form a grotesque family in order to fulfill the requirements of the police.
The truth suppressed for decades about the partial responsibility of the Swiss for the death of over 30,000 people. —Official website
Markus Imhoof was born on September 19th, 1941, in Winterthur, Switzerland. His father was professor for German and History on the Technical University Winterthur. His mother, born on a mission station in India, was an English teacher, his sister Ursula who is three years older than him studied French and Italian.
The experiences with the two Red Cross refugee children from Austria and Italy who temporarily lived in his parent’s house later inspired the film «The Boat is Full».
Secondary school in Winterthur, studies in German, History of the Arts and History in Zurich, lic. phil. I. (licentiate about «Brecht’s plays in view of his theoretical works»).
Assistant for Leopold Lindtberg in the Playhouse Zurich.
Birth of children Barbara, 1966, Biologist, and David, 1969, actor.
1967 and 1968: Filmschool at The School for Arts and Crafts Zurich with Kurt Früh and teachers of the Polish Film School Lodz.
1970: Foundation of the Nemo Film GmbH together with Fredi… read more