a film by Markus Imhoof


Switzerland, Germany | 2018 | 92:00 min

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“In the end, all that we’re left with, are the memories we built on love.” 
One of those memories has haunted award winning director Markus Imhoof for most of his life: it is winter in Switzerland, neutral island in war torn Europe. At the fright depot, Markus’ mother picks up an Italian child refugee, to take her in. Giovanna, the girl is called, and growing up with her changes young Markus’ view of the world. 
70 years later, again foreigners arrive in Europe. Markus Imhoof has never forgotten Giovanna, retraced her footsteps, lived in Italy, where she came from. And it is here that he now boards a marine vessel, to observe operation ‘Mare Nostrum’. 100.000 refugees have been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea. Through the eyes of a child, he raises the questions that have bothered him, since his mother first brought Giovanna home. 
After the success of More Than Honey, Markus Imhoof once again shares a very personal story to reflect on a global phenomenon. His questions about humanity and social responsibility in today‘s world are taking us back to the experiences of childhood and first love.
68th BERLINALE, Special Mention - Amnesty International Film Prize
9. Kirchliche Filmfestival in Recklinghausen
20th International Tel Aviv Documentary Filmfestival - doc aviv
SWR DOKU FESTIVAL, nominated for German Documentary Award
Cast and Crew
  • Director Markus Imhoof
  • Producer Pierre-Alain Meier, Thomas Kufus, Markus Imhoof
  • Director of Photography Peter Indergand
  • Editor Beatrice Babin, Thomas Bachmann
  • Sound Dieter Meyer, Jürg Lempen, Hugo Poletti
  • Score Peter Scherer
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Production Company
zero one film GmbH
Lehrter Strasse 57, 10557 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 3906630

Fax: +49 30 3945834

Thelma Film AG | Prince Film SA
Passage de la Poste 2, 2800 Delémont

Phone: +41 32 4231778

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