Markus Imhoof

Markus Imhoof

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Schnitt, Ton, Produzent
*19.09.1941 Winterthur, Schweiz

Biography

Markus Imhoof was born in Winterthur, Switzerland on September 19, 1941. He studied German literature, art history and history in Zurich, and in 1967/68, he additionally attended film courses. His first shorts included the documentary "Rondo" (1968), which, due to its criticism of the Swiss correctional system, was banned in the canton of Zurich until 1976.

From the mid-1970s on, Imhoof – who was a member of the confederate film commission from 1969 to 1977 – mainly worked on feature films which combined fictional and documentary elements. Repeatedly he chose socially or politically relevant subjects: "Fluchtgefahr" (1974), for which he prepared by working as a prison guard for two months, depicted the fate of a car mechanic, who is crushed by the judicial system for a trifle and is completely criminalized after an escape attempt.

In 1976, Imhoof founded his production company Limbo-Film AG. He caught international attention with his 1980 production "Das Boot ist voll": The film, which deals with Switzerland's controversial policy regarding refugees from Nazi Germany, won the Silver Bear at the 1981 Berlin IFF as well as a special prize at the Donatello-Awards.

"Die Reise", a loose adaptation of Bernward Vesper's political novel, premiered at the 1986 Venice IFF. In 1996, he founded the Markus Imhoof Film GmbH which produced "Flammen im Paradies" (1997), the story of a woman who searches for individual freedom in India in the year 1912.

It took fifteen years until Markus Imhoof, who resides in Berlin since 2003, presented his next theatrical release: "More then Honey", a documentary about bees and their pivotal importance for mankind, premiered at the 2012 Locarno IFF and opened in German cinemas in November of the same year.

Filmography

2017/2018 Eldorado
Director
 
2011/2012 More Than Honey
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2000 Zornige Küsse
Screenplay
 
1996/1997 Flammen im Paradies
Director, Screenplay
 
1990 Der Berg
Director
 
1985/1986 Die Reise
Director, Screenplay
 
1983 Glut
Cast
 
1980/1981 Das Boot ist voll
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1979 Isewixer
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1977 Tauwetter
Director, Screenplay
 
1974 Fluchtgefahr
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1971 Volksmund - oder man ist, was man isst
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1970 Schweizer Maler und Bildhauer
Director, Screenplay
 
1970 Phlebologisches Symposium
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Sound, Producer
 
1969 Ormenis 199+69
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1968 Rondo
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Sound
 
1967 Happy Birthday
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1963 Prinzessin Tuamasi
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1961 Wehe, wenn wir losgelassen
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Sound, Producer
 

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