Well Done

Direction
Year 
1994
Country
  • Switzerland 
Runtime
73min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

What is the best way of portraying day-to-day work in a massive computer centre serving the financial community of Zurich? The answer is: to spend months actually being there, observing it from inside, compiling and classifying 70 hours of film and then editing this material into seemingly unrelated components – without the slightest commentary – by means of hectic montage, cutting and slashing until the whole grand system dissipates to dust. The result is an absurd serial ballet à la Jacques Tati, presented in staccato format. This method highlights the stress, alienation, materialism to which the modern world of the almighty computer exposes us.

Thomas Imbach and his cameraman Jürg Hassler set themselves the mammoth task of doing just that: producing fragmented images of phone calls, nervous fingers gliding across keyboards, side-long glances, briefings, data, banking jargon and automatic gestures – all in order to highlight (not without bitterness) the loss of humanity inherent in the reign of marketing and electronics.

Details

  • Original Title
    Well Done
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Thomas Imbach
  • Cinematography
    Jürg Hassler, Thomas Imbach
  • Editing
    Thomas Imbach, Jürg Hassler
  • Sound
    Peter Bräker
  • Runtime
    73 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    1994
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Solothurner Filmtage
    • Buenos Aires, 13° Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independente 2011
    • Locarno, 47. Festival internazionale del film 1994
    • Cape Town, Encounters: South African International Documentary Festival 1999
    • Saarbrücken, 16. Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 1995
    • Leipzig, 37. Int. Leipziger Festival 1994
    • Duisburg, Duisburger Filmwoche 1994
  • Awards
    • FIPRESCI-Prize in Leipzig
    • Quality Award (Swiss Ministry of Culture)
    • Zurich Film Prize
    • Art award of the city Lucerne

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