Die Gentrifizierung bin ich. Beichte eines Finsterlings

by Thomas Haemmerli International Documentary Film / Competition

Is the city of Zurich suffering from ‘density stress’? What is it like to live in mega cities such as São Paulo, Mexico City and Tiflis? Filmmaker Thomas Haemmerli broaches the topics of city development, architecture, density, housing market, xenophobia and gentrification from an autobiographical perspective. The path of his life has led him from a childhood in the villa district of Zürichberg, through his teenage years as squatter to flat shares, yuppie apartments and finally second homes in various cities. Only recently having become a dad, he plans to further enhance Zurich’s price appreciation by purchasing a huge, extended city apartment…
This multifaceted essay not only humorously questions the filmmaker’s decisions, but also those of the right-wing conservatives, who are afraid of losing their space to immigrants, and the political left, who fail to embrace modern-age architecture.


  • Genre: DOK: Essay
  • Country, Year: Switzerland, 2017
  • Runtime: 98 Min
  • Languages: German
  • Subtitles: English
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  • Director: Thomas Haemmerli
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  • Screenplay: Thomas Haemmerli
  • Cinematography: Stéphane Kuthy
  • Editor: Daniel Cherbuin
  • Sound: Jean-Pierre Gerth
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  • Producer: Mirjam von Arx
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  • Production Companies: ican films gmbh, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
  • Swiss Distribution: Filmcoopi Zürich AG
  • gentrification.me
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