Time of Closure / Zeit des Abschieds

Giuseppe Tommasi’s life was somewhat ill-fated from the start. As a child of Italian migrants in Switzerland, he was given to adoptive parents who failed to provide a loving home. A handsome and intelligent character, he never managed to find his place in society, abandoned his career, left his wife and children and spiralled into drug addiction. At the age of 44, clearly emaciated from aids and cancer, he will spend the last months of his life at the Zurich Lighthouse hospice. Facing death he begins to reflect on his life, his family and starts to question himself and his actions.

By way of intimate cinematography, director Mehdi Sahebi details Giuseppe’s brutally honest and relentless way of dealing with his own past, of coming to terms with it and providing answers for his children. Refreshingly, Giuseppe Tommasi’s accounts are completely devoid of self-pity and manage to purvey a sense of wisdom, which is rendered all the more powerful by his clarity of mind and his startling sense of humour.

TIME OF CLOSURE is more than a portrait of a man on the brink of death, but a challenging contemporary document that is both moving and illuminating.


Country of Production

Year of Production

Digi Beta Pal

52 / 63 min

Mehdi Sahebi

cineworx filmproduktion in co-production with Schweizer Fernsehen

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Festivals / Awards

Locarno IFF 2006 (Critics Week Prize)
Viennale 2006
ENTRE VUES Belfort IFF 2006 (Public's Prize for Best Documentary Film and Jury's Prize for Best Feature Documentary Film)
Solothurner Filmtage 2007
Mar del Plata IFF 2007
DOCNZ 2007
Leeds IFF 2007
RIDM Montréal 2007
Int. Forum of Social Films St. Petersburg 2008
Queer Lisboa 2010