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Special Flight

Special Flight

Awaiting definite deportation from Swiss territory, rejected asylum seekers and illegal immigrants are jailed at the administrative detention center Frambois. Behind closed prison doors, tension builds day by day. On one side there are wardens with a quite humane value concept, on the other there are men beset with fear and stress. In this extreme situation, despair has a name: special flight. The film premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival 2011.

Fernand Melgar, born 1961 Tangier, Morocco. He emigrated with his family to Switzerland in 1963. In 1983 he began making various experimental films and iconoclastic reports for television. In 1985 he joined Climage, a collective under whose auspices he has realized around a dozen documentaries. In 2008 THE FORTRESS was awarded the Golden Leopard at the International Film Festival Locarno. // Films (Selected): REMUE-MÉNAGE (Storm in a C-Cup, 2002, doc), EXIT, LE DROIT DE MOURIR (EXIT, The Right to Die, 2005, doc), LA FORTERESSE (The Fortress, 2008, doc), VOL SPÉCIAL (Special Flight, 2011, doc)

Transition Spaces - Nowhere Places 2012

Fernand Melgar

Switzerland 2011
35mm/color
103 minutes
OmeU

Screenplay
Cinematography
Denis Jutzeler
Editing
Karine Sudan
Sound
Christophe Giovannoni
Music
Wandifa Njie
Cast
Serge/Jeton/Wandifa/Jean-Michel Claude/Geordry/Ragip/Julius/Alain

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