Vol Spécial

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.

Director's Biography
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)
CROSSING EUROPE AWARDS
2012: FEDEORA AWARDS for European Documentaries
Architektur und Gesellschaft | Architecture and Society 2012
Fernand Melgar
Switzerland 2011
color
103 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Fernand Melgar
Cinematography Denis Jutzeler
Editing Karine Sudan
Sound/Sounddesign Christophe Giovannoni
Music Wandifa Njie
With Serge, Jeton, Wandifa, Jean-Michel Claude, Geordry, Ragip, Julius, Alain
Production
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