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Documentary, 101 min.

Title E:The Shelter
Title I:Il rifugio
Title G:Der Schutz

by Fernand Melgar

Switzerland, August 2014

It is winter at an emergency shelter for the homeless in Lausanne. Every night at the door of this little-known basement facility the same entry ritual takes place, resulting in confrontations which can sometimes turn violent. Those on duty at the shelter have the difficult task of “triaging the poor”: the women and children first, then the men. Although the total capacity at the shelter is 100, only 50 “chosen ones” will be admitted inside and granted a warm meal and a bed. The others know it will be a long night.

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Directed by: Fernand Melgar
Written by: Fernand Melgar

World Premiere: August 2014
Original Version: French (english/french subtitles), colour, DCP, 101 min.

ISAN: 0000-0003-A4CF-0000-0-0000-0000-3

Production: Fernand Melgar, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG SSR
Producer: Fernand Melgar

Cinematography: Fernand Melgar
Editing: Karine Sudan, Ruis Pires
Location Sound Mix: Elise Shubs
Sound Editing: Jérôme Cuendet, Etienne Curchod
Sound Design: Etienne Curchod
Rerecording Sound Mix: Etienne Curchod
Art Direction: Janka Rahm Melgar

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World Sales: CAT&Docs

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Distribution Switzerland: Agora Films
Distribution France: Dissidenz Films

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Open / CloseAwards (a selection)

  • Ciudad de México, Ceme Doc, Ganador Ceme Doc 2016
  • Würzburg, Internationales Filmwochenende Würzburg, 3. Preis Kategorie Dokumentation 2016
  • Asilah, Europe Orient Documentary Film Festival, Grand Prix du Jury 2015
  • Bruxelles, Festival des Libertés, Mention spéciale 2015
  • Locarno, Locarno Festival, Mention spéciale du Jury des Jeunes 2014
  • Sevilla, Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo, Segundo Premio de la Sección Las Nuevas Olas 2014
  • Sevilla, Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo, Premio Rosario Valpuesta 2014

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