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.
Sunday, 13 th december 20.00 h.
Radio Télévision Suisse – SRG SSR.
Fernand Melgar (born 1961 in Tangier) is a Swiss actor, producer, director and film editor. The son of Spanish immigrants, Melgar has lived in Lausanne since 1963. Melgar’s documentary The Fortress (French: La forteresse) garnered eleven international film festival awards
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Locarno, Festival del film Locarno, Mention spéciale du Jury des Jeunes 2014
Sevilla, Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo, Premio Rosario Valpuesta 2014
Sevilla, Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo, Segundo Premio de la Sección Las Nuevas Olas 2014
Prizren, 14th Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival Prizren
Tel Aviv, 17th Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival Tel Aviv
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