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by Fernand Melgar


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.

international title: The Shelter
original title: L’abri
country: Switzerland
sales agent: CAT&Docs
year: 2014
genre: documentary
directed by: Fernand Melgar
film run: 101'
screenplay: Fernand Melgar
cinematography by: Fernand Melgar
film editing: Karine Sudan, Ruis Pires
art director: Janka Rahm Melgar
producer: Fernand Melgar
production: Climage, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG SSR
distributor: Agora Films

main awards/selection

Festival del film Locarno 2014 International competition

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