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by Frédéric Florey, Floriane Devigne


The key to the communal laundry room in the block of flats on the Rue de Genève 85 in Lausanne serves a much greater function than merely unlocking the door. This encounter between a symbol of typical Swiss mentality with a penchant for order and the tenants who have been housed here by the city’s social services department is not something to be taken for granted. Although the laundry room is normally located in the cellar, the tenants in this building share a tiny laundry room off the entrance hall because the cellar is reserved for prostitution. To maintain order and cleanliness, the landlord hires Claudina, a new “laundry woman”.

international title: The Laundry Room
original title: La clé de la chambre à lessive
country: Switzerland, France
year: 2013
genre: documentary
directed by: Frédéric Florey, Floriane Devigne
film run: 72'
release date: CH 24/04/2013
screenplay: Frédéric Florey, Floriane Devigne
cinematography by: Frédéric Florey, Floriane Devigne
film editing: Monique Dartonne
music: Alex Muller Ramirez
producer: Eugenia Mumenthaler, David Epiney, Frédéric Féraud
production: Alina Film Sarl, Les Films de l'œil sauvage, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, TV Tours
backing: Office Fédéral de la Culture, de la Ville de Genève, Fonds Regio films, Suissimage, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), Procirep Angoa, BeTV, Bourse Lumière
distributor: Alina film Sarl
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