The plight of refugees has been an ongoing and very personal issue for Swiss director Markus Imhoof, whose fiction feature The Boat Is Full was a foreign language Academy Award® nominee in 1982 and whose documentary More Than Honey was a Festival favorite in 2013. His documentary Eldorado tracks today’s African and Middle Eastern refugees on their dangerous journey to Europe and parallels it with his memories of a malnourished Italian child his family took in just after World War II — and who died after the Swiss government forced her to return home. In promotional materials for the film, Imhoof reveals his inspiration for his new work, “One of today’s principles is ‘Refugees for reasons of economic plight do not count as refugees,’ because most fall under this category. I would not have thought 35 years ago that the title of my film [The Boat Is Full] would be concrete and urgent enough once again to force me to shoot another film on the subject.”
In competition for the FIPRESCI Award.
|Producers:||Pierre-Alain Meier, Thomas Kufus, Markus Imhoof|
|Editor:||Beatrice Babin, Thomas Bachmann|
|Language:||in German, French, Italian, Kurdish and Swiss German with English subtitles|
|Running Time:||91 minutes|
|Primary Company:||Kino Lorber|