• Eldorado

    Directed by Markus Imhoof
    Switzerland | 91 minutes | FLOS: Foreign Language Oscar Submissions

Asking deeply relevant questions about humanity and social responsibility, Markus Imhoof draws on his personal experience to show a global phenomenon — the struggle of thousands of refugees fleeing from Africa to Europe, and what happens when they reach their Eldorado.

film synopsis

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.

film details

Director: Markus Imhoof
Producers: Pierre-Alain Meier, Thomas Kufus, Markus Imhoof
Screenwriter: Markus Imhoof
Cinematographers: Peter Indergand
Editor: Beatrice Babin, Thomas Bachmann
Music: Peter Scherer
Country: Switzerland
Language: in German, French, Italian, Kurdish and Swiss German with English subtitles
Year: 2018
Running Time: 91 minutes
Primary Company: Kino Lorber

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