Special Flight
Special Flight

Special Flight

Director Fernand Melgar

Production year 2011

Length 103min.

Country Switzerland


Near Geneva, in Frambois prison, live 25 illegal immigrants waiting for deportation. They are offered an opportunity to say goodbye to their families and return to their native countries on a regular flight, escorted by plain-clothes police officers. If they refuse this offer, the special flight is arranged fast and unexpectedly. 


Grand Jury Award | Full Frame Documentary FF, Durham, UK, 2012


Fernand Melgar
Fernand Melgar



Fernand Melgar


Fernand Melgar

Director of Photography

Denis Jutzeler

Production designer

Janka Rahm

Music by

Wandifa Njie


Cristophe Giovannoni, Gabriel Hafner, Francois Musy


Karine Sudan

Production company(ies)

Climage www.climage.ch

Fernand Melgar

Born 1961, Tangier, Morocco) A Swiss actor, producer, director and film editor. The son of Spanish immigrants, Melgar has lived in Lausanne since 1963. In the early eighties, he cut short his business studies in order to found, together with several friends, Le Cabaret Orwell in Lausanne, soon a mecca for French-speaking Switzerland’s underground culture; later, he created the internationally renowned rock music venue La dolce Vita. In 1985 he joined Climage, a collective to which he belongs to this day, and under whose auspices he has realized around a dozen documentaries. Melgar's documentary The Fortress garnered eleven international film festival awards including the Golden Leopard, at Locarno IFF and Grand Prize at the Tehran International Documentary Film Festival, Silver Magnolia as the Best Social Documentary at the MIDA Shanghai Festival.


Performance au Musée Deutsch (1983), Le musée imaginaire (1986), L’homme-nu (1987), Chroniques cathodiques (1990), Je zappe, donc je suis (1991), Family Album (1993), Malika (1995), Fous du jeu (1997), Induction Class (1998), Storm in a C-Cup (2001), Firts Day (2000-2003, documentary collection), J (2003), The Valley of Youth (2005), EXIT, the Right to Die (2005), The Fortress (2008), Special Flight (2011).

FILMS 2012