Two Syrian refugee families who fled the war in Syria and settled temporarily in Lebanon, are selected a few years later by the Office for Migration in Germany for a UNHCR resettlement programme. They are about to start a new life in Western Europe.
After his commitment as a producer, most notably to African cinema and some of his greatest titles (Yaaba, Laafi, Hyenas), the Jura native, Pierre-Alain Meier picks up the camera to confront both his career trajectory and his demons. He returns to Senegal to investigate a European woman who was found dead in 2009; the only white body among the corpses of black migrants washed up on a beach. THIERRY JOBIN, Fribourg Int. Film Festival.
Vincent Fleury, a taxi driver who has been rejected by his wife, embarks on an adventure from which he hopes to benefit: in exchange for a sum of money which will enable him to pay child support for his son, he agrees to set out for Crete with an unknown person, Thelma, to help her find the ex-lover who had spurned her. During their trip across Switzerland, Italy and Greece, they flirt – but at the last minute Thelma always holds back. Vincent is at a loss to understand until he discovers that she is a transvestite who, in order to keep him with her has been lying from the very beginning. Torn between love and repulsion, Vincent has to make a choice.
The first images coming to my mind in connection with the horrors of war are not a city in ruins or a mass grave, but the eyes of the children who survived. These seven young actresses already know the price of life, maybe the only positive aspect of a war. This is what we tried to convey here. Pierre-Alain Meier
Les mots de ce film sont exclusivement ceux des Icariens, d’hommes et de femmes dont l’esprit voyage magiquement dans le temps entre réalité et imaginaire. LA SUISSE
Ikaria BP 14457 est un film profond et libre. HOFER FILMTAGE