La clé de la chambre à lessive (Original title)


feature-lenght documentary by Floriane Devigne and Fred Florey, 72', 2013, DCP, color

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”.


Grand prix SRG SSR - Festival Visions du Réel, Nyon, France
Prix de la diversité - Trace de vie Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand
, France
Best Film Award - Vilnius, Human Rights Film Festival Inconvenient Films

Floriane Devigne was born in Lausanne in 1977. Graduated from INSAS and the scenario and documentary workshop of La Fémis, she directed in 2007, La boîte à tartines, selected and awarded to DOK Leipzig, RIDM Montréal, Étoiles de la SCAM. His first feature-length documentary film, co-directed with Fred Florey,"La clé de la chambre à lessive" (Grand prix SSR-SRG at Vision du réel) was selected at numerous international festivals (Busan, Doc buenos Aires, RIDM Montréal). She also directed Dayana Mini Market for Arte, awarded at étoiles de la Scam 2014. Member of the writing commission of the CNC from 2009 to 2011, and of the SCAM since 2015, she participates in the production of several films as a writing and editing consultant.

Fred Florey was born in Geneva in 1971. He is a student and then assistant to the Beaux-Arts in cinema. He works on numerous film shoots as a cameraman and produces several documentary series for TSR, le musée de la Croix Rouge, le Musée d'art contemporain or Expo 02.

His films "Terres Promises" (2007), "Amotmalies" (2007) or "Les Saisons de Marie-Thérèse Chappaz" (2009) and "La clé de la chambre à lessive" (2013) are presented and awarded in many festivals.


World premiere in International competition at Visions du Réel Festival, Switzerland
Festival del film de Locarno 2013 - Appellations Suisse
Busan International Film Festival en Corée, section Wide Angle
RIDM - Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal


Saratov Sufferings International documentary drama film festival, Russia. Competition
XXIII International Film Festival Message To Man, St Petersburg, Russie
Flahertania International documentary film festival à Perm (Russie) (films du Jury).
Ânûû-rû Âboro, Festival international du Cinéma des peuples, Nouvelle Calédonie,
Doc Buenos Aires (Argentine)
Festival Traces de vies, Clermont-Ferrand
Festival "This human world", Vienne 
Journées de Soleure, Suisse
Doc Point, International Documentary Festival of Helsinki  
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague
Tournée en Russie (Novgorod, Dubna et Vladivostok, Dokumentarfilmkino Moskau, Novossibirsk et Ijevsk) organisée par l'Ambassade suisse de Russie en partenariat avec Visions du Réel
MIllenium International Documentary Film Festival, à Bruxellles
Krakow international film festival. Section "Award Winners"
Festival de documentaires "Cinéma sous les étoiles" , projection en plein air dans le parcs de Montréal
États généraux du documentaire de Lussas (Journée Scam-Brouillon d'un rêve)
Siberia.DOC Sibérie
"Crocevia di Sguardi", International and European Forum on Migration Research, à Turin.
16th International Documentary Encounter of Bogotá (MIDBO)
Human rights documentary film festival “Inconvenient Films” à Vilnius, Lithuanie.
33ème Festival International Jean Rouch, Paris
Panorama du documentaire Européen, Le Caire

Cinema release in Switzerland : 24 april 2013

Production: Alina film (Switzerland), L'oeil sauvage (France)
Coproduction with Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), Unité de films documentaires.

Script and direction: Fred Florey and Floriane Devigne

Cinematography: Fred Florey and Floriane Devigne
Sound: Jürg Lempen
Production assistant: Eduardo Saraiva Pereira
Editing: Monique Dartonne
Sound editing and mix: Etienne Curchod
Music: Alex Müller Ramirez
Image postproduction: Chan-Won Park
Producers: Eugenia Mumenthaler, David Epiney, Frédéric Féraud, Bernard Bloch
Co-producers: Irène Challand, Gaspard Lamunière


Emission "Vertigo" - La 1ère (Radio Suisse Romande)
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Interview Floriane Devigne - Les Matinales - Espace 2
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