Island of the Hungry Ghosts (Germany,United Kingdom,Australia,United States)

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

  • Gabrielle Brady


Located off the coast of Indonesia, the Australian territory of Christmas Island is inhabited by migratory crabs travelling in their millions from the jungle towards the ocean, in a movement that has been provoked by the full moon for hundreds of thousands of years. Poh Lin is a trauma therapist who lives with her family in this place of hostile and wild landscapes—one of the last places on the planet to be discovered. Every day, she talks with the asylum seekers held indefinitely in a high-security detention centre, attempting, relentlessly, to support them in a situation that is as unbearable as its outcome is uncertain. Comparing the natural migration with the chaotic and tragic migration of humans, subject to the constant metamorphoses of the decision-making structures, Gabrielle Brady undoubtedly succeeds in evoking a challenge that is much greater than that of the microcosm she is reporting on. With its fictional appearance, Island of the Hungry Ghosts is a film whose eloquence is most particularly based on its skilful construction and on shots composed with great delicacy.

Emilie Bujès
Length: 94'
Country: Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, United States
Year: 2018
Language(s): English, French, Farsi, Mandarin Chinese
Premiere status at VdR: International Premiere
VdR edition : 2018
VdR award(s) : Prix Buyens-Chagoll VdR2018


Alexander Wadouh  (Chromosom Film GmbH)
Samm Haillay
Alex Kelly
Gabrielle Brady
Gizem Acarla
Julia Niethammer

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Language(s):  English, French, Farsi, Mandarin Chinese
Subtitles:  English, French
  • Th 19 April
  • 21:15
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