Dir. Stéphane Goël - 92min - 2018 - Switzerland
Robinson Crusoe is a small island hundreds of kilometers away from the Chilean coast where in 1704 the Scottish sailor Alexandre Selkirk lived the incredible experience that inspired Daniel Defoe's novel of the same name. In 1877 the island became the property of a young Swiss aristocrat, Alfred von Rodt, a confirmed optimist, tireless explorer and an indisputable rebel who instigated multiple projects in the hope of developing the resources of his piece of rock.
Islander immerses us in the modern day reality of Robinson Crusoe. Its inhabitants are not Chilean, nor Swiss, but they are strongly attached to their identity and reject everything coming from the ‘outside’ - animals, plants and people. This film reveals a dream-like utopia that relies on the ‘purity’ of its inhabitants and environment, and offers a potent metaphor for contemporary nationalism and the politics of fear.