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Visions du Réel announces its rich list of award winners


- This year, the 46th Visions du Réel Festival set a new record with more than 35,000 people attending the event on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Visions du Réel announces its rich list of award winners
Homeland by Abbas Fahdel

The Visions du Réel's awards went to works from five continents, without forgetting Switzerland, which was celebrated with four films in competition including two co-productions. The prestigious Sesterce d’or Swiss Post for best feature film in the International Competition went to Iraqi-French co-production Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) by Abbas Fahdel, a six-hour-long film which portrays two years in the life of an Iraqi family before and after the American invasion. The prize for the most innovative feature film of the International Competition, on the other hand, was awarded to Canadian film On The North by Dominic Gagnon.

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Turning to the International Medium-Length Film Competition, Argentinian film The Chechen Family (La Familia Chechena) by Martín Solá came out on top, winning the Sesterce d’or. The Jury Prize for the most innovative medium-length film went to Anglo-Israeli co-production Women in Sink by Iris Zaki with a special mention for Indian film Kapila by Sanju Surendran, and in the Regard Neuf category, Syrian-Lebanese co-production Coma by Sara Fattahi won the Sesterce d’argent Canton de Vaud. In the same category, the Prix Spécial Regard Neuf for the most innovative first or second film went to Franco-Lebanese co-production La Nuit s’achève by Cyril Leuthi.

With regard to Swiss films, the prestigious Sesterce d’argent SRG SSR for the best Swiss feature film was awarded to Stefan Schwietert for his film Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared (a Swiss-German co-production). A captivating and innovative film which is full of humour, it leads us to reflect on the (too often underrated) beauty that surrounds us. The SSA/Suissimage Jury Prize for the most innovative Swiss feature film went to Franco-Swiss and German co-production A German Youth [+see also:
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by Jean-Gabriel Périot with a special mention going to Horizons (Horizontes) by Swiss filmmaker Eileen Hofer. My Love don’t Cross That River, a South Korean film by Moyoung Jin, was awarded the Sesterce d’argent City of Nyon Audience Award, while the Interreligious Prize was awarded to Mother of the Gods (Madre de los dioses), a Franco-Argentinian co-production by Pablo Agüero.

(Translated from Italian)

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