Visions du Réel Industry announces its film selection
by Muriel Del Don
- The 49th edition of the Swiss festival gets ready to host its programme of industry activities
The Visions du Réel festival in Nyon has made its mark as one of the biggest film markets in Europe. This new edition doesn’t disappoint, with a rich and carefully selected offering of films hailing from all corners of the globe.
For sixteen years now, the Visions du Réel festival has provided documentary film professionals from all over the world with a space for working, for networking and for reflection. Producers, directors, distributors, international vendors, and representatives of television broadcasters, institutions and festivals all come together in Nyon to discuss the current and potential future state of this booming film genre, with the aim of fostering partnerships, co-productions or distribution strategies, regardless of the various stages of development of the selected projects. Through the activities on offer - training programmes, pitching opportunities, individual meetings with special guest experts and professionals – the festival hopes to encourage ongoing support for the creation and promotion of cinéma du réel.
The section Pitching du Réel will see 15 projects (full-length films) that are currently in the development/production phase discussed during round tables and individual meetings with potential partners, buyers, vendors, TV programmers, producers, distributors and financial backers. Among these feature numerous European films: Aunts by Sejla Kameric, Mirjana Karanovic, Kim Longinotto and Andrea Staka (Serbia/Switzerland/France/Bulgaria/Bosnia and Herzegovina) which tackles the vital subject of the role accorded to women in contemporary society; Austral, a Belgian-French co-production by Benjamin Colaux; the Danish film Don’t Give a Fox by Kaspar Astrup Schröder, a full-length film on adolescence, identity, love and skateboarding; the French production Jukaï; The Green Sea by Akihiro Hata; My English Cousin by the Swiss Algerian director Karim Sayad (selected at the Berlinale and winner of the Prix de Soleure for Of Sheep and Men [+see also:
film profile]); On The Trail Of Madness by another Swiss director, Edgar Hagen; the Swedish Stories From The Debris by Jennifer Rainsford; The White Chief by Grzegorz Piekarski (Poland); the French film This Land Of Mine by Thomas Jenkoe and Diane-Sara Bouzgarrou; the Georgian-German co-production, Trees Floating ,by Salomé Jashi; and the Italian Voronoff, From The Planet Of The Humans by Giovanni Cioni.
European films also make their mark in the Routh Cut Lab section (films that are in the final stages of production): Up To Down by Italian filmmaker Nazareno Manuel Nicoletti; Swiss film Welcome To My Home by Maria Müller which explores the crucial topic of refugees through the story of a Swiss couple who decide to welcome a Syrian migrant and his family into their home; and Stásis by Mantas Kvedaravicius (Lithuania/Francr/Ukraine).
Docs in Progress, a selection of 8 full-length films in the post-production stage, will consist of European productions and co-productions: Baracoa by Pablo Briones and The Moving Picture Boys (Switzerland/Colombia/US); My Father’s Acres by Carl Olsson (Denmark); Just a Game by Daniela Lanzuisi (France); Speak So I Can See You by Marija Stojnic (Serbia/Croatia); The Islanders by Stephane Goël (Switzerland/Chile); and Kongo by Hadrien La Vapeur and Corto Vaclav (France).
Serbia will be the Focus country of the festival this year.
(Translated from Italian)
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