Geneva International Film Festival to hold its 20th edition
by Muriel Del Don
- The gathering is celebrating its 20th anniversary, offering audiences an engaging programme that is simultaneously popular and experimental
From 6-13 November, the city of Geneva will be hosting the 20th edition of the Geneva International Film Festival (Festival Tous Ecrans), a truly international showcase in the domain of cinema, but also in the fields of television, and online and trans-media content. The Festival Tous Ecrans is celebrating this important edition with an unparalleled programme of films, series and digital works that will be having their Swiss premieres. There will be many new additions this year, such as the Film and Beyond Honorary Award, which will be bestowed upon Jean-Hugues Anglade. Another novelty is the creation of the new Highlight Screenings section, which brings together out-of-competition works – a raft of key films and TV series from the latest season – not to mention the Nuits Blanches programme and the drive-in cinema built especially for the occasion in the heart of the city.
As for the European movies in the international competition, audiences in Geneva will have a chance to enjoy Serena by Susanne Bier; Xavier Beauvois’ latest effort, The Price of Fame [+see also:
interview: Xavier Beauvois
film profile]; the most recent movie by Asia Argento, The Misunderstood [+see also:
film profile], which was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section; Vincent [+see also:
film profile] by Thomas Salvador; Mercuriales [+see also:
film profile], the mysterious feature debut by French director Virgil Vernier; and Stranded in Canton by Sweden’s Mans Mansson. On the other hand, Europe will be given pride of place in the international TV series competition, thanks to Heartless by Danish director Ronnie Fridthjof, which is undoubtedly the TV series of the moment, and Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano, who, in the wake of the film by Matteo Garrone, has now inspired one of the most controversial European TV series ever with his book. Meanwhile, the Netherlands will be represented by Dutch Hope, by Frankz Ribbens and Dana Nechushtan, a captivating series that is a cross between Breaking Bad and Weeds.
(Translated from Italian)