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VISIONS DU RÉEL 2016 Awards

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Visions du Réel announces the winners of its 47th edition

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- The award for best feature film goes to Chinese film Another Year, whilst Tadmor by Monika Borgmann and Lokman Slim is awarded the Sesterce d’argent for best Swiss film

Visions du Réel announces the winners of its 47th edition
The winners of Visions du réel (©Anne Colliard/Visions du réel)

The 47th edition of Visions du réel in Nyon came to a close with a surprising and rich list of winners, bestowing the most prestigious award of the festival, the Sesterce d’or for best film in the international feature film competition, to Chinese film Another Year by Shengze Zhu. Another Year submerges the audience into the intimate sphere of a family of Chinese migrants, in their daily routine made up of small gestures and ancestral ties, but also paints a picture of the social and economic difficulties they face over the course of their odyssey. Staying with the international competition, French production Liberation, the User’s Guide [+see also:
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by Alexander Kuznetsov was awarded the jury prize. Lebanese, French and Swiss co-production Tadmor [+see also:
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 by Monika Borgmann and Lokman Slim was instead awarded the special mention. A moving and courageous film that was also awarded the Sesterce d’argent for best Swiss film.

The Swiss film category also featured the surprising and mysterious Raving Iran [+see also:
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by Susanne Regina Meures, which was awarded the jury prize, and Calabria [+see also:
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 by Pierre-François Sauter, which was awarded the jury’s special mention. This year’s list of prize-winners includes no fewer than five Swiss films between productions and co-productions. European productions and co-productions have also done very well, winning important prizes such as the Sesterce d’or George for best medium-length film (Sit and Watch by Matthew Barton and Francisco Forbes, United Kingdom), the Sesterce d’argent Regard Neuf for best first film (The Dazzling Light Of Sunset [+see also:
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 by Salomé Jashi, Georgia and Germany) and the special mention Regard Neuf (Triokala, The Three Gifts Of Nature by Leandro Picarella, Italy). Turning to the international short film competition, I’m Not From Here by Maite Alberdi and Giedré Žickyté (Chile, Lithuania, Denmark) won the Sesterce d’or Fondation Goblet for best short film.

A 47th edition that ended on a high note, demonstrating just how much Visions du réel still has to show. Nor did it let down its reputation as a shining beacon in the field of documentary film, setting a record this year with more than 39,000 viewers.

The list of winners:

International feature film competition

Sesterce d’or La Mobilière – Best film of the international competition
Another Year - Shengze Zhu

Régionyon jury prize – Most innovative feature film of the international competition
Liberation, the User’s Guide [+see also:
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- Alexander Kuznetsov

Special mention
Tadmor [+see also:
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 - Monika Borgmann and Lokman Slim

Regard Neuf

Sesterce d’argent Regard Neuf Canton de Vaud - Best first film
The Dazzling Light Of Sunset [+see also:
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 - Salomé Jashi

Regard Neuf jury prize – Most innovative first film
Not My Job - Denis Shabaev

Special mention
Triokala, The Three Gifts Of Nature - Leandro Picarella

Swiss Film

Sesterce d’argent SRG SSR - Best Swiss film out of all the competitive sections
Tadmor - Monika Borgmann and Lokman Slim

SSA/Suissimage jury prize – Most innovative Swiss film out of all the competitive sections
Raving Iran [+see also:
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- Susanne Regina Meures

Special mention
Calabria [+see also:
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 - Pierre-François Sauter

Audience award
Presenting Princess Shaw - Ido Haar

Young people’s jury
Best film of the Premiers Pas section
Tales of Rabassada - Ferrán Romeu
Special mention
Transit Zone - Frederik Subei

Buyes-Chagoll prize
Un paese di Calabria - Shu Aiello, Catherine Catella

Interreligious prize
Liberation, The User’s Guide - Alexander Kuznetsov
Special mention
Looking Like My Mother [+see also:
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- Dominique Margot
Still Breathing - Anca Hirte

International medium-length film competition

Sesterce d’or George – Best medium-length film
Sit and Watch - Matthew Barton, Francisco Forbes

George jury prize – Most innovative medium-length film
Samir in The Dust - Mohamed Ouzine
Special mention
From The West - Juliane Henrich

International short film competition
Sesterce d’or Fondation Goblet – Best short film of the international competition
I’m Not From Here - Maite Alberdi, Giedré Žickyté

Mémoire Vive jury prize – Most innovative short film of the international competition
The Rock - Hamid Jafari

(Translated from Italian)

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