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The Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans announces its juicy programme

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- In its 22nd edition this year, the festival keeps on surprising, innovating in a way that few festivals know how to

The Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans announces its juicy programme
Apnée by Jean-Christophe Meurisse

Emmanuel Cuénod, the General and Artistic Director of the Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans, quite rightly defines the festival as “the most meticulous in Switzerland where different digital technologies are concerned”. Indeed, once again this year, the Genevan festival (the 22nd edition of which will be held between 4 and 12 November) has lived up to its reputation as an innovative festival (“with a calling to celebrate the diversity of screens”.

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As well as the unmissable international feature film and TV series competitions, this year there will, of course, be competitions for virtual reality works and music videos. Topping it all off will be a large number of works screened in the various out-of-competition sections, a rich series of events, including a round table on the Swiss Fiction Movement, a group that brings together young filmmakers from all over Switzerland with the aim of increasing the diversity of fictional films in Switzerland and acting as a springboard for newcomers, without forgetting the Geneva Digital Market (as it has been renamed), an event for professionals that reflects on the future of digital film and audiovisuals. Also not to be missed is the round table with Gilles Marchand, director of RTS, and François Tron, his counterpart over at RTBF. 

Emmanuel Cuénod was keen to highlight the importance of film at the event, defining this as “the compass that guides all audiovisual production”. Among the 10 films selected for the International Competition are French titles Apnée [+see also:
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by Jean-Christophe Meurisse, Sac la mort [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Parraud and Swagger [+see also:
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by Olivier Babinet, all three of which were presented at Cannes, the captivating Park [+see also:
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interview: Sofia Exarchou
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by Greek director Sofia Exarchou, and the moving The Giant [+see also:
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interview: Johannes Nyholm
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by Swedish filmmaker Johannes Nyholm, which were both premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Also in the film segment of the festival, but this time in the Highlight Screenings section, is the Swiss premiere of the latest film by Adolfo Arrieta Sleeping Beauty, along with the two winners of the Best Director award this year at Cannes, Personal Shopper [+see also:
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interview: Artemio Benki
interview: Olivier Assayas
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by Olivier Assayas and Graduation [+see also:
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Q&A: Cristian Mungiu
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by Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, without forgetting the premiere of Sweet Dreams [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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by Marco Bellocchio. The Rien que pour vos yeux section, which brings together pieces that the programming team fell in love with, focuses on the body as a vector of freedom with 10 films that are engaging and just a little bit unscrupulous, such as documentaries Porn to be Free [+see also:
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by Italian director Carmine Amoroso, and Vape Wave [+see also:
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by Jan Kounen, produced by Swiss company Media Screen. The selection of fictional works instead includes French titles Malgré la nuit [+see also:
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by Philippe Grandrieux and Le Parc [+see also:
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by Damien Manivel, along with Sing Street [+see also:
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by Irish director John Carney.

The cherry on the cake of the festival is a rich and intriguing retrospective on the history of 3D effects (Rétrospective Stereoscopia: une histoire de la 3D), and above all, a tribute to Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who will receive the honorary Film & Beyond Award.

(Translated from Italian)

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