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VISIONS DU RÉEL 2017

Family at the core of the new edition of Visions du Réel

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- Luciano Barisone, the charismatic director of Visions du Réel, is gearing up to helm his last edition at the reins of the Swiss gathering

Family at the core of the new edition of Visions du Réel
Bobbi Jene by Elvira Lind

The 48th edition of Visions du Réel, the Nyon International Film Festival, will offer audiences a selection of 179 films hailing from 55 countries – a rich, bold programme that will shine the spotlight on family.

The main themes of this new edition, set to unspool from 21-29 April, are those of family ties, solidarity and the sense of belonging. The protagonists of many of the movies being presented in Nyon this year have to face up to key moments in their lives, challenges, changes and major crises, and solidarity will be their only lifeline. The leitmotif of this new edition will thus be “love for mankind and the world we live in”, in the words of artistic director Luciano Barisone.

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There will be a slew of unmissable moments at the upcoming edition, including the premiere screening of Swiss film Roped Up [+see also:
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by Frédéric Favre, which will open the gathering, plus the actual opening ceremony itself, which will invite the public to enjoy The Grown-Ups [+see also:
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by Chilean director Maite Alberdi.

As mentioned above, a great many works will place family – both the “traditional” model and especially “new families” – at the heart of their stories: No Place for Tears, a Turkish film by Reyan Tuvi (taking part in the international competition); Sea Point Days by South Africa’s François Verster; Hobbyhorse Revolution [+see also:
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, a Finnish-Swedish co-production by Selma Vilhunen (Grand Angle section); Ouaga Girls [+see also:
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(Grand Angle), a co-production between Sweden, France, Burkina Faso and Qatar, directed by Theresa Traore Dahlberg; Bobbi Jene [+see also:
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(Grand Angle) by Elvira Lind (Denmark/Sweden); Close Relations [+see also:
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by Vitaly Mansky (Grand Angle), a co-production between Latvia, Denmark, Estonia and Ukraine; and The Great Journey [+see also:
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by Swiss director David Maye (Regard Neuf section), which all delve into more traditional families that are forced to endure hard times. There is also a plethora of European films in the international competition: I Pay for Your Story [+see also:
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, a French film by Lech Kowalski; Lida [+see also:
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by Sweden’s Anna Eborn; Taste of Cement [+see also:
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, a co-production between Germany, Lebanon, Syria and the United Arab Emirates by Ziad Kalthoum; The Eternals [+see also:
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by Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd (Belgium/France); The Other Fields [+see also:
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, a German film by Marco Kugel and Simon Quack; and Upwelling [+see also:
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by Italy’s Silvia Jop and Pietro Pasquelli. A host of Swiss movies will also be presented (36 in total, including both productions and co-productions), among which we find, in the international feature competition, A Campaign of Their Own [+see also:
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by Lionel Rupp and Michael David Mitchell, Lust for Sight [+see also:
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 by Manuel von Stürler (a Swiss-French co-production) and Retour au palais [+see also:
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by Yamina Zoutat.

(Translated from Italian)

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