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Geneva International Film Festival announces its rich programme

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- The 24th edition of GIFF (2 to 10 November) remains true to itself by proposing a daring programme that ventures off the beaten track

Geneva International Film Festival announces its rich programme
Claire Darling by Julie Bertuccelli

Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF) will offer its audience a total of 164 films in Swiss, European, international and world premiere, 34 of which are immersive projects. Enriched by the presence of 250 international guests, including the English director Peter Greenaway, previous winner of the Film & Beyond Prix, which has been awarded to film personalities since 2014 who have been able to explore other artistic practices, pushing themselves beyond the filmic medium. There will be a meet and greet with the director, as well as an exhibition of a series of his drawings and screenings of two of his emblematic films: The Draughtsman’s Contract and A Zed & Two Noughts

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GIFF, supported by renewed financial funds from the city of Geneva, seems to want to forcefully show off its spirit and go against the grain this year. And its international programme (a total of 10 films) definitely heads in this direction thanks to strong and surprising films united by a desire to show a "different" society, free from the dictates of efficiency and perfection. 

Among the European films to be presented this year are Boys Cry [+see also:
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interview: Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo
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, the first film by brothers Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo, screened at the Berlinale (Panorama), School's Out [+see also:
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interview: Sébastien Marnier
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, the latest film by Sébastien Marnier, screened in world premiere at Venice (Sconfini section), We [+see also:
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by theDutch director Rene Eller (Dutch-Belgian co-production), the crazy and surprising The Real Estate [+see also:
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interview: Axel Petersén and Måns Måns…
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by Swedish directors Axel Petersén and Mans Mansson and My Foolish Heart, a noir film by the Dutch director Rolf Van Eijk. As for the festival’s Highlight Screenings section, dedicated to films by confirmed directors who have been able to re-route the film medium, we have European productions and co-productions such as Knife + Heart [+see also:
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interview: Yann Gonzalez
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by Yann Gonzalez (opening film at GIFF) starring Vanessa Paradis, an incredible journey into the heart of the gay porn industry in Paris in the 1970s, Vision [+see also:
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, a French-Japanese co-production by Naomi Kawase starring Juliette Binoche (closing film), Widows [+see also:
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, the hotly-anticipated thriller by Steve McQueen (UK-American co-production), the Russian, Serbian and Polish co-production Dovlatov [+see also:
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by Alexei Guerman Jr., akey player in contemporary Russian cinema, Girls of the Sun [+see also:
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interview: Eva Husson
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by Eva Husson, a French-Belgian co-production, Switzerland and Georgia and the touching An Impossible Love [+see also:
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by the French director Catherine Corsini, without forgetting the Chinese, French and Japanese co-production Ash Is Purest White [+see also:
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by Jia Zhangke and Our Time [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Reygadas
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by Carlos Reygadas, a co-production between Mexico, France, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

The "Rien que pour vos yeux" section, which brings together some of GIFF’s best picks (nine feature films in total), also puts forward a wealth of European productions, such as Little Tickles [+see also:
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, a strong and audacious film by Andréa Bescond and Eric Métayer (screened at Cannes), Dévoilées by the Anglo-Swiss director Jacob Berger, Claire Darling by Julie Bertuccelli, the Swiss premiere (in co-production with Croatia, Ireland and Macedonia) of The Witness by Mitko Panov and the destabilising Divine Wind [+see also:
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by Merzak Allouache (a co-production between France, Algeria, Qatar and Lebanon, screened in world premiere at Toronto).

As is the case every year, GIFF will also be presenting various TV series as part pf its international TV series competition, its Serial Day & Night TV marathon and a retrospective dedicated to three rare TV series shown in their entirety by key directors such as Rainer W Fassbinder (Eight Hours Don't Make a Day), Anne-Marie Miéville and Jean-Luc Godard (France/tour/détour/deux/enfants) and Andrzej Wajda (A Year Go by, as Days Go by).

(Translated from Italian)

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