Visions du Réel anuncia la programación de su 50a edición, dedicada a la libertad
por Giorgia Del Don
- El festival de Nyon, que tendrá lugar del 5 al 13 de abril, celebra su importante aniversario sin haber perdido nada de la radicalidad que lo ha caracterizado siempre
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Even though freedom and an openness to new cinematographic languages, themes and experiments may seem part and parcel of Visions du Réel by now, the important fiftieth edition of the festival on Lake Geneva (5 to 13 April) is due to celebrate these two concepts, with 169 films (including 102 world or international premieres) from 58 countries due to be showcased in this year’s programme.
Always willing to take on the role of explorer and look for new perspectives that challenge the malleable definition of ‘documentary film,’ this year, in addition to the 95 films featured in its various competitive sections, Visions du Réel will also be showcasing feature films, Burning Lights, national and medium feature films, short films and Opening Scenes (a section dedicated to the new generation), 36 Swiss productions and co-productions, an homage to the immense and provocative German director Werner Herzog (who will also host an unmissable masterclass, in addition to receiving the Golden Sestertius Raiffeisen Maître du Réel Award), as well as two very interesting workshops hosted by Tariq Teguia and Massimo D'Anolfi and Marina Parenti. And while the Algerian director (who will also be hosting a masterclass and whose films will be (re)discovered) opts for a more explicitly political film form, D'Anolfi and Parenti are more drawn towards the union of poetry and politics (Spira Mirabilis [+lee también:
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Among the 15 films competing in this year’s International Feature Film Competition, all of which quite literally challenge the definition of ‘documentary,’ are 12 European productions and co-productions. The only Swiss film this year is Passion-Between Revolt and Resignation by Christian Labhart,an almost mystical essay on the complexity of contemporary living. Nicolas Graux'sFrench-Belgian Century of Smoke transports us to far away Laos, while Dreams for the Outback by Danish director Jannik Splidsboel gives a voice to the Australian Aboriginal community. The German director Thomas Heise focuses on the complexity of Germany in his latest film Heimat is a Space in Time [+lee también:
ficha del filme], already shown at the Berlinale. Kiruna - A Brand New World by Greta Stocklassa transports us to a city that quite literally has to move in order to exist, while young protagonists embark on a unique journey (from their native Germany to Romania) in the German film Out of Place by Friederike Güssefeld. The International Competition includes three European co-productions: That Which Does Not Kill by Alexe Poukine (Belgium/France), The Wind. A Documentary Thriller by Michal Bielawski (Poland/Slovakia)and Those Who Remain by Ester Sparatore (France/Italy/Belgium). Finally, three documentaries produced with a European country have also made the cut: the poetic and incisive Aether by Rûken Tekes (Turkey/Italy), Norie by Yuki Kawamura (Luxembourg/Japan), and When the Persimmons Grew by Hilal Baydarov (Azerbaijan/Austria).
Of the 16 selected films for the Burning Lights section, the second competitive section dedicated to feature films, four of them are Swiss film: Loulou by Nathan Hofstetter, Madame by Stéphane Riethauser, Naturales Historiae by Pauline Julier, and the French co-production Le Pays by Lucien Monot (medium-length film). Other French films in in the selection include Ordinary Landscape by Damien Monnier, The Hause by Mali Arun and Piuccheperfetto by Riccardo Giacconi (medium-length film). The Sound Is Innocent [+lee también:
ficha del filme] by Johana Ožvold is a co-production between France, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, while Germany is also present with Animals by Jonas Spriestersbach, and an Iranian co-production: In the Name of Scheherazade or the First Beergarden in Tehran by Narges Kalhor.
(Traducción del italiano)
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