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VISIONS DU RÉEL 2018

Visions du Réel unveils its 49th programme

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- With the arrival of a new director, Emilie Bujès, the festival held in Nyon will be exploring new territories (both real and imaginary)

Visions du Réel unveils its 49th programme
Genesis 2.0 by Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev

Always innovative and committed, Visions du Réel in Nyon will be screening 174 films as part of its 49th edition (13 to 21 April), coming from a whopping 53 different countries, with the marked presence of American, British and Eastern European productions (mainly the Ukraine and Serbia, which is the subject of a dedicated Focus).

Although Emilie Bujès' first edition kicks off in continuation of the work carried out over a long and fruitful period by her predecessor, Luciano Barisone, the festival's sections have been slightly reshaped in the image of the its new director. This year’s main development is the creation of the Burning Lights section, which hopes to open up the festival to experimentation in new cinematographic languages, putting a focus on the strong link between documentary and fiction. Among the sixteen films selected for this new section are the Swiss productions A Bright Light - Karen and the Process [+see also:
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by Emmanuelle Antille (a musical documentary on the mythical and mysterious singer Caren Dalton) and Sisters [+see also:
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by the American and naturalised Swiss director Peter Entell.

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European films are also very well-represented (most of them in world premiere), with the following films in international competition: the Swiss productions Genesis 2.0 [+see also:
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by Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev (which premiered at Sundance) and Los fantasmas del Caribe [+see also:
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, a Swiss, Colombian, French co-production by Felipe Monroy, who returns to Colombia for a no-holds-barred observation of his native country, A l’infini [+see also:
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by the French director Edmond Carrère, Almost Nothing [+see also:
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(an Italo-French-Belgian co-production) by the Italian artist Anna de Manincor, who will be accompanied by her compatriot Luca Magi with Stories of the Half-Light [+see also:
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, the German film Barstow, California by Rainer Komers, D is for Division [+see also:
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by Davis Simanis (co-produced by Latvia and the Czech Republic), Hombre en la llanura by Patricio Suárez (Spain and Argentina), Island of the Hungry Ghosts [+see also:
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by Gabrielle Brady (co-produced by Germany, the UK, Australia and the USA), My Father is My Mother’s Brother [+see also:
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by Ukrainian director Vadym Ilkov, Srbenka [+see also:
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interview: Nebojša Slijepčević
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by Croatian director Nebojsa Slijepcevic, and, of course, the award-winning (Golden Bear and winner of Best Debut Film at Berlin) Touch Me Not [+see also:
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interview: Adina Pintilie
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by theRomanian director Adina Pintilie.

The ten films in competition for the Audience Award in the Grand Angle section take us on various journeys. Among these are the Swedish film Silvana [+see also:
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by Christina Tsiobanelis, Mika Gustafson and Olivia Kastebring (the portrait of a feminist hip hop artist), Golden Dawn Girls [+see also:
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by Havard Bustnes (co-produced by Norway, Denmark and Finland), also about the world of women, with a particular focus on the members of an extreme right ideology, Over the Limit [+see also:
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by Marta Prus (Poland, Finland and Germany) and Time Trial [+see also:
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by theEnglish director Finlay Pretsell, both of which focus on the dark side of the sporting world. Other European films include To Be Continued [+see also:
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by theLatvian director Ivars Seleckis and Happy Winter [+see also:
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by the Italian director Giovanni Totaro, both of which deal with tragicomedies in their respective societies.

The presence of the French director Claire Simon, who will be the Maître du Réel, completes a daring and innovative programme of the festival’s 49th edition.

(Translated from Italian)

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