Visions du Réel 2020
Documentaries from Switzerland feature at DOK.fest Munich, both in the festival line-up and within the Marketplace presentations. Swiss Docs Catherine Ann Berger also reflects on the recent online Visions du…
At Visions du Réel, Canadian/Swiss filmmaker Peter Mettler discussed films, time and flying (and all of its inherent contradictions), during a fascinating and entertaining 2-hour online address.
Visions du Réel Artistic Director Emilie Bujès reflects on the leading Swiss doc event, held online in 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Best feature to Punta Sacra (Italy), Jury prize to Finnish doc Anerca, Breath of Life.
On May 4 Swiss Films presents an overview of five promising Swiss docs in production, which are about to be launched onto the festival circuit and for worldwide distribution.
Oscar-nominated Petra Costa delivered a highly entertaining and provocative masterclass at VdR during which she discussed her feature films and motivations, specifically the ‘black hole’ of personal trauma.
Prizes follow successful conclusion of Pitching du Réel, Docs in Progress and Rough Cut Lab programmes, presented online this year.
Two people from very different backgrounds, finding each other despite social, religious and societal obstacles - a universal message delivered in a personal and unique story.
Plastic surgeon/artist Dr Han is the personification of the self-improvement phenomenon - a fascinating figure in a compelling soap movie about vanity gone wild.
Shot over four decades, Anerca, Breath of Life (Markku Lehmuskallio, Johannes Lehmuskallio, Anastasia Lapsui) is an ethnographic odyssey through the indigenous cultures of northern Europe and North America.
A harrowing one-hour seven-minute documentary that went criminally underreported by film journalists when it premiered at the Berlinale, and whose images have every right to become iconic.
In this Argentinian musical doc project, pitching at online Visions du Réel, real inmates at the Ezeiza Prison in Buenos Aires reconstruct scenes from their past lives and imagine their…
In My Own Landscapes Antoine Chapon has created a film about one man’s form of escapism, a virtual world he helped create to prepare soldiers for the horrors of war.
Selections include Pripyat Piano (Czech Republic, Medium/Short Comp) and Wolves at the Border (Czech Republic, Grand Angle)
On 26 April leading festival personnel, including Vision du Réel’s Emilie Bujès and IDFA’s Orwa Nyrabia, gathered to talk online about how festivals may/should/could respond to the new reality under…
The Soviet Union is not dead – it’s alive and kicking in Magnitogorsk, an unsightly town that resembles a fake film set, but one populated by some very real people.
In the final part of his Sicilian trilogy, Michele Pennetta shows the economic/familial similarities between two marginalized characters sharing the sun-scorched island, a teenage boy and a young Nigerian immigrant.
Beautiful, experimental and boundary-testing documentary entertains with a strange double protagonist and a washed-up white whale.
Yeon Park orders a unique present for her father’s birthday, a time travel machine. Her short film describes her fascination for the device, and his subsequent reaction to it.
Shot from a Zurich window, the film inventively combines images of demolition and re-construction with reflections on the loss of loved-ones and the harsh treatment of newly-arrived migrants.
All of it is love: it's beautiful, it's painful, it's enviable and it's what we live for and through. And it is what this film is undeniably made of.
The 2020 Visions du Réel Industry awards cover the Pitching du Réel, Docs in Progress, Rough Cut Lab and Opening Scenes events.
Daniel Kemény’s Sòne is a visual and aural treat for the viewer, and a film which, for the director, marks an emotional return to the Italian village of his childhood.
With professional activities set to kick off April 25, Visions du Réel’s co-head of Industry Gudula Meinzolt talks through this year’s online programme.
In Le grand viveur, a film that proves that cinema is first and foremost a visual medium, Perla Sardella delivers a beautiful and elegiac (and ostensibly silent) portrait of a…
Not the first documentary by a bi-cultural director searching for her roots. But Their Algeria manages to deal with the matter in a light yet profound way, leaving you moved…
In Trio, selected for Medium/Short Competition we are reminded of what long school trips were really like, as well as the tough business of being an adolescent.
2018 winner Mirror, Mirror on the Wall by Sascha Schöberl (pictured) to world-premiere in Vision du Réel’s Grand Angle.
The Netherlands presents four projects at Visions du Réel 2020, including Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum's The Ride, in Medium Length & Short Film Competition.
Valentin Merz Tanören’s Brothers – A Family Film is an intimate if ‘autofictional’ account of a relationship between two siblings who seem perennially at odds.
In her selection for Medium/Short Comp, Daria Yurkevich follows a family of three girls and their mother living within a rural community in Belarus… in the shadow of Chernobyl.
A nostalgic portrait of African-American Geechee culture on Sapelo Island, Georgia, focuses on the elderly Cornelia Bailey and her two adopted young sons, who represent her hopes for regeneration.
How do you deal with the harsh reality of escaping a country where you’re not wanted, only to find that the safe haven in which you have invested so much…
In times of global meltdown/lockdown (delete as appropriate), it’s a relief to watch a LOL doc, even if the subject is not a laughing matter. Rodrigo Muñoz discusses his short…
On the eve of Visions du Réel 2020, Swiss Films Managing Director Catherine Ann Berger talks docs, disruption and the benefits that can be derived from the enforced switch to…
Czech producer Alice Tabery discusses her Traces of a Landscape (Int’l Medium and Short Comp), about an artist and the place he returns to again and again for inspiration.
“The festival is also going to take place in a human way, not just in a click-on-a-link way,” says Emilie Bujès of the online edition of Visions du Réel 2020.…
Originally slated to run April 24 to May 2 2020, the festival start date will come forward to April 17. Free online access for public limited to 500 spectators per…