Nyon: Visions du Réel, Festival international de cinéma. 17- 25 april 2015   

Freedom of expression and the emergence of exceptional women. A focus on Georgia and the atelier with the armenien filmdirector Harutyun Khachatryan

The 46th edition of Visions du Réel, Festival international de cinéma Nyon is characterised by two themes: freedom of expression and the emergence of exceptional women. Once again Visions du Réel will be a platform for discussion, debate and total freedom of expression, a place to reflect on the state of the world and the trends penetrating our societies, said president Claude Ruey, when the festival presented its new program. And when confronted with the current critical state, we see the emergence of portraits of exceptional women. Resistant, pioneers, artists and bearers of hope, these women bring a particular flavour to the selection. Women are also behind the camera, representing 40% of the 160 filmmakers selected. Visions du Réel has become recognised as one of the four leading documentary film festivals in the world, largely due to the number of international and world premieres it hosts. Once again the Festival has set a new record with 3,700 films received in Nyon or discovered at festivals around the world. In total, 166 films from 54 countries – most of which international or world premieres and including 28 Swiss films – will be shown at Visions du Réel in different sections such as three international competition for long, middle and short films Regard neuf, Helvétiques, Grand Angle, Premiers pas und others). He film

A special focus is this year dedicated to Georgia with 15 films, including the film «The Pipeline Next Door» by Nino Kirtadzé, awarded 2005 with the special John Templeton Prize by the interreligious jury. To be mentioned also the Atelier with the Armenian film director Harutyun Khachatryan, who has been in Nyon the first time in 1989, when the festival had a focus on the (former) sovjet republic Armenia in program. Khachatryan is also director of the international film festival «Golden Apricot» in Yerevan, where SIGNIS and INTERFILM are present with an Ecumenical Jury since 2007. To note, that Armenia is commemorating hundred year of the genocide in Turkey 1915. In this context, the festival offer in the honour of all Armenians on Sunday, 19th April at 14h00 in «Salle communale» the film «Choeurs en exil» by Nathalie Rossetti followed by a discussion in the presence of Charles Aznavour, the Armenian ambassador in Switzerland.  

The interreligious jury initiated by SIGNIS and INTERFILM is awarding its prize to one of the 16 Films from the international competition for long films, endowed with CHF 5’000 by the Catholic Church Switzerland and Médias-pro, the media departement of the conference of the reformed Churches in the French speaking part of Switzerland. Members of the jury are:  Mirela Blasius (Romania), Aida Schläpfer al Hassani (Switzerland), Marc Wehrlin (Switzerland) und Daniel Wildmann (United Kingdom).

Full programme and tickets: www.visionsdureel.ch

Wednesday, 8 April 2015, 09:37