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Visions du Réel: the Grand Prize awarded to a director from Lausanne

The main prize of the Visions du Réel International Film Festival in Nyon (VD), the Grand Prix, was awarded on Saturday evening to Lausanne director Tizian Büchi. His film “L’Îlot” narrates a neighborhood in Lausanne, somewhere between magical realism and collective portraiture.

It is the first time that a Swiss film has won the Grand Prix of the festival’s International Competition since 2013. This first feature film won over the jury with its “brilliant observation that rewrites the coordinates of geographical spaces in universal terms”, said the organizers.

In “L’Îlot”, for some mysterious reason, two security guards are in charge of ensuring access to the river in a Lausanne neighborhood populated by retirees and immigrant families. Through encounters a territory is formed, a friendship is built. “Between documentary and fiction, Tizian Büchi stages a fable tinged with magical realism that subtly questions the surveillance society.”

Portrait of award-winning volcanologists

The Audience Award was awarded to American director Sara Dosa for her film “Fire of Love”, an epic and spectacular portrait of volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft.

“A Long Journey Home”, the first feature film by Chinese director Wenqian Zhang, is honored as best film in the Burning Lights competition, dedicated to new vocabularies and writing, narrative and formal freedom. Swiss-Japanese filmmaker Julie Sando won the National Competition Jury Prize as well as the Zonta Prize (support for future creations) with her film “Fuku Nashi”.

“This year’s list of winners includes seven first films. New voices thus rub shoulders with the work of established filmmakers (…) We are especially pleased that the diversity of film genres, generations, approaches or geographies that guide and acclaimed by the public and by the juries has been awarded, “said Emilie Bujès, director artwork of Visions du Réel.

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The festival continues indoors through Sunday night and online through Monday. According to a first estimate by the authorities, the attendance is comparable to that of 2019, that is, about 45,000 entries. These are distributed among the general public, some 2,100 accredited professionals, 2,600 children and young people in school projections as well as participants in cultural mediation programs.

“We have won our bet by betting on a reinvented festival thanks to a very strong return to face-to-face and a greater virtual dimension acquired during the pandemic”, said Raymond Loretan, president of the event. “Visions du Réel is both a festival of direct encounters and a strong digital platform at the service of a diversified and globalized film culture.”

About 70 countries represented

This 53rd edition has presented 160 documentaries from 68 different countries since April 7 for its great face-to-face return to cinemas. Of 124 films in the official selection, 85 films had their world premieres.

The Italian director, screenwriter and producer Marco Bellocchio received the Honor Award for this 2022 edition. Kirsten Johnson, American filmmaker and cinematographer was the special guest this year in Nyon.

The 54th edition of Visions du Réel will take place from April 21 to 30, 2023, the organizers have already announced.

This article has been published automatically. Source: ats

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