Press 23 APR 2018

Two Belgian films awarded at Visions du Réel

Two Belgian docs were awarded during the closing ceremony of Swiss festival Visions du Réel

When Arabs danced by Jawad Rhalib, took the Audience Award for the best film of Grand Angle section (10.000 CHF prize money). In When Arabs danced Jawad Rhalib questions Islamic Fascism and allows the voice of reason to speak in order to break what is now: “Be an artist and shut up!”.

A girl from Ouessant by female director Eléonore Saintagnan was awarded best short film (CHF 5.000) of the International middle and short film Competition. A Girl from Ouessant is an invented and, at the same time very documented, cartography of the island of Ouessant. Drawing on the regional archives filmed in black and white dating from a time when the island lived mainly from fishing, the director takes us far away, to a world in which historical reality is nourished by personal mythology, to imagined places, and where, by projecting ourselves, we start to feel the salty sea spray on our face.

Both films has been supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisul of Wallonai-Burssels Federation.

Starting in 1969, the Festival quickly made a name for itself as one of the most important rendez-vous for documentary film. Renamed Visions du Réel in 1995, it is the only Swiss film festival for this specific field.