Press 11 MAR 2019

5 films from Wallonia Brussels at Visions du Réel

For its 50th edition from April 5-13th, the International Film Festival of Nyon will present not less than five Belgian French-speaking films.

Selected in the International Feature Film Competition, Century of smoke and Without Knocking.

Produced by Dérives, Century of Smoke, directed by Nicolas Graux, depicts the everyday life of a Laotian family. Laosan, a young family man, spends all his time smoking opium. For his community, lost in the heart of the Laotian jungle, opium farming is the only way to survive. But opium is also the poison that puts men to sleep and kills their desires.

In co-production with WIP, this documentary has received the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of Wallonia Brussels Federation, with Creative Europe Programme - MEDIA of the European Union.

Directed by Alexe Poukine and produced by the Brussels Video Centre, Without Knocking tells the story of Ada, 19. A man she knows invites her to dinner and she accepts. Everything goes so quickly. She doesn’t defend herself. Her genitals get torn, her mind is scattered. In spite or because of that, she goes back twice to confront this man. Her story intertwines with others, each one different, yet all the same – a nasty, insane and commonplace story.

Supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of Wallonia Brussels Federation, the documentary has been co-produced with CBA, Take Five, RTBF (Belgian Radio-Television) and BIP TV.

Among the films selected in the International Competition Medium Length and Short Film, Passing Time, A l’usage des vivants (To the living) and Les Enfants du paradis.

In Passing time, Lou Colpé tells part of the life of his grandparents. “I started filming my grandparents in 2007. I was fifteen years old. I don’t know why I started filming them, I really loved my grandfather a lot. As the years went by, I turned my camera more and more towards my grandmother who was suffering from a disturbing illness. Alzheimer’s. I filmed a fraction of their lives, as it happens much of it towards the end, the last eight years.

Produced by Dérives, this film has been supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of Wallonia Brussels Federation.

A l’usage des vivants (To the living), produced by Contre-Ciels asbl and directed by Pauline Fonsny, plunges into a dark history of the Belgian past. Twenty years after Samira Adamu was killed in Belgium, two women let out a female war cry. They highlight the reality of the closed centres for migrants, the conditions of detention, the suffering of the inmates and the exactions of the guards and police.

In co-production with Gsara, the film has received the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of Wallonia Brussels Federation.

Last short film in competition, Les Enfants du Paradis by Simon Coulibaly Gillard, in co-production with WIP. At night, in the labyrinthine maze of the Bamako market, two children search for each other, Modibo and Issé are street children. Through the eyes of these children, their harsh and tragic daily lives are drawn, oscillating between terrifying reality and magical nightmares.

Starting in 1969, the Festival quickly made 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. The Festival is also considered as a stepping stone for new talent. Alongside a very varied programme, the Festival also offers masterclasses, debates with film directors, meetings with professionals and many cultural mediation activities. This year, the Festival will take place April 5-13.