Press 26 MAR 2013

French speaking Belgian documentary out in force at the Nyon Visions du Réel Festival

At its press conference, the International Documentary Film Festival « Visions du Réel » announced its selection, which, as it happens, includes no less than five films from the Walloon-Brussels Federation, four of which in competition.

Christophe Cotteret’s Démocratie Année Zéro will compete in the feature-length category. This Entre Chien et Loup production is about the Tunisian uprising against the authoritarian Za Ben Ali regime. In two chapters and twelve months of research, the filmmaker offers us a look behind the scenes of this major event as seen through the eyes of the protagonists and revolutionaries.
Two films will be in the running in the medium-length category: Silence Radio (Radio Silence) by Valery Rosier, which in January this year won three prizes at the Biarritz Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA), among which the “FIPA d’Or for best creative documentary”. This film, produced by Need Productions and coproduced by RTBF presents a touching and odd portrayal of a rural Picardy district and its inhabitants as reflected in a local radio station which gives them new energy. It is the story of a local radio station managed by volunteers which creates strong and vital social bonds.
The other film in competition is Au-delà de l’Ararat (Beyond Ararat) by Brussels filmmaker Tülin Özdemir, produced by Stenola Productions, the story of a woman who spends her childhood at a Brussels school and who travels to Armenia as a grown up to restore missing memories of her roots, a journey between dream and reality in search of her cultural heritage and her identity.

Quand est-ce que je les ai vus s’embrasser (When have I seen them kiss?) by Baptiste Janon, produced by the Atelier Jeunes cinéastes (Young Filmmakers Workshop), will compete in the international short film category. The documentary examines the relationships between nocturnal taxi drivers and their passengers observing an intimate sexual adventure with a client.
And finally, Elise Fay and Bertrand Romefort’s Viens ! (Come!) has been selected in the “First Steps” section. This short film, produced by Les Films du Crochet, is an observation of three days in the everyday life of a twelve year old boy in a village high up in the Moroccan Atlas mountains.

All these films have received support from the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Walloon-Brussels Federation.

The Swiss documentary film festival at Nyon, established in 1969 and re-baptized “Visions du Réel” in 1995, is one of the world’s leading creative documentary film platforms. Apart from a programme which stimulates encounter and dialogue between all documentary formats (experimental, essay, intimate journal, home movies, historical research and reconstruction, reports etc.), the festival also organizes a state of affairs and various workshops with leading documentary filmmakers, including Alexander Sokurov, Robert Frank and Raymond Depardon. This year’s edition is scheduled April 19 to 26.