Finding the algorithm of love – Friday night film in Nyon – “Love and Engineering”

The opening film at this year’s Visions du Reel festival “Love and Engineering”, to be shown Friday 25th at 1930 at the Theatre de Marens and Saturday 26th at 1200 at the Salle Communale in Nyon, is a documentary about a Bulgarian computer engineer living in Finland who thinks he has developed a scientific formula which will provide seductive powers to those who apply it.
He explains the theory to his fellow (male) colleagues and lets them loose in and around the streets, nightclubs and cafés of Helsinki to test out his theories. His colleagues are a mixed bunch, from the silent, quiet types (who spend most of their time programming or playing video games and who are far more comfortable with a virtual world than a real one), to those who are slightly more adept in chatting to the opposite sex, but still haven’t found love and long term relationships have eluded them. image
There are some poignant, almost painful scenes in the film: men being rejected by women, men sat in cafés desperately trying to make conversation with a blind date, men telling jokes which don’t really make the women laugh. The experiment in using the formula for love continues – along with lots moments of levity including a moment when one lonely man says, “I don’t end a woman to do the cleaning, I have a cleaning robot to do that” yet there is also a profound sadness to the mens’ dilemma and their inability to find a soul mate.

Apart from the inclusion of one scene where we see a female professor chatting to the men, (she gives some sound advice to these men who are full of theories) we don’t hear from any other women in this documentary, we don’t hear their side of the story of what they felt on the blind dates or what they felt about the men themselves. This tactic only adds to the allusion that women are a mystery, this plus the emotive electronic music throughout makes it a fascinating film. Director Tonislav Hristov has found a winning formula with this documentary unlike his protagonists men who are still searching for the formula for love.

Visions du Réel programme revealed, tickets now on sale

The posters and signs for the Visions due Réel film festival have now gone up around Nyon and the festival programme has now been revealed.

Tickets to films are now available for purchase. The festival takes place  from the 25th April to the 3rd May. Printed programmes can be found around the town, in the tourist office etc.

A festival for the public, not just for the professionals  

If you have never been to this festival before, it is one of the major documentary film festivals in Europe and many film makers, programme buyers from TV stations  descend on Nyon for Visions du Réel.  It’s one of the busiest times for the town’s restaurateurs too! However, this festival is definitely for the general public as well and  it will also interest an Anglophone audience. Many films that are screened are subtitled in English and they are often shown twice throughout the festival.  Living in Nyon will be at the festival  (as in previous years) and we will reviewing some of the films on offer.

Visions du Reel 2014 Poster

This year, it’s a special  20th anniversary year for the festival and there will be lots going on including the installation of shipping containers next to the Salle Communale! These will be used to create a welcome centre for film festival visitors. There will be entertainment in the street provided by the theatre team that entertain the crowds at Paléo, there will be live music concerts and lots more!

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Opening film of festival on 24th April

The film that will be shown the night before the festival begins on the 24th April at 19:00 at the Thèatre de Marens will be “The Optimists”. This is the story of a female Norwegian volley ball team, where the age of the team ranges from 60 -98!  Find out what happens when they play in a competition against a Swedish male volley ball team of a similar age! See  this you Tube video here of the trailer of the film,   This avant-première is offered free by the town of Nyon and is usually very popular, so get your tickets and your seat early! 

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More information to come on this festival nearer the time, keep watching this space!


Oscar winning film in English to be shown in Nyon and Aubonne this weekend and next Monday

Texas, la Traviata or a film about truth on the internet – Take your pick!

“Dallas Buyers Club”.   This Oscar winning film will be shown next week at both Nyon and Aubonne cinemas.

In Aubonne it will be shown in English on Saturday 8th March at 17:30, Sunday at 20:30 and  Tuesday at 20:30.  See Aubonne cinema site here.

Never been to the Aubonne cinema before? Read an article here about the cinema and its programme director and the cinema here in a Living in Nyon  article from July 2013.

Also at the same cinema on Monday 10th March at 20:30, the documentary  “Forbidden Voices” will be shown. This film was shown at the Visions du Réel documentary film festival in 2012 and was reviewed here on this site as a “must see” film.  The documentary follows three renowned female dissident bloggers from Cuba, Iran and China in their struggle to continue publishing the truth on the internet, despite state repression and persecution.

Trailer above from “Forbidden Voices”

Monday 10th March  Nyon Capitole cinema 20:30  “Dallas Buyers Club” as part of the Monday Movie  season   

Lead actor Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar last week for his role in the film as a rodeo-loving Texan who contracted AIDS and went on to help  gay patients and drug addicts desperate for treatment.  Jared Leto  also won an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in this film.


Also 10th March at 20:30 in same cinema (in 2nd screening room) in collaboration with *Visions du Réel, Nyon’s upcoming documentary film festival, the film “Traviata et Nous” – “Becoming Traviata” in English/French. Documentary shot over two months in Spring 2011 about the making of a production of “La Traviata”   The film chronicles the rehearsals of the Verdi opera at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.  See trailer below.   *More details on the special anniversary edition of Visions du Réel coming up here on this site.   For more upcoming films at Nyon cinema see here 

Festival dates for 2014, Roadworks in Nyon centre for 5 months, plus other news.

Here is a handy list of dates of the five main festivals taking place in the Nyon area in 2014. The season kicks off with the winter mini rock festival Les Hivernales, followed in April by the documentary film festival Visions du Réel.

Caribana, the first of the summer festivals takes place in June, (note: the band Queens of the Stone Age will be playing at this festival on Thursday 5 June). Paléo, the major rock festival in town is in July and the line up will be announced on Tuesday 1st April. The festival season finishes with FAR, the festival of living arts.

Dates for diary

Roadworks near railway bridge in Nyon. There will be roadworks in the centre of Nyon beginning  Monday 13th January lasting for approximately five months. These roadworks will be near the roundabout under Nyon railway bridge.  These roadworks are part of a long  term project to improve traffic flow and to help users of the public transport system (particularly the bus network). Some roads will be closed off to cars and some bus stops will move to a different place. See map below of the new changes. More details can be found on the Nyon council site .


 Decision on show with controversial performer to be made next week.

The decision to on whether to let Dieudonné, the French stand up comedian perform in Nyon at the Théâtre de Marens will be taken by Nyon council next week. The performer is scheduled to perform here from the 3rd to the 5th February. Dieudonné’s shows have recently been cancelled in France (see article in the Independent newspaper here) having being labelled as ‘antisemitic’ and at the moment Nyon is one of the remaining venues still scheduled on the performer’s itinerary. In the light of  possible public disorder, and the show attracting demonstrations from various protest groups, the council will announce their decision on the situation on Tuesday.

Volunteer opportunities in Geneva and Nyon – from helping the homeless to organising conferences.


Image above courtesy: Serve the City.

Living in Nyon receives many emails from readers asking if there any volunteering opportunities in the area. There are plenty!  From helping to clean up the lake, to volunteering in charity shops, we will be featuring more of these on this site in the future.

In the meantime, here are three possibilities. The first is with the local documentary film festival Visions du Réel.  Although their site is in French only, you will find that many people in this organisation speak English.

The second is with Serve the City Geneva (they work in Nyon too)

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Above: “Serve the City Nyon” volunteers – photo courtesy “Serve the City”

The third is with International Conference Volunteers (the Living in Nyon editor has volunteered with this latter organisation before, there are lots of way of helping here, particularly if you want to volunteer your administration, writing, interpreting or IT skills).

Volunteers wanted for film festival in Spring

Visions du Reél, Nyon’s documentary film festival which takes place from the 25th April to the 3rd of May 2014, is looking for volunteers. Help is required in welcoming film goers, professionals and members of the public to the festival and with logistics and transport. If you are interested in helping out in this fabulous film festival  See here   Next year, this film festival celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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Volunteer with Serve the City Geneva or Serve the City Nyon. 

Looking for year round volunteering opportunities?  Take a look at Serve the City and the work they do around Geneva and Nyon. Many people from the international community volunteer their time with various temporary and permanent projects throughout the year with Serve the City. They are currently helping the Salvation Army shelter which houses 40 homeless seven nights a week. They serve breakfast and a hot dinner in the evening.  Their website is in English and French.     More info here and see video below.


Serve The City Geneva from ServetheCityGeneva on Vimeo.

International Conference Volunteers

ICVolunteers  is another organisation based in Geneva which offers many short- and long-term opportunities to volunteer in local, national and international settings.

According to their website, ICVolunteers provides “motivated individuals with unique short- and long-term opportunities to volunteer in local, national and international settings.volunteers offer their knowledge and experience to provide critical assistance to important humanitarian and other non-profit projects. At the same time, they also acquire new skills and grow both personally and professionally”.   There are lots of ways to volunteer with this association :

  • Conference Volunteering.  Work with other ICV volunteers to help plan, host, interpret and report on events for some of the most interesting and important local, national and international conferences.
  • CyberVolunteering. The CyberVolunteers Program recruits, trains and coordinates volunteers with skills in information and communication technology (ICT) for development. Volunteers participate in local, regional and international projects for a period of several weeks or months, offering their skills in areas such as web or software development, system administration and content generation.
  • Language services.  ICVolunteers recruits and coordinates volunteer translators and interpreters. We manage a network of community interpreters who accompany migrants (MigraLingua).
  • Communications and journalism.  Write and edit articles, interviews and other contributions for ICV publications, our website and other online forums.
  • Volunteering in different places around the world.  Volunteers can participate in local, regional and international projects for a period of several weeks or months in communications and journalism, information and communications technology, or conference services.
  • Other professional activities.  Individuals can apply their professional talents, including accounting, bookkeeping, computer maintenance, transportation services, and other important skills, to help our organization manage and build its programs.
  • Internships and ‘long-term’ volunteering with ICVolunteers.  We offer internships (unpaid) and long-term volunteer opportunities, be it in translation (from and to English, French and Spanish), event organization, writing and editing, Internet research, IT-related work (web, system and software development) and resource mobilization in Geneva (Switzerland). We are also looking for long-term volunteer for our offices in Canada, France, Mali, South Africa, Spain and are working with online volunteers.