Five of the winning films screened throughout the day on Saturday 29th April in Nyon
The closing ceremony of Visions du Réel took place tonight, Friday the 28th April. The winners of the prizes in the various film categories were announced and the festival has officially come to a close.
However, if any readers missed the opportunity to see any documentaries during the week there is an opportunity to see five of the winning films tomorrow Saturday 29th April from 10:30 onwards until 20:00, all of these films will be screened at the Salle Communale in Nyon.
CHF 10 per film or CHF 38 for all five films
Description of films in English on each link
10:30 – La Pesca et Vivre Riche
16:00 – Retour au Palais
18:00 – In Loco Parentis ( note: this is one of the films that Living in Nyon reviewed –see here)
20:00 – Taste of Cement (also reviewed by this site – see here)
This is the final year that Luciano Barisone is the festival director, after seven years he is now moving onto pastures new and leaving the festival in good shape. When he first arrived there were 20,000 spectators – this year well over 40,000 participated in the festival. Even on sunny days some of the cinemas were full.
There was also a big increase in the number of films submitted to the festival. In his final press conference of Visions du Réel, Mr Barisone recalled that seven years ago the majority of films came from Europe. Today, films are submitted from around the world. This year there was a large delegation of film professionals from South Africa (the featured country at the 2017 festival).
The festival has evolved enormously over the years – involving the local schools in the festival, adding the town of Gland as a screening venue, and holding roundtable workshops and debates for the professional filmmakers. Mr Barisone thanked everyone involved in creating the festival from the volunteers to the staff and the whole team.
Photo above – Mr Luciano Barisone
Mr Claude Ruey, the Executive President of the festival also told the press that Visions du Réel has now become one of the most important documentary film festivals in the world.
The new director will be Mme Emilie Bujès.