54th Visions du Réel

International Film Festival Nyon
21.04.2023 to 30.04.2023

The members of the Interreligious Jury in Nyon 2023, from left: Mohammad Rezaeian, Linda Dombovszky, Nicolas Bresson, Garance Hayat

"Pure Unknown" by Valentina Cicogna and Mattia Colombo, an international co-production from Italy, Switzerland and Sweden, won the Prize of the Interreligious Jury in Nyon 2023. The Grand Prix in the International Competition was awarded by the international festival jury to While the Green Grass Grows by Peter Mettler (Switzerland, Canada, 2023). The jury also awarded a Special Prize to "Defectors" by Hyung kyung Kim (South Korea, USA, 2023) and a Mention spéciale to "In Ukraine" by Piotr Pawlus and Thomas Wolski (Poland, Germany, 2023). The Fipresci Jury awarded the International Film Critics' Prize to "Knit's Island" by Ekiem Barbier, Guilhem Causse and Quentin L'helgoualc'h (France, 2023).

"Nightwatchers" by Juliette de Marcillac opened the 54th edition of Visions du Réel in Nyon on 21 April. The film was part of the Grand Angle competition section, where the Audience Award is presented. The Interreligious Jury, appointed by INTERFILM and SIGNIS, awarded its CHF 5,000 prize in the International Competition for Long Films, which included a total of 14 entries. Other competition sections were Burning Lights for films with new, innovative forms, the National Competition and the Competition for medium-length and short films. In total, the festival dedicated to documentary film showed 131 films. Guest of honour was the Argentinean director Lucrecia Martel, special guest Alice Rohrwacher. Both have become known primarily for their feature films. With their invitation, said artistic director Emilie Bujès, the porosity of genre boundaries is underlined which is characteristic of the Nyon festival.

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Pure Unknown shows the professional, empathetic and committed work of Italian forensic doctor Cristina Cattaneo, who has made it her duty to identify the bodies of "complete unknowns" found by the police. The camera moves with delicacy and modesty through the autopsy rooms and interviews with the relatives of the missing, highlighting the profound humanity with which the doctor invests her gestures and words. The film is a witness to Cristina's contacts with a member of the European Parliament and opens up in an unexpected way to the question of migration and the suffering it generates. Informing families of the death of their loved ones in the Mediterranean Sea is the last possible act of respect in a world torn apart.