The international documentary festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland, will host three Flemish documentary premieres: Manno Lanssens’ Epilogue, Karel De Cock’s Accepting the Image and Mike Figgis’ The Co(te)lette Film. The festival, which is also affiliated to the Doc Outlook Documentary market, runs from 7-13 April. This year’s is the first edition under the artistic leadership of Luciano Barisone.
Epilogue, which is to have its world premiere in Nyon, will screen in official competition. In the film, director Lanssens tells the gripping story of Neel, a 50-year-old mother of three with terminal cancer, who is determined to spend her remaining time as happily as possible. The film combines heaviness with lightness with poetry, asks questions about the end of life in a unique way, and shows us a process for which there are no guidelines.
Karel De Cock’s Accepting the Image will screen in the Premiers Pas Section, a programme which offers a platform for graduating filmmakers to present their work to both public and professionals. The short documentary questions the role of glamour and the media portraying it. Accepting the Image is constructed around observational imagery of women shot throughout the city of New York and sequences of glamorous hollywood stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, and the Olson twins.
Lastly, Oscar winner Mike Figgis has also been selected with his The Co(te)lette Film. This cinematographic adaptation of the award-winning dance performance by choreographer Ann Van den Broeck had its world premiere at the recent Ghent International Film Festival and will screen at Visions du Réel in the Etats d’Esprit Panorama.
The Co(te)lette Film was co-produced by Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film (Bullhead), while Ellen De Waele produced Epilogue for Serendipity Films, which recently presented Grande Hotel in Rotterdam. Accepting the Image is a graduation project at the Sint-Lukas film school.
This is Luciano Barisone’s first time at the helm of this acclaimed documentary festival. A former journalist, the Italian Barisone has proven his worth at a number of international film festivals including Venice, Locarno and Firenze.