On the occasion of its Documentary Film Festival organised online this year, Visions du Réel pays tribute to Claire Denis, a significant, radical and
adventurous filmmaker, by awarding her the Sesterce d’or Prix
Raiffeisen Maître du Réel, She is a prominent figure in contemporary
filmmaking, having directed over 30 feature-length films including six
docu-mentaries. A selective retrospective is devoted to her work, and
she will give an online masterclass during the Festival in collaboration with ECAL and The Cinémathèque Suisse.
Online masterclass on Wednesday 29th April 2020 at 3pm on www.visionsdureel.ch
Moderated by Emilie Bujès, Artistic Director of Visions du Réel, and Lionel Baier, Head of the ECAL Cinema Department.
In addition, two Bachelor Cinema films are in competition in the Opening Scenes Section, which highlights first films or student films presented in world premieres. Broadcast online thanks to the link below from 17th to 24th April 2020.
"Le Prix du bonheur" by ECAL/Rodrigo Muñoz – 18min
Facing exorbitant fees for sessions with his therapist, Rodrigo Muñoz finds a great economical use of resources in this self–dramatization which portrays the account of his depression. In confronting the pecuniary dimension of the day-to-day, Rodrigo ironically seizes upon film as a process of emancipation.
"The Last One" (L'ultima) by ECAL/Nikita Merlini – 16min
Elena is the last one. Following her brother’s departure from Ticino, she remains alone with her mother in their large lakeside house. For her, it is not yet time to go but, already, she is imagining with nostalgia what she will foresake, carried away by her desire for discovery. Nikita Merlini captures the traces of what she leaves behind her in her gentle journey into adulthood.
Also participation of several ECAL graduates in various competitions:
"Il mio corpo" by Michele Pennetta (MA Cinema ECAL/HEAD graduate) - 80 min
International competition (short and medium-length films):
"Trio" by Benjamin Bucher & Agnese Làposi (BA Cinema graduates) - 23 min
"Heidi en Chine" by François Yang (BA Cinema graduate) - 82 min