Lightdox at Visions du Réel 2022
We’re looking forward to another busy edition of the International Film Fesival Nyon! This year’s Visions du Réel returns to in-person screenings and events, April 7-17, and it’s with incredible pleasure that we present our line-up which includes 3 World Premieres and 1 Swiss Premiere!
Premiering in the International Feature Film Competition is the debut feature doc of Marusya Syroechkovskaya HOW TO SAVE A DEAD FRIEND – a story of two young lovers who create an unbreakable bond within a destructive world.
Marusya and Kimi are inseparable lovers coming-of-age as Russia’s authoritarian dreams take hold. Turning Marusya’s camera on themselves, the two capture the euphoric anxiety of their youth, burning the candle at both ends — but as one light burns brighter, the other may be extinguished forever. A message from a silenced generation.
Competing in the Burning Lights category is Lucie Králová’s KAPR CODE – a documentary opera tracing the life of controversial avant-garde Czech composer Jan Kapr (1914-1988), a Stalin Award laureate who was later banned in communist Czechoslovakia and erased from public memory.
In the National Competition we have director and anthropologist Céline Pernet‘s quest to understand the men of her generation with her feature debut GARÇONNIÈRES which casts an amused and caring eye, reflecting an urgent need to discuss current models of masculinity.
“We always take special care to compose our lineup in a way that different and surprising artistic approaches are given a spotlight. All the films we embrace though have transformative storytelling in common, and GARÇONNIÈRES by Céline Pernet, which captures the zeitgeist of the 21st century’s understanding of masculinity with precision and humor is no exception.
Alongside it KAPR CODE by Lucie Králová is a feature film that breaks barriers of form and genre and
dramatically transforms a story into a unique experience. We feel very privileged to continue working with talented directors with vision and drive and to defend thrilling, unique pieces of documentary art.” shares Anna Berthollet, co-founder and CEO of Lightdox.
Completing our line-up is Nikolay Stefanov‘s first feature documentary NO PLACE FOR YOU IN OUR TOWN in the Latitudes section. Nikolay Stefanov’s camera peeks underneath a group of football hooligans’ tough and rough appearance and explores their lives with openness and genuine human curiosity. It is also nominated for the new “Perception Change Award”, in partnership with the United Nations, which will be given to a film that “sheds light on the current issues that will define the world of tomorrow“.
NO PLACE FOR YOU IN OUR TOWN premiered at CPH:DOX in the Next:Wave competition and will go on to screen at Movies that Matter and Krakow Film Festival next. It marks HBO Max’s first original from Bulgaria, streaming on the platform in fall 2022.
We are really enthusiastic about our partnership with Visions du Réel once again and to present the Lightdox Award to support the project with highest international potential at the VdR- Work in Progress section with a 3,000 CHF cash prize.
We are thrilled to meet fellow industry professionals and present our latest titles over the next ten days at one of the major festivals dedicated to non-fiction filmmaking!