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Trace of the Future according to Visions du Réel

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The beginning of the new Doc Alliance season is drawing near! The Swiss festival Visions du Réel is traditionally the first one to pick up the documentary baton. However, even before the opening of the 46th edition, the festival has a spectacular online surprise for all impatient viewers; 60 short films by renowned local and global directors in which selected personalities celebrate the past anniversaries of the festival and introduce their vision of the future. What is the “Trace of the Future according to...” like? Watch from March 30 to April 12, 2015 at DAFilms.com for free!


The theme of the past was a key theme of the past edition of the Doc Alliance festival Visions du Réel. The 45th edition offered two important anniversaries for celebration; 45 years since the founding of the festival in 1969 and 20 years of the festival’s history under its current name Visions du Réel. The events of the past and celebrations of the present are inseparably linked to the visions of the future. That is why the festival asked internationally renowned filmmakers who have a long-term connection to the festival about their idea of the future. What traces will we leave to the future generations? What traces will be left by documentary film?

Exactly 60 filmmakers were selected and asked to carry out a task that seems simple at first glance; to make a short film that is approximately 3 minutes long. However, how to capture the future within the merciless limit of three minutes? Whose future – the personal one, the national one, the global one, or perhaps the future of film? You can see how acclaimed documentarists and audiovisual artists coped with the task; for the first time online and for a whole two weeks!

In the multitude of famous names, the one of Canadian film wizard and audiovisual experimenter Peter Mettler stands out in particular. Even in a short film, he does not lose his ability to fascinate by his concept of extreme long shots revealing the inevitability of the movement of the Earth and the passing of time by means of visual metaphors and compressions. Young respected director Sebastian Mez, whose film Ein Brief aus Deutschland received the festival’s main award for mid-length film in 2011, employs an experimental visual language combined with a distinctive acoustic noise element in his film trace of the future, letting the viewers grope in the dark of his nocturnal images rather than offering them a clearly formulated futuristic message. The very medium of film and its meaning for creating, capturing and preserving reality is the focus of the short film by Italian documentary duo Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti, who gave their film contribution the telling title Traces for the Future.

One of the collection’s most remarkable personal accounts is the story told by young French director Axel Salvatori-Sinz. After three years, he revisits his debut The Shebabs of Yarmouk, nominated for the European Doc Alliance Selection Award in 2013, to recall the life story of the protagonist, cheerful and brave Hassan, who became one of the thousands of victims of the still continuing and still overlooked war in Syria. On the contrary, an optimistic future in the form of a sincere and joyful existence of a child captured in an intimate observation of playful moments with his son is captured by the camera of American director Robert Greene whose name you should not miss on the North American documentary scene.

Dream about the future along with 60 leading documentary directors and visit the shore of Lake Geneva to celebrate the 46th edition of Visions du Réel from April 17 to 25!


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Films for the event

VdR_Pakalnina_1

I am not an animal

I am not an animal (Orig.) / 2013 / Switzerland / 7 min

Students from ECAL meet Laila Pakalnina, who ran a workshop at Visions du Réel in 2013.

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trace_Passi_1

Trace of the future according to Jukka Kärkkäinen & J-P Passi

Une trace du futur selon Jukka Kärkkäinen et J-P Passi (Orig.) / 2014 / Finland / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Jones_1

Trace of the future according to Rachel Leah Jones

Une trace du futur selon Rachel Leah Jones (Orig.) / 2014 / Israel / 5 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Jaillette_1

Trace of the future according to Louise Jaillette

Une trace du futur selon Louise Jaillette (Orig.) / 2014 / France / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Huezo_1

Trace of the future according to Tatiana Huezo

Une trace du futur selon Tatiana Huezo (Orig.) / 2014 / El Salvador / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Florey_1

Trace of the future according to Fred Florey

Une trace du futur selon Fred Florey (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Everson_1

Trace of the future according to Kevin Jerome Everson

Une trace du futur selon Kevin Jerome Everson (Orig.) / 2014 / United Kingdom / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Epopee_1

Trace of the future according to Groupe Epopée

Une trace du futur selon Groupe Epopée (Orig.) / 2014 / Canada / 1 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Comolli_1

Trace of the future according to Jean-Louis Comolli

Une trace du futur selon Jean-Louis Comolli (Orig.) / 2014 / France / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Cioni_1

Trace of the future according to Giovanni Cioni

Une trace du futur selon Giovanni Cioni (Orig.) / 2014 / Belgium / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Greene_1

Trace of the future according to Robert Greene

Une trace du futur selon Robert Greene (Orig.) / 2014 / United States / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Barbosa_1

Trace of the future according to Fellipe Barbosa

Une trace du futur selon Fellipe Barbosa (Orig.) / 2014 / Brazil / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Baillif_1

Trace of the future according to Fred Baillif

Une trace du futur selon Fred Baillif (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Abramovich_1

Trace of the future according to Fabienne Abramovich

Une trace du futur selon Fabienne Abramovich (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Ayala_1

Trace of the future according to Patricia Ayala

Une trace du futur selon Patricia Ayala (Orig.) / 2014 / Colombia / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Keltek_1

Trace of the future according to Gürcan Keltek

Une trace du futur selon Gürcan Keltek (Orig.) / 2014 / Turkey / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Le_1

Trace of the future according to Khoa Lê

Une trace du futur selon Khoa Lê (Orig.) / 2014 / Taiwan / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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VdR_Sivan_1

Rencontre Avec Eyal Sivan

Rencontre Avec Eyal Sivan (Orig.) / 2013 / Switzerland / 10 min

Students from ECAL meet Eyal Sivan, who ran a workshop at Visions du Réel in 2013.

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Vandeweerd_1

1996 – 2004 – 2014

1996 – 2004 – 2014 (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 5 min

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McElwee_1

This is Life

This is Life (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 4 min

A short film by Ross McElwee, who gave a masterclass at Visions du Réel in 2014.

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Trace_Baier_1

Trace of the future according to Lionel Baier

Une trace du futur selon Lionel Baier (Orig.) / 2014 / Russia, Switzerland / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Konopka_1

Trace of the future according to Bartek Konopka

Une trace du futur selon Bartek Konopka (Orig.) / 2014 / Poland / 1 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Humbert

Trace of the future according to Nicolas Humbert

Une trace du futur selon Nicolas Humbert (Orig.) / 2014 / Germany / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Furbringer_Humbert_1

Trace of the future according to Simone Furbringer & Nicolas Humbert

Une trace du futur selon Simone Furbringer et Nicolas Humbert (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Petersmann_1

Trace of the future according to Charlie Petersmann

Une trace du futur selon Charlie Petersmann (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 5 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Silva_1

Trace of the future according to Jeff Silva

Une trace du futur selon Jeff Silva (Orig.) / 2014 / United States / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Polgovsky_1

Trace of the future according to Eugenio Polgovsky

Une trace du futur selon Eugenio Polgovsky (Orig.) / 2014 / Mexico / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Pimentel_1

Trace of the future according to Marcos Pimentel

Une trace du futur selon Marcos Pimentel (Orig.) / 2014 / Brazil / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Palmieri_1

Trace of the future according to Michael Palmieri & Donal Mosher

Une trace du futur selon Michael Palmieri et Donal Mosher (Orig.) / 2014 / United States / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Mez_1

Trace of the future according to Sebastian Mez

Une trace du futur selon Sebastian Mez (Orig.) / 2014 / Germany / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Maire_1

Trace of the future according to Jérôme le Maire

Une trace du futur selon Jérôme le Maire (Orig.) / 2014 / Belgium / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Peltier_1

Trace of the future according to Nico Peltier & Pablo Salaun

Une trace du futur selon Nico Peltier et Pablo Salaun (Orig.) / 2014 / France / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Periot_1

Trace of the future according to Gabriel Périot

Une trace du futur selon Gabriel Périot (Orig.) / 2014 / France / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Peter_1

Trace of the future according to Levin Peter

Une trace du futur selon Levin Peter (Orig.) / 2014 / Germany / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_danolfi_parenti_1

Trace of the future according to Massimo D'Anolfi and Martina Parenti

Une trace du futur selon Massimo D'Anolfi and Martina Parenti (Orig.) / 2014 / Italy / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Pakalnina_1

Trace of the future according to Laila Pakalnina

Une trace du futur selon Laila Pakalnina (Orig.) / 2014 / Latvia / 5 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Moreno_1

Trace of the future according to Victor Moreno

Une trace du futur selon Victor Moreno (Orig.) / 2014 / Spain / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Traces_Melgar_1

Trace of the future according to Fernand Melgar

Une trace du futur selon Fernand Melgar (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Kremser_1

Trace of the future according to Elsa Kremser

Une trace du futur selon Elsa Kremser (Orig.) / 2014 / Austria / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_kestner_1

Trace of the future according to Max Kestner

Une trace du futur selon Max Kestner (Orig.) / 2014 / Denmark / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Heise_1

Trace of the future according to Thomas Heise

Une trace du futur selon Thomas Heise (Orig.) / 2014 / Germany / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Entell_1

Trace of the future according to Peter Entell

Une trace du futur selon Peter Entell (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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trace_brouillette_1

Trace of the future according to Richard Brouillette

Une trace du futur selon Richard Brouillette (Orig.) / 2014 / Canada / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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trace_mettler_1

Trace of the future according to Peter Mettler

Une trace du futur selon Peter Mettler (Orig.) / 2014 / Canada / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Sinz_1

Trace of the future according to Axel Salvatori-Sinz

Une trace du futur selon Axel Salvatori-Sinz (Orig.) / 2014 / France / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Goel_1

Trace of the future according to Stéphane Goël

Une trace du futur selon Stéphane Goël (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Reynicke_1

Trace of the future according to Klaudia Reynicke

Une trace du futur selon Klaudia Reynicke (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Reusser_1

Trace of the future according to Francis Reusser

Une trace du futur selon Francis Reusser (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Riedmatten_1

Trace of the future according to Emmannuelle de Riedmatten

Une trace du futur selon Emmannuelle de Riedmatten (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Traces_Schmidt_1

Trace of the future according to Marc Schmidt

Une trace du futur selon Marc Schmidt (Orig.) / 2014 / Netherlands / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Traces_Gonzales_1

Trace of the future according to Everardo Gonzales

Une trace du futur selon Everardo Gonzalez (Orig.) / 2014 / Mongolia / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Traces_Jorge_1

Trace of the future according to Bruno Jorge

Une trace du futur selon Bruno Jorge (Orig.) / 2014 / Brazil / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Traces_Hintermann_1

Trace of the future according to Carlo Hintermann

Une trace du futur selon Carlo Hintermann (Orig.) / 2014 / Italy / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Traces_Hofer_1

Trace of the future according to Eileen Hofer

Une trace du futur selon Eileen Hofer (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Harrison_1

Trace of the future according to Blaise Harrison

Une trace du futur selon Blaise Harrison (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Gilliand_1

Trace of the future according to Denise Gilliand

Une trace du futur selon Denise Gilliand (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Gerrets_1

Trace of the future according to Boris Gerrets

Une trace du futur selon Boris Gerrets (Orig.) / 2014 / Netherlands / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Celesia_1

Trace of the future according to Alessandra Celesia

Une trace du futur selon Alessandra Celesia (Orig.) / 2014 / Italy / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Caballero_1

Trace of the future according to Jorge Caballero

Une trace du futur selon Jorge Caballero (Orig.) / 2014 / Colombia / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Zuchuat_1

Trace of the future according to Olivier Zuchuat

Une trace du futur selon Olivier Zuchuat (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Vlad_Voicu_1

Trace of the future according to Ana Vlad & Adrian Voicu

Une trace du futur selon Ana Vlad & Adrian Voicu (Orig.) / 2014 / Romania / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Tamadon_1

Trace of the future according to Mehran Tamadon

Une trace du futur selon Mehran Tamadon (Orig.) / 2014 / Iran / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Trace_Rosenblatt_1

Trace of the future according to Jay Rosenblatt

Une trace du futur selon Jay Rosenblatt (Orig.) / 2014 / United States / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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