A filmic essay depicting Dubai as a capitalist paradise with all the accompanying risks arising from living on debt, environmental destruction, modern forms of slavery, and other ills of the neo-liberal globalized world...
Called Marriage Stories, the series of documentary films covers twenty-five years of Czech society by watching the lives of several married couples. The methodis what gives the films their causality as the story develops over a long period of time. The story of Marcela was especially moving as we witness the death of her daughter at the end...
A cameraman and a soundman arrive in Corvo in 2007, the smallest island in the archipelago of the Azores. Right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Corvo is a large rock, 6km high and 4km long, with the crater of a volcano and a single tiny village of 440 people...
The film covers the hot-blooded dispute over a U.S. military base, as part of the National Missile Defense Program, which was planned for construction in the woods surrounding Brdy Military Area...
A documentary on the extremes to which workers will go to earn a living.
A filmmaker’s inquiry into transcendence becomes a three-hour trip across countries and cultures,
interconnecting people, places and times.
Blind Loves is a film about love between blind people. Love can be soft, love can be silly, love can be blind at times...
Prague, Czech Republic, 31 May, 2003 - its a few minutes before 10 a.m. and there are more than 3000 people jostling on a remote parking place...
On screen, one blank sheet of paper after another is slowly being filled with lines: inhabitants of Aida Refugee Camp (Bethlehem) draw mental maps of their surroundings and tell the stories related to those subjective geographies.
«In balance between Schalk and melancholy... On the way with the artist Roman Signer - an attempt at the ideal cruising speed.»
Jan Vladislav, Czech poet and author, signatory of Charter 77, publisher of the samizdat manuscript series Kvart, and translator.
Musicians from all corners of the world are brought together in the movie in an unbelievable mix of music styles. Against the background of breathtaking nature, exciting musical confrontations ensue.
Polyphony of tales by migrants who returned to their homeland after having spent many years abroad. This film proposes a haptic and sensorial evocation of lifestories and memories through filmic experimentations and traces of material culture.
A filmmaker in the statistical middle of his life suffers from chronophobia. He has to find a way to slow down the passage of time. A personal essayfilm exploring the essence of time.
A dog’s funeral becomes part of a chain of absurd events including a tomato ketchup battle, a reconstruction of the battle of Austerlitz and a motorbike show. Its common denominator is the commercial interest of sponsors and big buisness, the ambivalent winners of privatization and participants of numerous coruption affairs...
Thirty-five years after it’s independence from the Portuguese colonial rule, Goa is definitely a state of many contrasts. Together with a strong migrating Hindu population, there is still a Portuguese speaking minority which seems somewhat frozen in nostalgia and kept in a strange time limbo.
Can one man prevent his remote, woman-less village in Southern Serbia from disappearing?
Ten contemporary storytellers of different cultures create an imaginary epic story and the aromas of culturesbv carry us from one storyteller to the next.
"Hans im Glück" is the story of a man who sets out to get rid of his habit of smoking. Thus he plans to walk from Zurich, his present residence, «back» to his native town St. Gallen, where he startet to smoke a long time ago.
Elsa returns to her homeland, Caldas da Rainha, in Portugal to meet her mother. Through this little adventure, we discover the city and the mysterious activities of its inhabitants, as well as elements of Elsa's family history. A crossed impressionist portrait is woven, temporalities become confused, and dreams mingle with reality.
Between 1947 and 1950, more than 80 000 Greek citizens were imprisoned on the isle of Makronisos (Greece) in reeducation camps created to ‘fight the spread of communism’. Among these exiles were a number of writers and poets, including Yannis Ritsos and Tassos Livaditis. Despite the deprivation and torture, these prisoners succeeded in composing poems, which describe their struggle for survival in this world of internment...
Climb up, let’s jump, the fields are green and the houses grey. We’re all small. It feels like the pores of my skin have become gigantic.
p>Mother has literally drowned herself in alcohol, father is about to do so passing his time to the end in bed, sister is never at home...
Story of authors Revolutionary grandmothers. They all three fought for what they believed – anarchism, communism, freedom movement, and all three had to pay for that.
Alouate, born in Tangier in 1996, lives on the streets since the age of ten...
The setting: a mental hospital in Evreux on the eve of its demolition. By way of introduction, a quick and sharp track-out through a window, as a foretaste of what is coming: a journey from outside to inside, carried along by the wind.
Brussels, behind the closed doors of a classroom. Using a textbook dating from the Islamic revolution, Sanaz Azari, the director, learns how to read and write in Persian, her mother tongue...
Hard-hitting documentary about the perils and promises of globalization.
DIAL H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, the acclaimed hijacking documentary that eerily foreshadowed 9-11. We meet the romantic skyjackers who fought their revolutions and won airtime on the passenger planes of the 1960's and 1970's...
Grimsel-West was the name of a project for the expansion of the hydroelectric plant in the Hasli Valley. Submitted on 30 June 1988, its realization seems fairly improbable for the moment. Originally conceived as an expression of opposition to the construction of a new dam, the film tries to fathom the undercurrent of apprehension caused by such plans to exploit the environment.
Students from ECAL meet Laila Pakalnina, who ran a workshop at Visions du Réel in 2013.
This is the unique story of a love and hate triangle built around something one cannot see, touch or weigh: radio waves.
A short film by Ross McElwee, who gave a masterclass at Visions du Réel in 2014.
Since weeks it's cold and wet. It's already late, Karl Winter is on his way home. Under dark circumstances he accidentally meets a woman of mysterious fascination - Martha... And so begins a love story of fatal dynamics which throws Karl far off the tracks of reason. Wicked dreams and subliminal changes in Karl's surroundings confirm his feelings that with Martha the uncanniness has also entered his life.
Brussels, La Monnaie Opera House. Three people near the end of their lives meet with choreographers, actors and musicians. They take part in a unique experience which involves music, dance and silence...
Pripyat was home to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers. It was abandoned in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster.
Fragments of spaces and times, remains of eras and places inhabited only by memories and ghosts. Traces of things which time, the elements, nature and human action have modified and still do. With the passing of time everything that was cease to exist, eventually becoming into something else.
Loss of family space, work space, urban space and memory space. These four subdivisions of space tested by time, searching for and responding to each other, contaminated by chaos in a town falling apart.
The tempestive dash of a scientist in the research of the crystal lattice, he will loose himself until reaching Hiroshima…
It is six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans. Its inhabitants – mostly poor Afro-Americans – have lost their family, homes, and work.
The paranormal experiment with a train set by psycho-physisist Dr. Johannes Hagel relates to something, which can’t explained in physical terms.
At age 15, Taelor's idyllic childhood abruptly ends after the violent & sudden death of her doting father. Now 26, free-spirited Taelor navigates drug abuse, guns, madness & inherent violence of the rich, white Houstonian ghettos in Trump's America.
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.
Lebrun is a new player on the burgeoning Chinese-African trade route, brokering in Guangzhou an enormous order for Congolese presidential campaign t-shirts. But he gets stung when the order is held up in production until months after the election...
Sonor tells us about the encounter of an film musician and a former ballet dancer, who is deaf by birth...
A thirty day music marathon by Swiss musicians Koch-Schütz-Studer turns into a cinematic piece of chamber music.
The character of a German woman writer, about whom we know precious little, apart from the fact that her mother is losing her memory, goes to Hiroshima during the commemoration of the bombing...
Portrait of a generation where marriage was “until death do us apart”, and a time of misery and oppression marked by the inheritance of the Spanish Civil War.
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