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The Trial (O Processo) directed by Maria Ramos won the main award, the Sesterce d'Or La Mobilière, at the prestigious Swiss documentary festival Visions du Réel in Nyon. Five other documentaries (co-)produced in The Netherlands were also selected.

The Trial competed in the Compétition Internationale Longs Métrages, the international competition for feature-length documentaries. The film is produced by Ramos’s Nofoco Filmes (Brazil), Conijn Films (The Netherlands) and Autentika Films (Germany). The uncompromising documentary about the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female President, earlier received the 3rd place Panorama Audience Award at the Berlinale. Back in 2004, Ramos won the Grand Prize at Visions du Réel for her documentary Justice.

Instant Dreams* directed by Willem Baptist and produced by Pieter van Huystee Film (The Netherlands) was part of the exclusive Doc Alliance selection, an exclusive selection of only two films amongst the ones nominated by the seven Doc Alliance festival partners. The film explores the magic and mystery of Polaroid, looking at the past and future of the iconic instant photographic medium.

Ceres, the first feature-length documentary by Janet van den Brand, produced by Diplodokus (Belgium) and Tangerine Tree (The Netherlands), was screened in the Special Projections section. The lyrical documentary about four children growing up in the rural southwest of The Netherlands was the closing film of the festival.    

The non-competitive Opening Scenes section of Visions du Réel, dedicated to first short films or student films, featured two Dutch minority co-productions. Hello My First Love, Over and Out had its world premiere at the festival. The intimate, phantasmagorical documentary about the search for a lost lover is directed and produced by Daniel Donato, who graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy last year. Confluence is directed by Benjamin Ramírez Pérez (artist-in-residence at De Ateliers Amsterdam) and his brother Stefan Ramírez Pérez. The documentary was co-produced by the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Confluence tells Serbia’s turbulent history through an intimate portrait of pop star Doris Bizetić.  


Theta Rhythm* directed by Bojan Fajfric and produced by Zelović Production, is an older documentary from 2010. The film screened in the Focus Serbia section celebrating the artistic output from this budding filmmaking country. Theta Rhythm is a reconstruction of the rise to power of Slobodan Milošević, a crucial moment in Serbian history.


The 49th edition of Visions du Réel – International Film Festival ran April 13 – 21, 2018: https://www.visionsdureel.ch/en

*) Supported by the Netherlands Film Fund

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