«The festival still is a really big, powerful machine if you do it the right way»

    Visions du Réel: Artistic Director Emilie Bujès speaks with Modern Times Review about the festival's 52nd edition.

    The 52nd Visions du Réel is set to take place from 15 to 25 April 2021 as an online experience for the second year in a row.

    Over 140 films will be screened, as well as industry events, filmmaker discussions, panels, and more across its 10 day span. As the only Swiss festival dedicated to documentary filmmaking, Visions du Réel is a flagship event at an international level, offering a series of specific projects to make themselves accessible to as many as possible.

    Each day new film will be made available (subject to availability & geolocation – Switzerland) with its first batch available 14 April 2021. So, with the festival imminent, Modern Times Review spoke with Artistic Director Emilie Bujès on the challenges, trends, and future of Visions du Réel in this, the second year of COVID-19.

    Place du Reel
    Place du Reel (2019). PC: Anne Colliard

    How has the artistic direction and the strategy differed from past years, in particularly from last year? We are now in the second year of pandemic festival life so what did you learn from last year? How is the festival changed from 2020 to 2021?
    Last year, as you as you might know, we had to move everything online within five weeks. It ended up being a great success. On the one side, of course, it was very sad and disappointing . . .

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