Hybrid Documentary ‘Like an Island’ Wins Top Award at Visions du Reel – What We Know!

“Like an Island” (“L’îlot”), a hybrid documentary fable tinged with magical realism by Swiss director Tizian Büchi, has gained the Grand Jury Prize at worldwide documentary movie pageant Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland.

The debut characteristic had its world premiere on the pageant, bearing testimony to the occasion’s status as a launchpad for brand new expertise and its custom for hybrid fiction-reality movies. A complete of seven first options are among the many winners. It’s the first time since 2013 {that a} Swiss movie has picked up the pageant’s prime prize.

“A small city island turns into the metaphor of up to date Europe and lends itself to a deep reflection in regards to the absurdity of borders, guidelines, fences and obstacles. A superb statement, a stunning questioning, that rewrites the coordinates of geographical areas in common phrases,” mentioned the jury, composed of filmmaker Jessica Beshir, the winner of final yr’s Grand Prix, Beatrice Fiorentino, common delegate of the Venice Movie Competition’s Critics’ Week, and Jovan Marjanović, director of the Sarajevo Movie Competition.

The runner-up Particular Jury Award went to “Bitterbrush” by Emelie Mahdavian, a doc about two feminine vary riders within the American West, which made a splash when it premiered in Telluride, “for its cinematically triumphant, uncooked, but tender, portrayal of two girls’s nomadic existence on this rewrite of the traditional Western style,” the jury mentioned.

Russian director Marusya Syroechkovskaya’s debut characteristic, “How one can Save a Dead Good friend,” obtained a Particular Point out, for its “punk rock perspective in skillfully piecing collectively a narrative of one other misplaced era in Russia,” in accordance with the jury.

The pageant’s extra experimental Burning Lights part was judged by Chiara Marañón, director of content material at MUBI, Switzerland’s Cyril Schäublin, who gained finest director for his debut characteristic “Unrest” on this yr’s Berlinale Encounters part, and Argentinian producer Gema Juarez Allen (“Lina From Lima”).

They awarded their prime prize to yet one more first characteristic, “A Lengthy Journey Dwelling,” by Wenqian Zhang, a household portrait about cohabitation, emancipation and the seek for one’s place inside the household.

“With an equally tender and formally naked method, the movie humbly attracts our consideration to the intimacy of a family. With exact cinematic choices, home conditions unfold earlier than the digicam, weaving collectively a household portrait of robust emotional resonance, that raises vital questions in regards to the ties that bind us, because it bridges an intergenerational hole in modern China and past,” mentioned the jury.

The Particular Jury Award within the Burning Lights section went to “Herbaria” by Argentina’s Leandro Listorti, who delicately combines archival and contemporary pictures to chronicle the immense work that goes into plant classification and preservation.

“A movie of extraordinary lucidity,” mentioned the jury, “that brings collectively two universes – vegetation and cinema – in a revelatory sport of analogies. Taking the time to discover the multi-layered nature of preservation, the movie finds unsuspected heat in scientific and methodical processes, rendered seen in an act of poetic justice.”

A Particular Point out went to “Europe” by Philip Scheffner, “for coping with the topic of immigration in a novel manner and with an excellent sense of humanity whereas exhibiting that silence and the “out of body” are outstanding instruments to debate the fiction of borders.”

Within the Nationwide Competitors, Swiss-Japanese filmmaker Julie Sando picked up the Jury Prize for “Fuku Nashi,” a transferring encounter between two lonely souls that tells the story of Yukiei who returns dwelling to her grandmother’s home after years of absence. Sando additionally nabbed the Zonta Award for “a feminine filmmaker whose work reveals mastery and expertise.”

The Nationwide Competitors’s Particular Jury Award went to “Le Movie de mon père,” Jules Guarneri’s first characteristic, described by the jury as “an intimate portrait of a household whose members dwell shut to one another and but appear far aside. The filmmaker succeeds in making an trustworthy and entertaining movie that tells of home spirits and management freaks, of looking for and chopping one’s roots, and on the similar time asks the query: what does household imply?”

Serbian filmmaker Luka Papić’s absurd comedy “With out,” about an eccentric artist who embarks on a journey to seek out his pet canine, gained the Worldwide Medium Size and Quick Movie Competitors Jury Prize.

Greatest Quick Movie went to “Aralkum” by Daniel Asadi Faezi and Mila Zhluktenko, the story of the final inhabitants on the shores of the Aral Sea, who’ve misplaced their lifestyle to desertification – “a movie that opens a door on a panorama swept by human extra,” mentioned the jury.

“Jaime” by Francisco Javier Rodriguez, the portrait of a younger man affected by a psychological dysfunction, obtained a Particular Point out within the Quick and Medium class.

The Interreligious Award went to Iranian artist and director Vida Dena for “Ma vie en papier,” wherein drawings she shares with the daughters of a Syrian refugee come to life to narrate the recollections, desires and future of the household in exile.

Swiss photographer Manuel Bauer’s debut characteristic, “Metal Life,” an enchanting journey throughout Peru’s Altiplano to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, gained the Worldwide Critics’ FIPRESCI Award.

The Viewers Award went to Sara Dosa’s poetic archival montage “Hearth of Love,” which has been blazing via the pageant circuit since premiering at Sundance.

The pageant’s creative director Emilie Bujès welcomed the prizes, which she mentioned replicate the wealth of range at Visions du Réel. “New voices rub shoulders with the movies of established filmmakers and interact in a dialogue with the works of our friends Marco Bellocchio, Kirsten Johnson and Hassen Ferhani. We’re significantly happy that the variety of movie genres, generations, approaches and geographies that information us have been rewarded and welcomed by the general public and the juries,” she mentioned.

The 53rd version of Visions du Réel ran from April 7 via April 17. The pageant’s first full bodily version in three years – the occasion was one of many first to go fully on-line in 2020 and held a restricted on-site hybrid version final yr – drew an estimated 45.000 folks, across the similar quantity as 2019.

“We made the guess to reinvent the pageant, and we gained – due to a really robust return to face-to-face occasions and an elevated digital dimension acquired in the course of the pandemic,” mentioned pageant president Raymond Loretan, for whom the Visions du Réel staff “has remodeled a disaster into a chance in an exemplary method.”

See the complete listing of Visions du Réel’s 2022 awards under:

Worldwide Function Movie Competitors
Grand Jury Prize
“L’Îlot” by Tizian Büchi

Particular Jury Award
“Bitterbrush” by Emelie Mahdavian

Particular Point out
“How one can Save a Dead Good friend” by Marusya Syroechkovskaya

Burning Lights Competitors
Jury Prize
“A Lengthy Journey Dwelling” by Wenqian Zhang

Particular Jury Award
“Herbaria” by Leandro Listorti

Particular Point out
“Europe” by Philip Scheffner

Nationwide Competitors
Jury Prize
“Fuku Nashi” by Julie Sando

Particular Jury Award
“Le Movie de mon père” by Jules Guarneri

Worldwide Medium Size and Quick Movie Competitors
Jury Prize for one of the best Medium Size Movie
“With out” by Luka Papić

Jury Prize for one of the best Quick Movie
“Aralkum” by Daniel Asadi Faezi & Mila Zhluktenko

Particular Point out
“Jaime” by Francisco Javier Rodriguez

Particular Youth Jury Award for a medium size movie
“Churchill, Polar Bear City” by Annabelle Amoros

Particular Youth Jury Award for one of the best Quick Movie
“Marianne” by Rebecca Ressler & Lara Porzak

Interreligious Award
“Ma vie en papier” by Vida Dena

Zonta Award
“Fuku Nashi” by Julie Sando

Worldwide Critics’ Award – FIPRESCI Award
“Metal Life” by Manuel Bauer

Notion Change Award
“Kids of the Mist” by Hà Lệ Diễm