Visions du Réel

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Visions du Réel
Visions du Réel logo.png
Location Nyon, Switzerland
Founded 1969, Moritz de Hadeln
Directed by Jean Perret
Festival date Annually, in April
Language International
http://www.visionsdureel.ch/

Visions du Réel (Visions of Reality) is an international documentary film festival held in April each year in Nyon, Switzerland. Established in 1969[1] as the Nyon International Documentary Film Festival, the event adopted its current name in 1995.

At its inception, the festival promoted Swiss films and films that were otherwise inaccessible — that is, those created in the Eastern Bloc countries behind the Iron Curtain.[2] Now open to worldwide entries, the week-long festival has been directed by film critic Jean Perret since 1995.[2]

The festival was founded by Moritz de Hadeln (who later headed the Locarno International Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, the Venice International Film Festival and the short-lived New Montreal FilmFest of 2005)[3] and his wife Erika von dem Hagen:[4]

Moritz de Hadeln directed the festival until 1979, and he assisted Erika when she took over as head of the festival from 1980 to 1993.[5]

During the early years of the Nyon International Documentary Film Festival, Erika de Hadeln negotiated with the film authorities in East Europe and Russia — and worked with documentary film-makers including Joris Ivens, Roman Karmen, Georges Rouquier, Basil Wright, and Henri Storck.[5] The event served as a template for film festivals that followed, including those in Amsterdam and Munich.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Moritz de Hadeln, Pride and Passion". Film Festivals.com, January 17, 2001. 
  2. ^ a b "EKateryna Yushchenko Attends Visions du Rеel Festival 40th Anniversary in Nyon, Switzerland". filmfestivals.com, 27 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "New Montreal FilmFest brings in big guns". CBC News Canada, February 11, 2005. February 11, 2005. 
  4. ^ "Moritz de Hadeln". Berlin International Film Festival. 
  5. ^ a b c "Erika de Hadeln". deHadeln.com,.