Seven German competition entries at the Nyon Documentary Film Festival


No less than 14 German films and German-international co-productions will be shown at the 32nd "Visions du Réel" documentary film festival (23rd to 29th April 2001) in Switzerland's Nyon, including seven German and two German-international produced works in the festival's two competitive sections.


The German participants in the international competition are: FREMDE ODER by Helke Misselwitz, ICH BIN 33 by Jan Peters, KONZERT IM FREIEN by Jürgen Böttcher, KURISCHE NEHRUNG by Volker Koepp, NEBEL by Matthias Müller (Luxembourg/Germany/Austria) and FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES by Lindsey Merrison (Germany/Switzerland/Burma).


Three German films will be presented in "Regards Neufs", the festival's competitive section for debut films: DANACH HÄTTE ES SCHÖN SEIN MÜSSEN by Karin Jurschick, HOW TIME FLIES by Sigrun Köhler and Wiltrud Baier and TAG DES SIEGES by Ingeborg Jacobs.


Another six German-international co-productions are being shown in two sidebars of the festival: the "Traverses" sidebar, which presents important contemporary documentaries outside of the competition, will be screening SUPER 8 STORIES by Emir Kusturica (Germany/Italy/Yugoslavian Republic); while the "États des Lieux"sidebar is showing a total of eight films by the Russian director Victor Kossakovski who lives in Germany, including four German-Russian co-productions IA VAS LIOUBIL, SACHA I KATIA, SERGUEI I NATACHA, SREDA 19.7.1961 and the Russian-German-Israeli co-production PAVEL I LYALYA.


Rich in tradition, the "Visions du Réel" festival numbers among the most important of its kind in Europe and is dedicated primarily to films "which mediate depictions of past and present realities as well as their personal and spiritual interpretaion by way of a conscious formal and aesthetic choice" (festival catalogue).