Three German competition entries at the Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon

No less than twelve German films and German-international co-productions are being shown at the 8th Festival Visions du Réel (22. - 28.04.2002) in the Swiss town of Nyon, of which three German and three German-international works will be screened in the festival’s two competition sections.

The international competition will feature: A BOOKSHELF ON TOP OF THE SKY by Claudia Heuermann, a portrait of the New York composer and saxophonist John Zorn, the film diary WIE ICH EIN HÖHLENMALER WURDE by Jan Peters and the new film by Volker Koepp UCKERMARK. In addition, the German-international co-production BRODWEY.CHEMOYE MORYE by Vitali Manski (Russia/Germany/Czech Republic) will be shown.


Two German-international co-productions will be presented as part of the Regards Neufs, the festival’s competitive section for debuts: IMA by Caterina Klusemann (Germany/USA) and KAZI NI KIKU by Ayako Mogi (Germany/Japan).


Two sidebars will show another four German films/German-international co-productions: the section entitled Traverses, which presents important topical documentaries outside of the competition section, will show HWA-SHAN DISTRICT, TAIPEI by Bernhard Schreiner and DIE EISERNE MARIA by Ingeborg Jacobs and Hartmut Seifert. The section Les Helvétiques, a selection of Swiss films and international co-productions with Swiss participation, is showing PHOENIX AUS DER ASCHE by Simone

Fürbringer (Switzerland/Germany) and THOMAS PYNCHON – A JOURNEY INTO THE MIND OF THOMAS P. by Donatello and Fosco Dubini (Germany/Switzerland). The films DAS HAUS/1984 and VOLKSPOLIZEI/1985 by Thomas Heise will be presented in a special screening for the first time outside of Germany.


Founded in 1969, the documentary film festival Visions du Réel in Nyon is one of the most important of its kind in Europe. It is primarily dedicated to films “which, through a conscious formal and aesthetic choice, impart depictions of past and present realities as well as their personal and imbued interpretation” (festival catalogue).

Susanne Reinker or Cornelia Klimkeit