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Daily news: Thursday 19 April

Welcome to our "Daily news" Festival mailing. Here are a few must-see must-do suggestions, among the 174 films and the numerous Industry activities for audiovisual professionals, including many conferences that are also open to the public. Here are our top picks for Thursday 19 April. Happy exploring!


Island of the Hungry Ghosts
, Gabrielle Brady – International premiere

Poh Lin lives in the middle of the Indian Ocean, on Christmas Island, which was originally inhabited only by millions of migratory crabs. She works there as a trauma counsellor with refugees held in a high-security facility, behind closed doors. A hybrid and powerful film in which the wild beauty of the landscapes is confronted with the horror of day-to-day life in the detention centre.
• Thursday 19.04 21:15, Capitole Leone | followed by a debate with the filmmaker >
• Friday 20.04 12:30, Grande Salle (Salle Communale) >

International Feature Film Competition: all films >
Mashup video >

Atelier | Philip Scheffner

A unique voice in contemporary German documentary filmmaking, Philip Scheffner will give a Masterclass together with the German director and author Merle Kröger, with whom he founded the production platform pong in Berlin.

Among the retrospective's films, Havarie (2016) is presented as a Swiss premiere in the presence of the filmmaker. From a cruise ship, we see 13 people trying to cross the Mediterranean. A YouTube video of this encounter, transformed here into an almost-fixed image, accompanies a story of migration, the communication between the captain and the rescue team, the testimony of the man who filmed these images... Perspectives that question these images, which are destined to recur, over and over again.

• Masterclass Philip Scheffner & Merle Kröger Thursday 19.04 10:00, Usine à Gaz >
In English, with simultaneous translation into French. In collaboration with ARTE.
• Havarie, Thursday 19.04 16:30, Usine à Gaz >
Atelier Philip Scheffner: all films >


On the Hillsides
, Abdallah Badis – World premiere

Eight young urban people from Oran and its surroundings are in search of a "hidden" country that they do not know well or that they are fantasising about: their own. During the summer, they set out with Abdallah Badis in a documentary adventure taking the form of an initiatory novel, towards the rural hinterland, the invisible and beating heart of an Algeria past and present.
• Thursaday 19.04 15:15, Théâtre de Marens | in the presence of the filmmaker >
• Friday 20.04 16:00, Capitole Leone >

Latitudes: all films >


VdR Blog | Espace Jeunesse | Web Series Doc | Festival Reflex

Discover works from budding filmmakers aged 4 to 26! Throughout the Festival, there will be continuous screenings of films from the festival Reflex, La Lanterne Magique intergenerational workshop, the Gymnase de Nyon, CinéCivic encouraging voting and even from the little ones from primary school with the Klik! Festival. And discover the Festival through the Young Writers' VdR Blog. Learn more >

• The Young Writers' VdR Blog >
• Espace Jeunesse: from 13 to 20.04, Théâtre de Marens basement | free admission, continuous screenings
Web Series Doc 2018 Awards and screening of the 2017 winning series: Thursday 19.04 16:30, Village du Réel – Forum | free admission
Festival Reflex Awards: Thursday 19.04 19:00, Usine à Gaz | free admission, SOLD OUT


Party Party! | Every night, free admission
Every night during the Festival, get together at our evening parties (DJs and concerts) to have a drink and fill the dance floor!
Thursday 19.04 as of 22:00 at Bar du Réel | Le Club des Sales Gosses (Italian "colona sonora" / Crossover / Boogaloo / Rock / Afro) free admission
Thursday 19.04 after the screenings at Théâtre de Grand-Champ Gland | Swing High (Swing) free admission
Thursday 19.04 as of 22:00 at La Parenthèse | Mani Orrason (ISL, Alternative/Indie) donation box for the artist
Parties programme >



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