This year, in homage to his entire career, the english director Peter Greenaway will receive the Sesterce d’or Raiffeisen Maître du Réel Award in person at Visions du Réel.

Peter Greenaway: filmmaker of the system and of excess.

For every edition, the Festival invites a major filmmaker in order to recognise their entire career with an honorary award.

“This year, in director Peter Greenaway, we honour a real explorer of cinematic codes and his works which are profuse in extremely stylised aesthetics”  Luciano Barisone, Director of Visions du Réel


Among the recurring elements of his work are murder, scheming, sex, irony, and a certain cruelty. A director, plastic artist and visual artist, Peter Greenaway has made over sixty films. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), Drowning by Numbers (1988) and The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982) are among his major works.
His latest film, Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015), will be screened on Monday 18 April after the Maître du Réel Ceremony during which he will be presented in person with the Sesterce d’or Raiffeisen Maître du Réel Award.

In addition, Peter Greenaway will hold a masterclass open to the public the following morning, Tuesday 19 April. “We will screen some of his most significant films during the Festival (15–23 April 2016) and we confirm our leading role in film activities around Lake Geneva by continuing our rich collaboration with the Cinémathèque suisse in Lausanne, which will be organising a retrospective of the works of Peter Greenaway at the same time” Claude Ruey, President of the Festival