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The GIFF investigates contemporary audiovisual fiction

The Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF) is back from November 4th to 13th. Anaïs Emery, its artistic director, offers a selection of the best productions of the moment, combining all formats: cinema, series and immersive works.

“We offer a comprehensive definition of the 7th art that integrates recent developments in the media,” explains Anaïs Emery, general and artistic director of the second year, as quoted in a press release on Thursday. It invites the public to “experiment with a program whose diversity suggests ways to evolve within the plethora of current offerings, taking where traditional recommendations and algorithms cannot.”

This edition will take place in cinemas, but also from home thanks to the “International Series Competition” (CIS). It offers the possibility to extend the experience by returning after the theatrical screening (episodes 1 and 2) with the rest of the season to watch them in streaming.

A total of 120 works will be unveiled, including 10 world premieres, 3 international premieres, 5 European premieres and 67 Swiss premieres, according to the GIFF. The 28th edition opens on Friday 4th November with the Swiss premiere of the new season of Lars Von Trier’s «The Kingdom Exodus», which has been awaited by aficionados for almost three decades.

On the cinema side, audiences will discover Agnieszka Smoczynska’s Polish production The Silent Twins, presented at Cannes, and American director Phyllis Nagy’s feminist Call Jane, starring Sigourney Weaver. The Swiss-Belgian indie co-production “Ailleurs si j’y suis” is explained by its director François Pirot and Jean-Luc Bideau.

The series program and its cascading premieres mark the edition thanks to “Marriage” (Stefan Golaszewski, 2022, UK), the new season of “Tschugger” (David Constantin) or “Inspecteur Barnaby” of Midsomer Murders based on Caroline Graham’s books.

As every year, the GIFF will present several honors: The “Geneva Award” will be presented to the Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (Pusher, Drive, Neon Demon) on the occasion of a double event: a remote masterclass live from Copenhagen as well as the Swiss premiere of his next series “Copenhagen Cowboy” coming soon to Netflix.

The “Film & Beyond Award” goes to director, producer and actor Alexandre Astier (Kaamelott: Episode 1, The Exoconference, A meeting). The «Tales of Swiss Innovation» section, inaugurated last year and highlighting Swiss audiovisual innovation, will be dedicated to the ethical porn production collective Oil Productions.

The “Virtual Territories”, the largest space in Europe dedicated to digital creation (600 m2), will examine contemporary digital production through around forty works. Two large immersive installations are proposed: the work in the virtual reality event “Evolver”, narrated by Cate Blanchett and produced by Edward R. Pressman together with Terrence Malick, and the immersive theater play “The Blind”, based on the text by Maurice Maeterlinck.

The competitions (Feature Films, Series, Immersive and Future Films) will conclude on November 12 with the Closing Ceremony and the Swiss premiere of «The Whale», a claustrophobic redemption story that marks the return of comedian Brendan Fraser. The GIFF will continue into the next day with a day dedicated to digital experiences, young audiences and the next generation.

This year, the GIFF offers a high-density event in the heart of Geneva. We can follow performances, ceremonies and master classes in the Plainpalais town hall and in the Pitoëff Theater, the nerve center of the event. These locations will also house an ephemeral restaurant and lounge bar, as well as the “Virtual Territories”.

Several dark halls of Calvinstadt take part in the event: the Arditi Auditorium, the Grütli, Cinélux, Cinérama Empire and Function Cinéma cinemas.

After bringing the Plaza back to life last year, the Geneva Digital Market takes over Studio 4 from Radio Télévision Suisse for its 10th anniversary. Finally, in the Salle du Faubourg, an important meeting place for festival guests and night owls, the music evenings “Nuits Blanches” take place.

This article was published automatically. Source: ats

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