THE Programme of the 22nd edition Revealed!

From 4 to 12 November, Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans will dedicate its programme to sensuality, erotica, and indulgence of body and soul – a suggestive programme both iconoclastic and subversive that includes Swiss Premieres by Brillante Mendoza, Andreï Kontchalovski, Jim Jarmusch, Walter Hill, Wim Wenders, Albert Serra, Denis Côté, Jan Kounen, Hong Sang-soo, Philippe Grandrieux, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. The Festival will also be an opportunity for Geneva audiences to enjoy exclusive previews by Cristian Mungiu, Olivier Assayas, Marco Bellocchio and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who is also this year’s guest of honour – and an occasion to see the best 3D films in film history. Television will present equivalent virtuosity with a selection of the 21 most awaited series of the moment, including Midnight Sun, Splitting Up Together, The Night Of, acclaimed series such as Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz’s The Girlfriend Experience (produced by Steven Soderbergh) and Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope, starring Jude Law, not to mention web series, short films, video clips, and interactive and transmedia films, as well as an International Competition for Virtual Reality Works presented in the VRoom in the courtyard of the Maison communale de Plainpalais (Pitoëff) – a first in Switzerland. Furthermore, five Nuits blanches, from Thursday to Saturday until 4 am – free admission until 1 am – will keep the public on their toes. Programme and ticket office available online now!


Opening Night, Friday 4 November at the Maison communale de Plainpalais (Pitoëff)
•Swiss Premiere of Gimme Danger by Jim Jarmusch

Closing Night, Saturday 12 November at the Maison communale de Plainpalais (Pitoëff)
•Swiss Premiere of Yourself and Yours by Hong Sang-soo

International Feature Film Competition

No less than ten Swiss Premieres will be considered for the 2016 Reflet d’Or award. Each film in this wide selection of daring works has been chosen for its original narrative, which combines fiction and documentary to varying degrees. In Swagger, Olivier Babinet takes a new look at youth in the suburbs of Paris, worlds away from the media’s commonplace clichés. Marriage equality and threesomes, fear of abandonment and existential crises, Jean-Christophe Meurisse’s Apnea immerses us in a series of sketches that combine absurdity with social critique. Colonial scars and animism clash in Emmanuel Parraud’s Sac la mort, a harsh and meditative film, shot in Creole on Reunion Island. A bittersweet story from contemporary Iran, Saeed Roostaee’s Life and a Day brings a little Italian-style comedy to Kiarostami’s homeland. In Sofia Exarchou’s sensual Park, set within the ruins of Athens’ Olympic Village, the gods have been replaced by a group of teenagers left to their own devices. It’s a new city with new problems in Tamer El Said’s In the Last Days of the City: the director from Cairo uses his own life story and his struggles to create a reflection on the nature of cinema itself. Lukas Valenta Rinner’s A Decent Woman first looks like a scathing critique of the subservience of the Argentinean proletariat by the bourgeoisie. The story, however, ends up being a provocative account of the revolution through the lenses of nudity, sex, and shotguns. In Old Stone, director Johnny Ma depicts the clumsiness and aberrations of the Chinese administration in a thriller worthy of Scorsese or Coppola. With Alipato - The Very Brief Life of an Ember, master of Filipino punk cinema, poet and musician Khavn De La Cruz delivers a trashy, caustic and extremely violent epic about the life of a Manilla slum gang in the year 2025. Finally, Joannes Nyholm’s The Giant, somewhere between Freaks and The Idiots, tells the story of Rikard who, despite his deformity, is one of the best boules players in Denmark. He dreams that a giant will one day come to save him from human folly.

International Shorts Competition

Short films are more like a think tank and an exercise in style for the emergence of young authors and new talent. This year, twelve works will compete in this category, including two World Premieres: Splendid by Aude Py and Bruno Ulmer and Summertime by Maxime Rappaz. Two International Premieres will be screened: Guest by Moon Blaisse and The Age of Sirens by Héloïse Pelloquet. Eight Swiss Premieres will be presented: A Man Returned by Mahdi Fleifel, A Woman and her Car by Loïc Darses, Bacon & God’s Wrath by Sol Friedman, Circles by Frida Kempf, Estate by Ronny Trocker, Oh What a Wonderful Feeling by François Jaros, Our Legacy by Jonathan Vinel in association with Caroline Poggi, and Venusia by Louise Carrin.

Out of competition

Highlight Screenings

The Festival’s 3rd Highlight Screenings includes a programme of more than a dozen films, the majority of which are Swiss Premieres. Audiences will get a chance to see some of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, including Ma’Rosa by Brillante Mendoza, featuring Jaclyn Jose, Best Actress at Cannes 2016, Romanian Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation and Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper (featuring Kristen Stewart), both winners of the Best Director award at Cannes, and Paradise, for which Andreï Kontchalovski won the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see Daguerrotype by Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa featuring Olivier Gourmet and Tahar Rahim, Denis Côté’s Boris Without Béatrice featuring Denis Lavant, Walter Hill’s (re)Assignment featuring Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver, Marco Bellocchio’s Sweet Dreams featuring Valerio Mastandrea, Bérénice Bejo, and Emmanuelle Devos and Todd Solondz’s Wiener Dog featuring Julie Delpy. For his part, Adolpho Arrietta brings us a very contemporary version of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty featuring Niels Schneider, Tatiana Verstraeten, and Mathieu Amalric, while Wim Wenders brings together Reda Kateb and Nick Cave in The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez, and Jean-Pierre Léaud’s mastery is evident in his role in Albert Serra’s behind-closed-doors film and visual masterpiece The Death of Louis XIV. Finally, Jim Jarmusch’s turbulent Gimme Danger will open the Festival, and the sublime Yourself and Yours by the Korean Hong Sang-soo will close the event.

Rien que pour vos yeux

Rien que pour vos yeux is the Festival’s “Favourites” section with ten feature films this year, including the International Premiere of Christopher LaMarca’s Boone, a sensitive and modest account of the downfalls of rural America. Furthermore, eight Swiss Premieres will also feature in this section including Vape Wave by Jan Kounen (Doberman, 99 Francs and Blueberry), in which the director settles his scores with the tobacco industry. Carmine Amoroso’s Porno e libertà takes a look back at the use of X-rated works as a tool of protest and social struggle against the Catholic bourgeoisie of 1970s Italy. With The Park, Damien Manivel presents a bitter-sweet, dreamlike fable about the turmoil of first love. In Malgré la nuit by Philippe Grandrieux, a man searching for his lost love encounters another woman’s desires, while in Vivere, a girl’s peculiar love for her mother is revealed by director Judith Abitbol in a view on intimacy without pathos or voyeurism. Marco de Fiol’s The Space in Between: Marina Abramović and Brazil shows artist Marina Abramović’s spiritual journey to the centre of Brazil. Finally, in Subland, Noël Magis films the French rap group Odezenne in their travels, while John Carney’s Sing Street depicts a bunch of teenagers and their goals for their “futuristic” group in 1985 Dublin, and Resplandor by Fernando Priego Ruiz, filmed at the foot of the Andes, reveals a powerful connection between a man who is going blind and his homeland.

Tribute to Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Guest of honour of this 22nd Annual Festival, Apichatpong Weerasethakul will receive the Film & Beyond Award, presented in association with our Geneva watchmaking partner RJ-Romain Jerome, during the closing ceremony on Saturday 12 November. Additionally, in association with the Swiss Film Archive, the Cinémas du Grütli, the HEAD-Geneva, and the Biennale of Moving Images presented by the Geneva Centre of Contemporary Art, the Festival will mount a vast retrospective on the filmography of the Thai filmmaker, along with Fireworks (Archives), a video installation representing his work as a visual artist.

Out of competition

Retrospective Stereoscopia: A History of 3D

There have been many versions of 3D technology since its first appearance in film in the 1920s. Though they are often overlooked, these early 3D works have been revived with digital restoration techniques. As a recognised trend-setter in new forms not only of narration, but also of expression and technical production, the Festival this year has decided to present some 30 works, including 22 feature films, that have impacted the history of 3D. These works include Aleksandr Andrievsky’s Robinzon Kruzo (1947), André de Toth’s House of Wax (1953), Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M For Murder (1954), Julian Roffmann’s The Mask (1961), Allan Silliphant’s The Stewardesses (1971), Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010), Wim Wenders’ Pina (2011), Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Greenaway, and Edgar Pêra’s 3X3D (2013), Gaspar Noé’s Love (2015), and the animated films Boogie by Gustavo Cova (2009) and Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange: a Rapid Love Story by Mait Laas (2013). Last but not least, the Festival will host the World Premiere of WOMB by choreographer Gilles Jobin (2016), who collaborated on the retrospective’s programme.


International TV Series Competition

Brazil and Uruguay, the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Iceland, Hungary and the Czech Republic will all compete for the 2016 Best TV series award. Proof, if necessary, that Northern and Eastern European showrunners are as big on the international scene as Anglo-Saxon countries. The Festival is particularly proud to present the World Premiere of Prisoners by Nina Dög Filippusdóttir and Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir, a tough and realistic vision about life in a women’s prison, the International Premiere of the Czech series Blue Shadows by Viktor Taus, a dark crime story with astoundingly beautiful images, and the European Premiere of The Hypnotist by Pablo de Santis, which oscillates between Sherlock and Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige. Six Swiss Premieres are also included in this selection: Amigos by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem and Pierre de Clercq, who provide a comic look at the social reintegration of a group of ex-convicts, Camping by Julia Davis, Golden Life by Gábor Krigler, Splitting Up Together by Mette Heeno, who narrates the story of a divorced couple forced to live together in order to avoid having to sell their house on the cheap, The Girlfriend Experience by Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz featuring Christine, a young law student, who works as an escort at night (a series based on Steven Soderbergh’s film and produced by him), The Night Of by Richard Price and Steven Zaillian, and Ku’damm 56 - Rebel Without a Cause by Annette Hess, about a young woman in Berlin’s post-war years.

International Music Videos Competition

More than 15 of the most creative music videos of the moment will be viewed by the Shorts Competition jury, including Submarine (The Shoes ft. Blaine Harrison) by Karim Huu Do, Human Sadness (Julian Casablancas) by Warren Fu and Nicholaus Goossen, Grief (Earl Sweatshirt) by Hiro Murai, City Lights (The White Stripes) by Michel Gondry, and Marche (Régis) by Geneva’s very own Virginie Morillo.


Serial Day & Night

Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 November

The Festival will once again organise a weekend-long marathon for series fans. In addition to the competing TV and web series, more than ten non-competitive series will be screened, including two CANAL+ series-events: Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope featuring Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Cécile de France and Ludivine Sagnier, and the Swiss Premiere of the new thriller by the creators of Bron / Broen (The Bridge) Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, Midnight Sun featuring Leïla Bekhti, who stars as Kahina Zadi, a French police captain sent to Sweden following the violent and mysterious murder of a French citizen. The weekend will also include the International Premiere of Tiina Lyma’s Morbid Stories, a comedy riddled with Finnish-style dark humour, and the European Premiere of Stefan Golaszewski’s Mum, in which Mike Leigh’s muse Lesley Manville plays a woman who reinvents herself after her husband’s death. The Festival is also proud to present the Swiss Premieres of the series Better Things created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., a biting satire of the Hollywood star system, Flowers, Will Sharpe’s series featuring a closet-gay suicidal father who provokes his wife’s suspicion that he is sleeping with a Japanese illustrator, Cameron Crowe’s Roadies, a behind-the-scenes look at the rock world, Jarl Emsell Larsen’s The Silent Valley, depicting two young teenagers worn down by two shared secrets: sleeping together and then witnessing a murder, Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne’s Son of Zorn, where South Park, The Office and He-Man meet in an outrageous animated world, and Gabrielda Sperl’s NSU German History X, inspired by real events, that recounts a neo-Nazi group’s rise to power in reunified Germany. Finally, to showcase its quality, the Festival will once again screen the complete series of The Night Manager, directed by Susanne Bier, on the big screen.

Out of competition

Cinéastes, de notre temps: the unreleased

Despite concluding last year’s Retrospective: Cinéastes, de notre temps, this year’s Festival had to include the screening of the few original broadcasts produced in 2016. Hence, the World Premiere of Rouben Mamoulian - Lost and Found by André S. Labarthe, the International Premiere of No Return - Rafi Pitts by Gaëlle Vidalie, and the Swiss Premieres of Parle-moi encore by Jean-Paul Fargier and Le Réveil des ombres. Une histoire du nouveau cinéma chinois by Serge Le Péron complete this retrospective which includes over 110 works.


International Competition for Virtual Reality Films

Festival Tous Ecrans continues to pave the way for new kinds of audio-visual creation, this year launching the first VR films competition ever held in Switzerland. Ten works, selected for their narrative, technical and aesthetic qualities, will compete for the first ever Reflet d’Or in this category: Julien Reyes’ Mars 2030 (World Premiere - United States), Matthew Bate and Gideon Obarzanek’s Stuck In The Middle With You (International Premiere - Australia), Joost Jordens and Mike von Rotz’s Transition (Swiss Premiere - The Netherlands), Greg Barth’s The Future of Music (Swiss Premiere - United Kingdom), Charles Ayats, Armand Lemarchand, and Marc-Antoine Mathieu’s SENS VR (Swiss Premiere - France), Balthazar Auxiètre’s Firebird - La Peri (Swiss Premiere - France), Oscar Raby’s Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel (Swiss Premiere - Australia), Sara Kolster, Jan Rothuizen, Harm van de Ven, and Juul Spee’s Drawing Room (Swiss Premiere - The Netherlands), Johan Knattrup Jensen’s EWA, Out Of Body (Denmark), and Barney Steel, Robin McNicholas, and Ersin Han Ersin’s In the Eyes of the Animal (United Kingdom).

The Forum des Images (France) and the Festival du nouveau cinema (Canada) are both partners of the International Competition for VR Films.

International Web Series Competition

An eclectic selection of some twelve web series from the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland feature in this Reflet d’Or competition with, in particular, the World Premiere of Jeff Vercasson’s Post Tenebras Lux, and the Swiss Premiere of Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures by PJ Liguori. The Festival will also screen Hunter Fine and Alex Taylor’s Hikea, and Frédéric and Solal Choffat’s It’s So L.A.; Hugues Lawson-Body’s Barber Show; Le Bateau de l’Enfer (Boat from Hell) by Julian Nodolwsky and Joachim Barbier, Aunty Donna: 1999 by Mark Samuel Bonanno, Kelly Broden, Sam Lingham, Zachary Ruane, Max Miller and Thomas Armstrong.  And last but not least Endzeit by Anna and Jan Groos; Adam Traynor and Gael Gittard’s The Ball Trap; Made in Mosjøen by Aleksander L. Nordaas, Simulated Dead People by Adam Butcher; and Maude Morissette’s The Dump.

Out of competition

Digital out of competition

Video installations, interactive, immersive, 360° and VR works: all types of digital media converge in this eclectic, cross-disciplinary programme. Some twenty playful and innovative works will be presented in the VRoom, a space specially designed for viewing virtual reality projects in the courtyard of the Maison communale de Plainpalais. Also not to be missed will be an unprecedented human experience, The Machine to Be Another (Swiss Premiere - Spain), created by the BeAnotherLab Collective, set up in the basement of the Maison communale. This VR machine will give pairs of men and women the chance to see themselves in the body of the other. Just a few steps away, set up in the Lounge of the Maison communale de Plainpalais, the ISOS 3D video installation created by A Two Dogs Company / Kris Verdonck (Belgium), comprised of nine image boxes each containing a 3D short, will pay tribute to the murky world of British author J.G. Ballard. Vincent Ravalec, the cult writer who dabbled in film before hitting his stride in VR, will reveal a sneak-peak of his new project Fan Club starring Mathieu Kassovitz, Clotilde Courau, and Denis Lavant (International Premiere - France / Luxembourg).

Swiss projects will also feature in the programme with the presentation of two apelab events, Watchout!, in which the heroes from My Life As a Zucchini – the sensation from the last Cannes festival and nominee for the Oscars – continue their adventures in a virtual reality game (International Premiere - Switzerland), and Break a Leg, a magical installation and tribute to Houdini and the illusionists of the Belle Epoque, which will transport festivalgoers to Studio 7 (3rd floor of the Maison des arts du Grütli). Three student projects from the Media Design department of the HEAD-Geneva will also be presented in this venue. Finally, the salle Simon (in the basement of the Maison des arts du Grütli) will host Nightlife, a 3D video installation by Cyprien Gaillard.

Geneva Digital Market

Supported by Pro Helvetia, RTS, Medi@Lab, UNIGE and The Federal Office of Culture, the fourth Geneva Digital Market (formerly Workflow) calls professionals in the audio-visual sector and members of the general public to participate in roundtable discussions, debates and conferences about the world of images and its future. This year, the market will begin with a much anticipated conference on public television and its role in independent contemporary creation, while writer and filmmaker Vincent Ravalec and producer and filmmaker Jan Kounen will exchange their views on virtual fiction: a challenge for screenwriters ? Furthermore, the Geneva Digital Market will present a new concept for professional meetings, the New Digital Talents, supported by Engagement Migros, which will showcase some 20 Swiss and European production companies at the cutting edge of innovation and artistic creation. Pitching sessions will also be organised in front of a team of experts in the field. A Match-Making module, designed to support a selection of project leaders, will give Swiss creators the opportunity to meet stakeholders and potential investors in the digital industry during one-on-one meetings.

The Geneva Digital Market is supported by SRG SSR, Pro Helvetia and The Federal Office of Culture, and is organised in association with RTS (Radio Television Suisse) and the Medi@Lab of the UNIGE (University of Geneva)

The New Digital Talents programme is made possible thanks to support from Engagement Migros

The Cross Video Days (France) are partners of the New Digital Talents


Workshops and Screenings, Sunday 6 November (4 years and up)

•Workshop for 4–8 year-olds: Off-Screen
Tablets are windows onto vast imaginary worlds. Together, children will open these windows, draw inside and around them, and bring their paper drawings to life through animation. With Editions Animées and Mikael Cixous’ interactive book BOUM!

•Workshop for 8-12 year-olds: A Thingamajig’s Story
Just a little thingamajig and the whole story begins. After reading Davide Cali and Serge Bloch’s interactive book Moi, j’attends, children will be able to tell their own story in their own way. They will draw little scenes in order to create an animated story that they will then act out.

•Workshop for 10-14 year-olds: The 1000-Path Journey
Based on the concept of gamebooks, this activity will enable children to outline an adventure map before writing a multiple choice narrative. They will also be able to add illustrations or bring their own if they already have a project.

The Lanterne Magique will transport children of all ages back in time to Max Linder’s dreamlike destinations with a screening of three short films from the ingenious burlesque cinema era. Finally, Tales of the Night, the enchanting 3D film by Michel Ocelot with a minimalist and colourful universe, first presented at Berlinale 2011, will be screened.

48 Hour Film Project

Monday 7 - Wednesday 9 November

Each year, the Festival partners with the 48 Hour Film Project to awaken the director, scriptwriter, or actor in each of us. The winner will have their film projected on the big screen and the chance to participate in the American final. The awards ceremony will take place on 9 November at 6:30 pm.

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