On April 17, Twilight of a Life by Sylvain Biegeleisen is to open the International Documentary Film Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland. The festival programme also includes Battles, The Rabbit and the Teasel and the short film On Difference As Such. A fifth documentary from Flanders, The Colour of the Chameleon, has been selected for the Pitching du Réel co-production platform. Visions du Réel runs from 17-25 April.

Twilight of a LifeThis year’s opening film, Twilight of a Life, is an upbeat portrait of a 94-year-old woman confronting the restrictions of her age, and the relationship she has with her son (and the film’s director), Sylvain Biegeleisen. Although doctors once gave her just weeks to live, she lived another two years. For her son, this became an opportunity to create a film about life, full of humour and emotion. Gregory Zalcman and Alon Knol of Take Five produced Twilight of a Life.

Isabelle Tollenaere presents her new documentary Battles at the festival. Produced by Michigan Films, Battles offers an insight into the way people, objects and landscapes are transformed after demilitarisation. Conflict seems to be near, then far off again, but always absurd. The film won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Rotterdam International Film Festival earlier this year.

In The Rabbit and the Teasel, director Els Dietvorst focuses on how a year of rain can drive farmers to despair. Set in the timeless Irish countryside, the film is a contemporary parable. The producer is Arielle Sleutel for Tondo Films.

On Difference As Such, an experimental documentary that earned Christina Stuhlberger a Wildcard from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), will also be shown. The title of the film refers to a text by Alain Badiou in which he describes love as ‘a unique trust placed in chance’. Together with filmmaker Chloë Delanghe, Stuhlberger explores this idea.

Finally, The Colour of the Chameleon (El Color del Camaleon) by Andrés Lübbert will be presented at Pitching du Réel, the festival’s pitching platform for international co-productions. This Belgian-Chilean documentary, an Off World production, tells the story of a father and son and their lack of dialogue.

BattlesThe Rabbit and the Teasel and The Colour of the Chameleon received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Thursday 9 April 2015

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