Visions du Réel has been organized in the Swiss city of Nyon since 1969. At the beginning the festival in Nyon showcased mainly Swiss films and productions from Eastern Bloc countries, which were very difficult to see by audiences from Western Europe. Currently, Visions du Reél is one of the largest documentary film festivals in Europe. This year’s edition will take place from April 24 to May 2.
“An Ordinary Country” directed by Tomasz Wolski is competing for the title of the best international short or medium-length documentary. The producer of the film is Kijora.
They were everywhere, though they tried to be invisible. Filming from hiding in restaurants, on the street, in shops. They registered illegal bottling of regulated fuel, lovers meeting in the hotel. They wiretapped phone calls with a man living abroad, during which Poles placed orders for hemorrhoid ointment. They filmed interviews during which, through blackmail, they carried out the process of breaking a detainee to persuade them to cooperate. Another time, they interrogated a woman from whom they required detailed billing of household expenses, including the type of meat and the number of butter cubes used. ‘An Ordinary Country’ is a found footage creative documentary based on film and videotapes recorded by officers of the Polish communist security services in the 1960s through the 1980s.
More information about Visions de Reél can be found on the festival’s website.