Director Michael Madsen’s documentary scoops top prize at Nyon’s Visions Du Reel festival, which wrapped this week.
Michael Madsen’s Into Eternity won the Grand Prix at 16th Visions Du Reel documentary festival in Nyon, Switzerland. It closed on April 21.
The documentary, which premiered at Tribeca,looks at the dangers surrounding a massive nuclear energy facility in Finland.
The international jury, which included British film-maker Molly Dineen, Swiss writer Bernard Comment and French director Thierry Garrel, awarded the SRG SSR idée-suisse Award CHF to both Ilan Klipper’s Sainte Anne,Hopital Psychiatrique and Nino Kirtadze’s Something About Georgia.
The audience award went to Sanaz Azari’s Iranian-Belgium drama Salaam Isfahan, while the young-audience-award of the Côte-Hôtel-Association was given to Antoine Boutet’s Le Plein Pays.
The George Foundation prize for the best Swiss newcomer went to Jacqueline Zund for her film Goodnight Nobody about the lives of four insomniacs living on different continents.
The most innovative Swiss film award went to Kaleo La Belle’s Beyond This Place, which is about the effects of the 1960’s hippy movement on its children.