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Friday, May 24, 2024

Geneva International Film Festival: Star-studded 25th edition

The Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF) celebrates its 25th anniversary from November 1 to 10. To mark this anniversary, a new prize has been created: the Geneva Award. It will be awarded to Canadian director, screenwriter, producer and artist Xavier Dolan.

GIFF will program a complete retrospective of Xavier Dolan's films, including The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, previously unseen in Switzerland. The Quebec artist will also give a Masterclass.

Also in the spotlight is South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-woo, who will receive the Film & Beyond Award. Six films, mostly unknown versions of his work, will be presented. 

Among the personalities announced are David Cronenberg, who will present the restored version of his film Crash, and Costa-Gavras, who will screen his new film Adults in the Room and take part in a MasterClass.

The President of the International Feature Film Jury will be French actress Clothilde Courau; the President of the International TV Series Jury will be American producer Tom Fontana; and Belgian entrepreneur Leen Segers will head up the Immersive Works Jury,

On November 1, the Festival will open with a screening of Alice Winocour's Proxima, starring Eva Green and Matt Dillon.

A total of 180 film, television and digital works will be screened at this 25th edition. Thirty of these are in international competition, in the "Feature Films", "TV Series" and, for the third year, "Immersive Works" sections.

Out of competition, festival-goers will be able to preview Roman Polanski's J'accuse, as well as three new Swiss series:Helvetica, Quartier des banques and Wilder. In virtual reality, Jan Kounen's Ayahuasca and Kosmik Journey will be on show.

Founded in 1995, the Geneva International Film Festival explores the links between cinema, television and new forms of digital creation.

Full program on the GIFF website