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Visions du Reel (VdR), one of the oldest and most influential documentary film festivals in Europe, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. It was the second time VdR was launched under the leadership of French Emilie Bujes, the sixth artistic director since its inception. Visions du Reel's first artistic director was Moritz de Hadeln (born in Exeter, England), who, together with his wife Erika, founded the festival in 1969. Ten years later he passed the helm and gradually took over responsibility for other film festivals – in Locarno, Berlin respectively (where he was director of the Berlin for over 20 years) and Venice. Under the leadership of de Hadel, Nyon International Documentary Festival became known for showing films produced behind the Iron Curtain – at a time when unfiltered stories from inside the Soviet Union rarely reached the international community.
The film festival was relaunched with its current name in 1995 – with a nine-day celebration in the small Swiss town of Nyon, close to the magnificent Lake Geneva – when film critic and critic Jean Perret took over the creative reins. The name change reflected Perret's commitment and enthusiasm for "cinema du reel" ("realistic film"), which is freer in its expression than the traditional one. . .
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