Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the international ‘Tous Écrans’ festival will feature 131 film and TV shows from 6-13November. The gathering will take over the heart of Geneva in Plainpalais’s art nouveau Pitoëff community hall, where two projection rooms will promote 44 Swiss and two European premieres, plus eight international and 10 World premieres. Canada is this year’s “guest” or featured country.
A new highlight, the “Film and Beyond” prize, will be awarded to French actor and screenwriter Jean-Hugues Anglade. Pitoëff will also host the works of artist François Moncarey, whose digital installations skilfully combine art, humanity, and recent technology. Other innovative installations will be featured, notably a drive-in cinema in Pitoëff’s courtyard. Here residents can sit in cars, especially brought in for the occasion, to watch an array of cult TV shows from the 1990s on the big screen. Viewers will be encouraged to envision and pitch their own series, with the best one to be announced during the festival.
Festival goers can further enjoy interactive stations and areas dedicated to digital culture, such as a conference room with Workflow, an international platform that attracts hundreds of professionals and is dedicated to audio-visual arts. They can also experience Oculus Rift, a 3D virtual reality headset considered the future of cinema. The trendiest local DJs will liven the midnight programme throughout the weekend. Tous Écrans has joined La Lanterne Magique and Mission Ciné to host family-friendly fare on Sunday, so that even the youngest aficionados can enjoy a taste of real cinema.
For further information: www.tous-ecrans.com