Cinema Tout Ecran, held in the capital of
the Canton of Geneva, is unique amongst film festivals, presenting movies
from both the little and the big screen. In the words of Leo Kaneman,
Artistic director of the Festival, "The key elements are the artistic
quality of the film, the director's talent and the sense of his direction,
but the media producing the film has no importance." The fourteen
films that were presented in the official competition ranged from an
examination of the death penalty, (Manner's of Dying),
to a curiously titled coming-of-age story, (Kim Novak never swam
in Genesaret’s Lake) to FIPRESCI-winner Ryna,
which both our reports discuss. The festival also held a tribute
to always-controversial Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, as famous for
pointing his camera up Sharon Stone's skirt as he is for the blood-splattered
drama of RoboCop – but
even from his early Spetters-days it was clear that much
social criticism lay behind his penchant for blood, sex and sleaze.
In keeping with the tenets of the festival, his early TV-movies will
be screening alongside those made for the big screen. There is also
a retrospective to French-Swiss filmmaker
Pierre Maillard whose films, as the festival website writes, "...reflect the
existential concerns of characters with distressing backgrounds."
Details of the Prize.
Keeping Vigil: With Ruxandra Zenide's
FIPRESCI-winning film Ryna, Thomas Rothschild discerns that
there is still "hope for European cinema".
Debut. The highlight of the official selection this
year, as Pascal Grenier discovers, was those films made by first-time