Visions probes Putin's politics

MUNICH — The lineup of Swiss fest Visions du Reel is to be headed by “Manufacturing Dissent: Uncovering Michael Moore,” Canadian helmers Debbie Melnyck and Rick Caine’s probing of the controversial filmmaker’s methods.

In its pursuit of docus and fact-based dramas with diverse and provocative POVs, the Nyon-based fest, which runs April 20-26, is also to show “In Memoriam Litvinenko” by Jos de Putter.

Docu deals with the politics of Russian prexy Vladimir Putin and features a conversation with former Russian secret agent Alexander Litvinenko, who was assassinated last November.

Another pic that should spark debate is Miroslaw Dembinski’s “A Belarusian Lesson,” which looks at a group of youngsters fighting for freedom in Belarus.

The fest’s international competish will include the world preems of Alain Cavalier’s “Lieux Saints” and Mika Kaurismaki’s “Sonic Mirrors.” Stefan Schweitert’s music docu “Heimatklaenge” is to open the fest.

Sidebar Regards Neufs features new filmmakers from around the world, including a docu from Afghanistan about a body-building contest (“Afghan Muscles”).

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