Film - Jazz

Postcard from the Venice Film Festival 2020


All good sense advised not to travel in the time of Covid-19. Definitely not to Italy, and most definitely, not to a Film Festival, oh the crowds! But when good sense does not prevail, as sometimes in my case, there are wonderful surprises. 


This time it was discovering “Meel Patthar” (Milestone) and Lakshvir Singh Saran, the 25-year-old Indian actor, .... >>

Move over Montreux. True Jazz lovers go to Cully


On a sunny spring evening, the setting by the shore of Lake Geneva blows the mind away. It does not get better than this picture-postcard Swiss locale. It’s not just the lake but the 30 kilometre backdrop of Lavaux’s terraced vineyards, deservedly classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2007 


The music festival Cully Jazz has been running for 36 years .... >>

Geneva’s Black Movie Festival


A bright spark in this dreary January in Geneva is certainly the Black Movie festival.


Take “Silent Mist”, a visually mesmerising film shot on location in a remote Chinese village.

A Not to be missed : Nyon's film festival visions du réel

15/04/2016 BY LE NEWS

Nyon’s Visions de Réel documentary film festival is an opportunity to see films with a deep message and purpose. “Films which may have been censored in their own countries, but shown complete at the festival” says Claude Ruey, the festival’s executive president, who started his involvement in the festival as a young volunteer picking up celebs at the airport! bright spark in this dreary January in Geneva is certainly the Black Movie festival.

Solothurn Film Festival 2016

29/01/2016 BY LE NEWS

Solothurn is yet another well kept Swiss secret and the location of a film festival over half a century old. This baroque town with a stunning location on the river Aare, decided in 1966 to start a festival that would focus on Swiss films, feature films, documentaries and short film productions.

By the Aare​ – Photo Renu Chahil-Graf
By the Aare​ – Photo Renu Chahil-Graf

Jazz under the rocks of an ancient fort

31/07/2015 BY LE NEWS

The usual reason one heads to Bellegarde is to jump onto the Geneva-Paris TGV, as it makes its first stop to pick up those living in neighbouring Pays de Gex. But next time, just before the downhill drive, swing a left to the Fort l’Ecluse where an exceptional jazz festival is taking place all summer long.   The Fort was founded by a Duke of Savoy, completed by Vauban during the reign of Louis XIV, destroyed by the Austrians in 1815, but ...