Fribourg: a small festival with great ambitions
by Muriel Del Don
- International Fribourg Film Festival is preparing to kick off its latest edition, with 113 films due to be screened as part of an increasingly rich and varied programme
As pointed out by Alain Berset, president of the Swiss Confederation: "The FIFF has taken on new momentum in recent years, allowing it to become one of the few small festivals to be mentioned alongside some of the biggest." A positive comment that highlights the desire of International Fribourg Film Festival (FIFF) to consolidate its presence in the landscape of Swiss and international film festivals. Constantly looking for a balance between films for the general public and more niche productions, great classics and exciting discoveries, the festival continues to attract important individuals from the world of cinema. This year, for its 32nd edition (16 to 24 March), Ken Loach will be making an appearance at Fribourg to host an expected masterclass (19 March).
The international competition (feature films), composed of 12 films from as many different countries, will host four European productions and co-productions: Black Level [+see also:
film profile] by the Ukranian director Valentyn Vasyanovych, What Will People Say [+see also:
interview: Iram Haq
film profile] (Norway/Germany/Sweden) by Norwegian-Pakistanidirector Iram Haq, Foxtrot [+see also:
interview: Samuel Maoz
film profile] (Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France) by the Israeli director Samuel Maoz and The Seen and Unseen [+see also:
film profile] (Indonesia/the Netherlands/Australia/Qatar) by Indonesian director Kamila Andini.
The Nouveau territoire section will focus on Mongolia this year. Ten films will be screened at Fribourg with the aim of underlining the quality and variety of a relatively unknown cinematographic landscape. Both Cannes and Berlin festival will be present at the FIFF through two "cartes blanches": the first (a selection of ten films) will be directed by the director of Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Frémaux, and the second one will be dedicated to Beki Probst, founder of Berlinale's European Film Market.
(Translated from Italian)
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