March 16 – 23, 2013
What’s It All About?
The Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF) is an annual festival that celebrates 27 years this year. During the festival, the town of Fribourg turns into a melting pot of international cinematography. The programme this year comprises almost 90 feature films and 20 shorts from 45 countries. The highlight of the festival is the International Competition section, which consists of 12 films. Even the parallel sections, successfully introduced last year, have been prominently positioned in the programme: sport in international filmmaking past and present, and a programme comprising films in which children are left to fend for themselves in emergency and crisis situations.
There will also be numerous focal points of cultural interchange. Director Atom Egoyan brings Armenia to Fribourg; Uzbekistan’s astonishingly diverse cinematic creativity is on show; and South Korea is well represented in several programme sections. And the Swiss film section includes domestic creations filmed abroad as well as international productions for which Switzerland provided the setting.
Watch Out For!
The opening ceremony this year will take place on Saturday, March 16, with the opening film Bekas by Karzan Kader. Award-winning Iraqi filmmaker, Kader’s film maps the journey of two young boys who go to great lengths to escape to America a country ‘inhabited by Superman’, a world they caught a glimpse of through a small window of a cinema.
The traditional Bernese avant premiere of FIFF takes place on Tuesday, March 12, and will present a Swiss premiere, Infancia Clandestina, by Benjamin Ávila (Argentina, Spain, Brazil, 2012).
There will be several panel discussions on the following topics:
• Terra Incognita: Uzbekistan
• Genre Cinema: Escape to Victory!
• Diaspora: Atom Egoyan and Armenia
• Passeport Suisse: Thorberg
• Decryption: Youth on the Edge
• Rencontre with the International Jury
Films to be showcased in the International Competition section include:
• Fill The Void
• It’s A Dream
• Three Sisters
• In The Name Of Love
• Your Time Is Up
• Sleepless Night
Out Of Competition
• From Tehran to London & Dancing Mania
• Comrade Kim Goes Flying
• Final Cut – Ladies and Gentlemen
FFI Family In India
• Mumbai Cha Raja
• Stanley Ka Dabba
The closing film, The Grandmaster by Wong Kar-wai, will be screened as a Swiss premiere. This biopic is dedicated to Yip Man (1893-1972), a martial arts genius who taught his art to the illustrious Bruce Lee. After starting out as a policeman at the age of 24, Yip got caught up in the series of wars before and after Mao. He ended his life as a destitute teacher.