FIFF unveils the entirety of its programme and all its guests! This year there will be a total of 140 films from 45 countries present, including 10 World Premieres and 70 Swiss, European and International Premieres.
The 31st edition will open its curtains on Friday, 31 March in the presence of Marco Solari, the President of the Locarno Festival and a great friend of the FIFF. The ceremony will be followed by the Swiss Premiere of Otto Bell's much anticipated documentary The Eagle Huntress with the film's protagonist in attendance. The 31st edition, which is geared around a meditation on the history of cinema, will be enriched with cartes blanches and homages. Freddy Buache, the illustrious founder of the Cinémathèque Suisse, and Douglas Kennedy, the successful American writer and passionate cinephile, will share their favourite films and hold Masterclasses. The economics journalist Myret Zaki, who is well-known in Switzerland, will take us on a journey through the cinema of a singing and dancing Egypt. The main theme of FIFF 2017, ghosts, will give an overview of the role of spectres across more than 20 different cultures. In its capacity as a rich source of inspiration for filmmakers around the world, the FIFF will offer an exclusive presentation of more than 20 films from Nepal. The section will be wonderfully represented by several Nepalese filmmakers at a Round table discussion.
The International Competitions and their experts
A selection of some of the best films from the past year, the International Competition: Feature Films, will see 12 films compete for the Grand Prix, worth CHF 30,000. Divided into three sections, the International Competition: Short Films will present the newest future talent. The entire proramme is now available online.
International Competition Jury: Feature Films
Ludovic Bernard, director and first assistant director (France)
Yaelle Kayam, director and screenwriter (Israel)
Kang Soo-youn, Director of the Busan International Film Festival, BIFF (South Korea)
Subarna Thapa, actor and director (Nepal)
International Competition Jury: Short Films
Bianca Balbuena, producer (Philippines)
Jan Gassmann, director (Switzerland)
Georges Schwizgebel, director (Switzerland)
Save the dates
16 March, 5 pm, Opening, Jean Cocteau - Jean Mauboulès, APCd Fondation, Marly
16 March, 6.15 pm, Première, CineMovie 1, Berne, Bumbai Bird, (World Premiere) Kamal Musale
23 March, 6.30 pm, Fri-son fait son cinéma, Killing Ground, (Swiss Premiere) Damien Power
30 March, 6.30 pm, Opening, Nepal – The Red Casket, Art Buvette
31 March, 7.30 pm, Opening film, The Eagle Huntress, Otto Bell (Swiss Premiere), Arena Cinemas
2 April, 10.30 am, FIFF Brunch, Has been – Peter Schuyff exhibition, Fri Art Kunsthalle
5 April, 6.30 pm, Opening, VEIL & UNVEILING The veil from every angle, BCU
8 April, 6 pm, Closing film, The Birth of a Nation, (Swiss Premiere) Nate Parker, Théâtre Equilibre
Have you already made your choice among the films? Advanced booking and more information as from now on www.fiff.ch
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