This year’s Fribourg International Film Festival to hinge on ghosts
by Muriel Del Don
- The FIFF is about to kick off its 31st edition, where 140 films from 45 countries, 10 of which will be having their world premieres, will delight the crowds of festivalgoers
The Eagle Huntress [+see also:
film profile] by British director Otto Bell will open the festivities at this year’s edition of the Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF, 31 March-8 April), a gathering that strives to discover new talents hailing from all over the world.
This year, ghosts, as represented across more than 20 cultures, will be the key theme that will guide festivalgoers through the rich programme. Among the films that place spirits and spectres at the centre of their storylines (in the guise of family secrets, inexplicable disappearances and mysterious leaders) are Dearest Sister by Mattie Do (the first film from Laos to be directed by a woman), The Truth Beneath by Lee Kyoung-mi (South Korea) and Kati Kati [+see also:
film profile] by Mbithi Masya (Germany/Kenya), all of which have been selected for the International Competition. In the same competition we also find three features by directors who were previously picked for the shorts section of the FIFF: Singing in Graveyard by Bradley Liew (Malaysia/Philippines), Honeygiver Among the Dogs by Dechen Roder (Bhutan) and Obscure, a Syrian-Lebanese co-production by Soudade Kaadan. And the International Competition will offer still more feature debuts, such as The Night Guard by Mexico’s Diego Ros, The Cinema Travellers by Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham (India) and January by Argentina’s Darío Mascambroni. Also locking horns are The Student by Kirill Serebrennikov and Apprentice [+see also:
film profile] by Boo Junfeng, both of which were selected at Cannes.
The FIFF will also offer a true world first: an unprecedented overview of more than 20 movies from Nepal, including White Sun [+see also:
film profile] by Deepak Rauniyar, which was previously selected for the Venice Film Festival.
(Translated from Italian)
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