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The Saas Fee Filmfest announces the birth of its second, long-awaited edition


- From 18 to 22 March the charming mountain town of Saas Fee will for the second time become the privileged setting for the Saas Fee Filmfest

The Saas Fee Filmfest announces the birth of its second, long-awaited edition

Following a first and bold edition Gabriel Zurbriggen and Stefan Fichtner, the two directors of the Saas Fee Filmfest, have decided to repeat. Surrounded by breathtaking promontories, the town of Saas Fee will once again for a few days cast off its image as a popular ski resort in order to devote itself (almost) exclusively to film.

As the directors themselves explain, the festival seeks to host a selection of free, personal and innovative movies. A belief geared towards all directors, from newcomers to the most well-known, and to all productions, from fiction to documentary. The origin of films competing in the “Film from five countries competition” (the main competition) is key. This competition is dedicated exclusively to Swiss, Austrian, German, French and Italian fiction productions (neighbouring countries in which at least one of the four national languages of Switzerland is spoken).

At the moment all that’s known are the opening film and the jury make-up. The festival will open this year with French film 3 Coeurs [+see also:
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by Benoît Jacquot (German-speaking Swiss Première) previously screened in competition at Venice. This film depicts a quartet of first-class actors: Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg and the symbolic couple Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni. The French director will, in a way, be the guiding theme of this second edition in as much as one of his favourite actresses, Isild le Besco will be on the jury. The French actress will be accompanied by the young Swiss director Christine Repond (Silberwald) and by director Markus Schleinzer who with his debut film Michael [+see also:
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(selected in competition at Cannes) has made his mark as one of the new Holy Terrors of Austrian cinema. A second edition promising new and intriguing surprises will follow.

(Translated from Italian)

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