Geneva’s International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights readies its 13th edition
by Muriel Del Don
- The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights has announced the programme for its 13th edition, which will be held from 27 February–8 March
Geneva is preparing to host the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, a prestigious event dedicated to cinema and human rights all around the globe. At this, the 13th edition, Isabelle Gattiker will fill the shoes of Léo Kaneman as the head of the gathering, which, in addition to the two international competitions (fiction and documentaries), will offer an international seminar and a master class (led by Reda Kateb and moderated by Swiss director Lionel Baier), a series of conferences and a number of exhibitions. This one-of-a-kind platform aims to shine a spotlight on the work of already well-established filmmakers and artists, as well as fresh talents who are yet to be discovered; but all are united in the same wish to speak out against human-rights violations. In the words of Gattiker, the concept at the core of the festival is still “one film, one theme, one debate”, even though the reflective gathering will be opened up to new audiences, new places and new forms of expression.
The international jury of the “Creative Documentaries” competition will be chaired by Eric Cantona, who will also be presenting Foot et Immigration: 100 ans d’histoire commune in the “OMCT Documentary” official selection, a movie that he teamed up with Gilles Perez to direct. Meanwhile, Arsinée Khanjian, the Canadian actress and Atom Egoyan’s muse, will chair the “Fiction and Human Rights” jury. A total of 44 films will be screened, eight of which will be presented as international premieres and six as national premieres, including the French titles La France est notre patrie by Rithy Panh and Tchétchénie, une guerre sans traces by Manon Loizeau, the Indian-French co-production Tigers [+see also:
film profile] by Danis Tanovic, the US-German co-production Citizenfour [+see also:
film profile] (which recently won the Oscar for Best Documentary) by Laura Poitras, the Swiss movie Dirty Gold War by Daniel Schweizer, and even the Danish documentary that snagged the Grand Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize at the most recent edition of the Venice Film Festival, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence [+see also:
(Translated from Italian)