The 29th Film Festival Fribourg (FIFF) celebrates liberty   

With a programme featuring some 150 films from 57 countries, along with photographic exhibitions, masterclasses, and debates, FIFF is ready to throw open its doors and celebrate cinema in its entirety from 21st until 28th March.The programme for the 29th edition explores themes of freedom, both through humour and eroticism as well as through the perspectives of peoples with threatened identities liberating themselves through their art. Carte blanche is given to various personalities with different perspectives on the history of cinema by drawing from blind spots in the market. 

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The International Competition will feature twelve feature films from fourteen countries competeng for the grand prix Regard d’or, worth 30,000 Swiss francs. Theywill also give the chance to rediscover directors who have influenced FIFF. Following his 2010 Regard d’or for The Other Bank, George Ovashvili is back with Corn Island, a work with great visual potency. He won lasr year in Karlovy Vary the main award of the official jury and the prize of the ecumenical jury. Adilkhan Yershanov is also back with The Owners, and once again impacting Kazakh cinema. And Jafar Pahani is among the competition nominees, with the long-awaited Taxi, his latest feature and winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear. Even with the filmmaker absent from the festival, this film marks a new act of resistance against his government.Carte blanche, which FIFF endeavours to award to varied personalities, will continue to bring new dimensions to the programme by drawing on different perspectives on the history of cinema. Ossama Mohammed, creator of the deeply moving Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, has been given carte blanche (Hommage à…Syria by Ossama Mohammed), to use the different perspectives of Syrian filmmakers to paint a portrait of a suffering Syria through 42 short and feature films. Tony Gatlif, defender of the Roma people's freedoms, has chosen five films for the section Diaspora: Tony Gatlif and the Roma, which will shed light on the diversity of this culture.

The 29th edition of the festival will open on Saturday 21st March, in the presence of Manuel Sager, SDC director, and with the screening of Mr Kaplan, a sarcastic Uruguayan comedy, with director Alvaro Brechner. For more information: www.fiff.ch. FIFF's new application (FIFF 2015), which contains the whole programme and the Myprogram function, allowing you to save favourites and receive the latest news, will be available from March, 11, for free for iPhone and Android. Presales at www.starticket.ch is open from now.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 14:14