24. 2. 2016

Febiofest introduces its new programme section Refugees


Prague IFF – Febiofest introduces its new programme section Refugees. “Films in this selection do not judge, nor do they offer easy solutions or take sides. They simply portray the world we live in. There are real people behind all fictional stories, who bear little resemblance to the superficial news footage, and that is what a genuine artistic testimony should strive for,” says Štefan Uhrík. The genesis of every film is a long-term process. That is why the sensitively shot refugee stories featured in Febiofest’s programme were all made prior to the current refugee crisis and are valuable additions to current discussions. Cowboys is the directorial debut of French scriptwriting star Thomas Bidegain. The film portrays the story of a father, whose life is transformed when his daughter elopes with a Muslim fundamentalist, and it was among the most remarkable French films at the last Cannes IFF. The most talked about film is possibly the controversial and highly topical feature Made in France about a journalist who infiltrates a group of youths planning a terrorist attack, which was made in an immediate reaction to the terrorist attack at Charlie Hebdo offices. The near experimental feature film debut Fallow made by Belgian documentary filmmaker Laurent Van Lancker was shot on location in the Calais refugee camp before the site became a frequent news item. There are four Belgian films in our selection, including The White Knights directed by the renowned Joachim Lafosse, a reconstruction of a true event from 2007 concerning a humanitarian group that gets involved in trafficking of African orphans, despite the group’s initial good intentions. The Maltese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, Simshar made by the young filmmaker Rebecca Cremona, was inspired by a nearly ten-year-old tragedy of a refugee group attempting to reach Italian shores.

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