Fribourg, March, 26th, 2018 (SIGNIS/INTERFILM). At the 32nd Fribourg International Film Festival, the ecumenical jury, appointed by SIGNIS and INTERFILM gave its prize in the International Competition. This selection is the backbone of the festival programme. As every year, the FIFF present about twelve brand new productions from Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe that stand out for their innovation and capability to touch the audience.
The ecumenical award was given to Foxtrot, by Samuel Maoz (Israel, Switzerland, Germany, France, 2017). “What are we passing on to our children? What are children passing on to us? Our traditions and our hostilities. Our hopes and our loves. In an intense film made up of poignant images and biblical motifs, the director relays both history and personal stories in tragicomic style."
The Ecumenical Jury also gave a special mention to the Ukrainian film Black Level, by Valentyn Vasyanovych (2017), because “ it is a courageous and innovative film with profoundly technical and symbolic dimensions.”
The members of this year’s Jury are: Stefanie Arnold (Switzerland), Manfred Koch (Germany), Maxime Pouyanne (France), Luzia Sutter Rehmann (Switzerland).