The 36th BISFF will present three opening films.
The first film hails from this year’s Guest Country Switzerland. Small but mighty, Switzerland is well known for its economy and tourism, but also shows great potential in arts, especially film. This year’s BISFF opening ceremony will introduce Switzerland’s Subotika. Land of Wonders, which employs various metaphors to express the essence of reality rather than typical realistic methods. At the same time, it does not disappoint those looking for imagination and originality.
The second film, A Gift, comes from Indonesia, the rising star in the Asian film industry. This film adresses topics of friendship and sexual identity, a sensitive issue all over the world which the director adresses effectively by expertly leading the audience to contemplate different viewpoints. It won Best Short Film at the Venice International Film Festival 2018.
The third film relates to this year’s BISFF theme, “Past, Present and Future of Cinema.” It is an animation by Patrick Bokanowski, a giant in experimental films who is ceaselessly seeking answers to the most fundamental questions about film. This film looks at the art of film, which was born at the end of the 19th century and has undergone many transformations, from a creative perspective of the present. Musician Michèle Bokanowski’s tunes adds power to the story in this novel film, Solar Beats.