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Opening/Closing

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​.
Opening Films 3편의 상영작 이 묶음상영되고 12세 이상 상영 등급입니다.
Subotika. Land of Wonders

Peter Volkart

Switzerland2015Fiction, Documentary, Experimental13'DCPColorEnglish SubG

Two curious travelers endeavor to find the little-known mystical land of Subotika, a journey that becomes a truly new experience. The film thus questions the nature of right and wrong by presenting a very unconventional reflection of ourselves.​
A Gift

Aditya Ahmad

Indonesia2018Fiction15'DCPColorEnglish Sub12

Isfi is clad in comfortable school uniform pants when playing
 with her guy friends, but must don a hijab to visit her friend Nita. The two
 girls share a secretive time in Nita’s room, and Isfi decides to prepare a
 surprise gift to celebrate Nita’s birthday. Based on the friendship of two
 friends, the film explores the issue of the quest for sexual identity, as well
 as the expectations and stereotypes of gender roles. Best Short Film at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival’s Orizzonti section. ​
Solar Beats

Patrick Bokanowski

France2008Animation, Experimental18'40''DCPB&W, ColorNo Dialogue12

Walking towards the fire. In a ceaseless stream of light, people, landscapes and objects lead us to mysterious regions. Animation film with special effects.​