The FIFDH revolted by the ASSAULT ON the Charlie Hebdo Headquarters
Deeply upset, the FIFDH would like to express its solidarity to the Charlie Hebdo editorial office and pay tribute to all the victims of this slaughter as well as their families. Among the dead are illustrators and cartoonists Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski. The latter, armed only with his talent, his humour and his pencil, had attended the FIFDH to condemn hatred and human rights violations.
The FIFDH strives for the defense and respect of all individuals, and freedom of expression is one its main components. Through these murders, it is freedom of expression, the home of illustrations and caricatures, which has stabbed. The satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was a partner of the festival between 2008 and 2010.
13th Edition, from February 27th to March 8th, 2015
The FLUX Laboratory and the fifdh present "WORDS WITH GODS"
For this 13th edition of the FIFDH, from February 27th to March 8th, 2015, the FIFDH and the Flux Lab
are happy to announce their collaboration around the film Words with Gods, which will be shown for its Swiss Premiere at six exclusive free screenings at the Temple de Saint-Gervais. Collective film on the theme of religion, Words with Gods is an exploration of the relationship between cultures and spirituality, rich with a poetic, captivating and surreal imagery. After a concept imagined by Guillermo Arriaga, curated by Mario Vargas Llosa and music by Peter Gabriel, Words with Gods is directed by nine renowned filmmakers from different horizons, such as Hideo Nakata, Mira Nair, Amos Gitai and Emir Kusturica. The screenings will take place in an important site of historical and spiritual memory, the Temple de Saint-Gervais, as a part of a series of extramural events organized by the FIFDH in order to offer everyone access to the Festival, to culture and to human rights. The dates and times of the screenings will be communicated with the official program of the Festival. This event will take place at Temple de Saint-Gervais, rue des Terreaux du Temple 12, 1201 Genève.
REDA KATEB TO JOIN THE FIFDH FOR A MASTERCLASS
The FIFDH is pleased to announce the presence of Reda Kateb at this year’s 2015 edition! Kateb will give a Masterclass on Feb. 27 (time to be confirmed), organized in partnership with Function: Cinema, the Grütli Cinema and Grütli Theatre. He will also present Cutter Hodierne’s “Fishing Without Nets”. Reda Kateb, now a strong figure of french cinema, has emerged in recent years as one of the most talented actors of his generation. A revelation in Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet” alongside Tahar Rahim, he was also particularly notable in “Zero Dark Thirty” by Kathryn Bigelow (five Academy Award nominations), Guillaume Gallienne’s “Me, Myself and Mum” (César Award for Best Film ) and “Lost River”, the first film of Ryan Gosling (selected at Cannes in 2014). We were recently able to see Kateb at the Grütli Cinema in “Hippocrates” by Thomas Lilti. In addition, he is currently featured on the poster of “Far from Men” alongside Viggo Mortensen, released in theaters in Geneva on January 21st.
ISABELLE GATTIKER, NEW GENERAL DIRECTOR OF THE FIFDH
“It is for me a challenge and an honor to take over the direction of the FIFDH, one of the leading events of the international and cultural Geneva, succeeding Léo Kaneman. Under my lead, the FIFDH, bringing together film festival and forum, will continue to develop as a place of dialogue and denunciation at the heart of international Geneva, and facing the United Nations. A unique platform which also promotes the work of filmmakers and artists, well-known or worth discovering, who reveal human rights violations and calls out to us due to their vision and intelligence. In these times of recession, the Festival will embrace new locations, new means of expression, and extend its influence. While keeping its “A film, a subject, a debate” at the Festival’s heart, the reflection is open to winning over new audiences, offering new forms of debate, and new places to study. A reflection to which we invite all our partners and the public, in order to maintain our role as a mirror of the world and its complexity.” Isabelle Gattiker