Press release, April 27, 2021
DOMINIK GRAF TO RECEIVE THE HONORARY AWARD FOR VISIONARY CINEMA 2021
The extraordinarily versatile filmmaker will receive the award at the 10th Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel in person and will present the Swiss premiere of his latest film Fabian – Going to the Dogs. The Honorary Award for Visionary Cinema is handed out at irregular intervals to international filmmaking personalities who have made a special contribution to auteur cinema and film art. It will be awarded for the second time in 2021. The 10th edition of Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel will take place from 16 to 20 June in a hybrid form.
Press release, May 6, 2021
BILDRAUSCH HONORS JOANA HADJITHOMAS AND KHALIL JOREIGE
The Lebanese artists question the fabrication of images and representations, the construction of imaginaries, and the writing of history. At the intersection of art and film, their often biographical work explores the history and present of their homeland, which has been ravaged by war and violence. Bildrausch will showcase a retrospective and invites them to discuss their approach in the Thinking/Space.
Press release, May 11, 2021
FÉLIX DUFOUR-LAPERRIÈRE'S ISLANDS IN THE STREAM
Quebec's history and future are among the defining themes of French-Canadian filmmaker Félix Dufour-Laperrière, as are life as a couple or the free use of feature, documentary, animation and avant-garde film. Bildrausch is thrilled to host the young artist's first retrospective. His latest feature Archipelago will screen in the international competiton.
Press release, May 20, 2021
A NEW PROGRAMME: KALEIDOSCOPE
To mark its 10th anniversary, Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel presents a new sidebar: the programme Kaleidoscope celebrates the diversity of international cinema. The selection shows the whole range of contemporary filmmaking, from genre classics to artistic experiments. All films are shown as Swiss premieres and, if possible, in the presence of the filmmakers.
Press release, May 27, 2021
CUTTING EDGE: THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 2021
Bildrausch's international competition presents 14 feature and documentary films from 14 countries. Dominik Graf's new film is screened out of competition. The international jury is composed of the Austrian director, writer and producer Barbara Albert, Swedish cinematographer Lisabi Fridell and British critic and filmmaker Neil Young. All competition entries will be presented as Swiss premieres in the presence of the filmmakers, either in the real or virtual festival cinemas. The international jury will award the Bildrausch Ring of Film Art and the Peter Liechti Award on Sunday, June 20. Bildrausch's anniversary edition will open on Wednesday, June 16 with the Italian-Belgian competition entry Miss Marx by Susanna Nicchiarelli.
Press release, June 14, 2021
THE BILDRAUSCH ANNIVERSARY EDITION KICKS OFF ON 16 JUNE
On Wednesday, 16 June, the Italian-Belgian feature film Miss Marx by Susanna Nicchiarelli will open the anniversary edition of Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel. Beat Jans, president of the cantonal government of Basel-Stadt, and the festival directors Nicole Reinhard and Beat Schneider will address the audience in their welcoming speeches, together with the director. Until Sunday, 20 June, a total of 58 short, medium-length and long international films will be shown on 4 screens. The new competition "Mein erster Rausch" features 11 short films by young talents from Switzerland. The city walk "A City is a Cinema" also includes 11 short films. The German filmmaker Dominik Graf will be honoured with the Honorary Award for Visionary Filmmaking. The retrospectives focus on the work of the Lebanese artists duo Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige and the French-Canadian animation artist Félix Dufour-Laperrière. Numerous guests, master classes and events complete the film programme. For the first time, Bildrausch goes hybrid and will also happen at your home: With live events on the big and small screens, and with a streaming offer as a foray through all sections of the festival.
Press release, June 20, 2021
ALEXANDRE ROCKWELL AND NORIKA SEFA WIN BILDRAUSCH'S MAIN PRIZES
The awards of the 10th Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel were presented today, Sunday evening, during a hybrid award ceremony. The main prizes of the international competition went to Coming of Age stories from the USA and Kosovo. U.S. director Alexandre Rockwell won the Bildrausch Ring of Film Art for Sweet Thing. Kosovar director Norika Sefa accepted the Peter Liechti-Prize for her debut film Në kërkim të Venerës (Looking for Venera). This is not a burial, it's a resurrection by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, which opens in German-speaking Swiss cinemas next week, received an honorable mention.
Press release, June 30, 2021
NICOLE REINHARD MOVES TO FILMPODIUM ZÜRICH
Nicole Reinhard, the co-director of Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel, is leaving the festival at the end of November 2021 in order to become the director of Filmpodium Zürich. The festival's co-director Beat Schneider will remain in his position. The board will provide further information about the festival's future management structures in due course.