Press release, May 16, 2022
Bildrausch Film Festival with New Initiatives
Basel’s international film festival, Bildrausch, brings the world to the screens. The new artistic director Susanne Guggenberger launches new initiatives that promote cooperation, accessibility and dialogue.
The 11th edition of the Bildrausch Filmfest is the first led by Susanne Guggenberger, the Festival’s new artistic director. On Wednesday, June 22, she will open the exquisite Basel Film Festival with the Ukrainian film Stop·Zemlia by Kateryna Gornostai. This feature film is a tribute to Ukrainian youth before the war. On the same day, the cooperation with the Kaserne Basel will be launched with the Argentine comedy La Edad Media by Alejo Moguillansky and Luciana Acuña, while the closing film will screen at Gare du Nord on June 26: The cinematic opera Kapr Code by Lucie Králová questions the conditions of art in an authoritarian regime.
Over five days, a total of 30 short, medium-length and long films will be shown at Stadtkino Basel, kult.kino atelier, Kaserne Basel and Gare Du Nord. The international program will present ten long films from all continents, six of them as Swiss premieres. The tribute is dedicated to the Peruvian-Dutch filmmaker Heddy Honigmann and the thematic focus deals with the wounds and wonders of human existence. Numerous guests and parties supplement the film program. A small selection of films will be available in streaming and provide a foray through all sections of the festival.
“Our program brings the world to the screens,” explains director Susanne Guggenberger. “With our selection, we confront numerous realities – namely the consequences of war. And while the films are very different in content and form, they all share one attitude: they interfere with contemporary events through radical tenderness. The films are an ode to humanity and open up a space for beauty and dialogue. The program is meant to inspire hope. We want to seize the great opportunity that we have to meet again and exchange ideas inspired by films. This was a guiding principle during the preparations: How can we further promote the accessibility of the festival and extend an invitation to everyone?”
Bildrausch director Samuel Steinemann adds: “It’s important for us to widen the scope. For example, refugees from all countries will get free admission to screenings, and we’re providing access to two films in the international program for the visually and hearing impaired by offering audio description and descriptive subtitles.”
The 11th Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel will take place from June 22 to 26. The presale of tickets starts on June 1 on the festival website.