35th Festival International du Films de Fribourg

16.07.2021 to 25.07.2021

The Ecumenical Jury in Fribourg 2021 has awarded its CHF 5,000 prize to the Japanese competition entry "True Mothers" by Naomi Kawase. The Grand Prix des Festival went to "La Nuit des Rois" Philippe Lacôte from Ivory Coast. In addition, the international festival jury awarded its Special Prize to the black comedy "Bad Christmas" (Argentina, Uruguay 2020) by Gastón Portal.

Link: Website of the Festival


True Mothers
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With great sensitivity, Naomi Kawase tells us the story of family dramas, especially the difficulties associated with adoption. The film, set in a modern Japan that is nevertheless strongly influenced by traditional values, questions the model of classic family and gives a glimpse of a possible other model of “parenthood”. This work is distinguished by a luminous visual language that creates a harmony between the characters and the landscapes.