«Three Sisters» by Wang Bing is the big winner at FIFF   

«Three Sisters» by Wang Bing is the winner of the Ecumenical Award as well as the Grand-Prix of the Swiss Filmfest FIFF in Fribourg. The Ecumenical Jury – nominated by SIGNIS and INTERFILM – indicates: «Three Sisters guides us to Yunnan in a province in China. We follow the three sisters Yingying, ten years, Zhenzhen, six years, and Fenfen, four years, living under conditions of immense poverty. The mother disappeared and the father is obliged to work in town far away. The film shows with majesty and respect the reverse of the globalization, the consumption and its consequences on the ones left behind, the most fragile members of the society, the children. The cinematic perspective discovers a world that confronts the precarious situation in the everyday life of the three sisters with their love, tenderness and a deep sense of responsibility between them.»


Further more the jury awards a commendation to the Turkish «Watchtower» by Pelin Esmer. «The film underlines the human and efficient manner in which a man, hurt in his past, helps a woman in distress.»


This award consisting of CHF 5'000 is conferred jointly by two institutions of the churches working in development cooperation, Fastenopfer (catholic) and Bread for All (protestant), to the director whose film best reflects the situation of men and women in Africa, Asia and Latin America and stands for Human Rights and Solidarity.


Members of the jury

Anne-Lise Jaccaud Napi, Vevey (Switzerland)

Marie-Thérèse Mäder, Zürich (Switzerland)

Elizabeth Pérès. Issy Les Moulineaux (France)

Jean-Claude Robert. Antélias (Lebanon) – President


Official website FIFF

Monday, 25 March 2013, 17:15