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NEVER TOO LATE by Ido Fluk wins „Regard d’or“ 2012

Israeli-born director Ido Fluk‘s film debut was an International Premiere at FIFF. Brazilian director Julia Murat won a total of four awards for her first full-length feature film HISTORIAS QUE SO EXISTEM QUANDO LEMBRADAS, including the highly endowed Talent Tape Award. The Egyptian film ASMAA by Amr Salama is the winner of this year’s Audience Award. The award ceremony took place in Fribourg last night. 
NEVER TOO LATE, winner of the Grand Prize „Regard d’or“ 2012, is a touching story of a personal quest: A young man by the name of Hertzel comes back to Israel broke after years abroad and finds work hanging advertising posters. He drives across the country from north to south in his deceased father’s old Volvo until his journey brings him face to face with himself. The award “Regard d’or” is endowed with 30'000 Swiss Francs. 
On stage during the ceremony, Ido Fluk declared how touched he was by this award and that his film is not about politics, that it shows different realities: He pointed out that there are a lot of Israelis like him who want withdrawal from the occupied territories and peace.
The Special Jury Award, worth CHF 10’000 goes to THE LAST FRIDAY by Yahya Al-Abdallah, a co-production between Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
The Talent Tape Award worth 19'000 CHF was awarded to the producers of HISTORI-AS QUE SO EXISTEM QUANDO LEMBRADAS, a co-production between Brazil, Argen-tina and France. The film by director Julia Murat also wins the Ex-Change Award (Youth Jury), the Don Quijote Award of the International Federation of the Film Socie-ties (FICC Award) as well as the Ecumenical Jury Award.
Taiwanese film HONEY PUPU received a special mention by the International Jury, while the film ASMAA by Amr Salama (Egypt) won the audience award. The Interna-tional Federation of the Cinematographic Press FIPRESCI awarded the South Korean director Huh Jong-ho for his film COUNTDOWN.
The 26th edition of the FIFF, the first under the artistic direction of Thierry Jobin, recorded steady audience numbers: More than 30’000 tickets were issued. Filmmakers from all over the world found their way to Fribourg. Panel discussions, evening events and a masterclass with Ivan Passer also generated interest. Thanks to very successful screenings at local schools and video workshops for multimedia students the festival keeps in touch with future festival generations. 
The 27th edition of the Fribourg International Film Festival takes place from March 16 – 23, 2012. 
Pictures of the award winners and film stills can be found on the website of the festival 
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The members of the International Jury of the 26th Fribourg International Film Festival are Sepideh Farsi (Iran), Golam Rabbany Biplob (Bangladesh), Jacky Goldberg (France), Mohammad Rasoulof (Iran), and Franz Treichler (Switzerland).
The “Regard d’Or” (Golden Gaze) or Grand Prix of the Fribourg International Film Festival, consists of CHF 30,000, the State of Fribourg contributing CHF 20,000 and the Municipality of Fribourg, CHF 10,000. This award is conferred on the director (CHF 20,000) and the producer (CHF 10,000) of the winning film designated by the International Jury.
The “Regard d’Or” goes to:
Never Too Late
by Ido Fluck, Israel 2011.
«For the successful cinematographic approach of the filmmaker to the dilemma of the contemporary human being facing the challenges of the geographic and cultural context.»
This award (CHF 10,000) is conferred by the Swiss Authors Society (Société Suisse des Auteurs – SSA) and Suissimage on the director of the winning film designated by the International Jury for inventiveness in script and directing, for renewal of cinematographic language or for thematic and formal audacity.
This award goes to:
The Last Friday
by Yahya Al-Abdallah, Jordanien, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate 2011.
«For a subtle combination of the cinematographic language and the narration.»
Egli Film AG and Fujifilm AG are sponsoring this award worth CHF 19,000 going to a producer for the quality of the awarded film. The prize consists of a tape-to-film transfer of 90 minutes running time. The transfer from video to Fuji film in cinematic standard will be effected in the laboratory of Egli Film AG in Zurich.
This award goes to:
Histórias Que Só Existem Quando Lembradas
by Julia Murat, Brasilien, Argentinien, Frankreich 2011.
«For the poetical approach of the filmmaker on the passage of time, the quality of the visual treatment and the reflexion on the essence of the photographic image.»
Special Mention 
A Special Mention goes to
Honey PuPu
by Chen Hung-I, Taiwan 2011.
«For its effort in combining different media and their effect on the social network generation.»
This award (CHF 5,000) is bestowed by the Fribourg International Film Festival and the newspaper La Liberté. It goes to the director of the film selected by the audience.
This award goes to:
von Amr Salama, Ägypten 2011. 
This award (CHF 5,000) is conferred jointly by “Action de Carême” and “Pain pour le Prochain/Bread for all”, two organisations of  the Swiss catholic and protestant churches working in development, to the director whose film best reflects the values of these two organisations. The Ecumenical Jury is composed of representatives of the two agencies of the Churches for development, and representatives of SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication) and INTERFILM (International Interchurch Film Organisation): Théo Buss (CH), Jacques Champeaux (FR), Blanca Steinmann (CH) und Davide Zordon (IT).
Histórias Que Só Existem Quando Lembradas
by Julia Murat, Brasilien, Argentinien, Frankreich 2011.
«The film is about time that elapses, memory, death, and shows how the irruption of youth, and the use of photography, can revive remembrances and give a new sense to life. The graveyard, which had been symbolically closed, opens again.»
A Special Mention goes to
by Amr Salama, Ägypten 2011.
A second Special Mention goes to
In the Open
by Hernán Belón, Argentinien, Frankreich 2011.
Conferred by the representatives of the International Federation of the Cinematographic Press, this award aims to promote cinema as an art and encourage new, young cinematographers.
The members of the FIPRESCI Jury of the 26th Fribourg International Film Festival are
Sheila Johnston (GB), Cerise Howard (AU), Hauvick Habechian (LE), Katja Cicigoj (SL), Nina Scheu (CH).
This award goes to:
by Huh Jong-ho, Südkorea 2011.
«Countdown is a multi-layered film which appeals to a wide range of audiences. On one level, it is an efficient, fast-moving and accessible crime thriller. On another, the film addresses a whole range of deeper themes - guilt, parenting, illness, handicap, death and salvation - within its genre format. The jury appreciated the skill and ease with which the director moves between tonal registers - from humour to suspense to pathos - and the persuasive central performance.»
Conferred by E-CHANGER, a Fribourg-based agency of North-South co-operation, this award (CHF 5,000) is bestowed by the Youth Jury. Its aim is to encourage the younger people to express themselves at the festival, but also to give preference to a film that takes into account the problems they encounter in today’s world. The members of the E-CHANGER Jury of the 26rd Fribourg International Film Festival are:
Danilo Cagnazzo (CH), Leila El Kholy (CH), Raphael Rück (CH), Déborah Sangsue (CH), Beatriz Ester Schreiber (CH), Sharon Jacqueline Suter (CH), Killiam Tremion (FR).
The award goes to:
Histórias Que Só Existem Quando Lembradas
by Julia Murat, Brasilien, Argentinien, Frankreich 2011.
«A universal story that summarizes in a simple and poetic way the essence of our lives. Julia Murat is right : We need to remember certain stories ! They may come across as trivial at first, but they remind us of those elements that can unite us. The director seems to want to tell us that previous generations are also meant to teach us their skills and share knowledge. But it is up to the young people to take their time and show an interest for the wisdom of the elders.»
The members of the IFFS (International Federation of the Film Societies) Jury are:
Sara Cereghetti (CH), Juan Manuel Garcia Ferrer (ES), Tapesh Sharma (IN).
The award goes to:
Histórias Que Só Existem Quando Lembradas
by Julia Murat, Brasilien, Argentinien, Frankreich 2011.
«A serenade to immortality, a vertical poem which passes through histories. A fully realised fiction, achieved with still and maturity that caresses perfection both in its content and in its form: a subtly acted script directed with an affecting mastery of photography by a young woman walking the tightrope of memory.»

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