We are thrilled to announce the theme and image for the 19th edition of FEST!
It may be strange at first, but then you will embrace this year's FEST theme, after hope and love! First chosen for the 2020 edition, ironically held up by the pandemic, 2023 brings the apocalypse!
It's crucial to confront the challenges that lie ahead. Let's not turn a blind eye to the dangers that threaten our existence, but instead, come together to find solutions for a sustainable future. Whether it's nuclear warfare, environmental disasters, pandemics, or other unforeseen perils, understanding these risks enables us to take the necessary steps to prevent or mitigate their consequences. It's crucial that we educate ourselves, raise awareness, and work together to develop proactive strategies for overcoming these obstacles. By doing so, we can build a more resilient and sustainable future for ourselves and the generations to come.
Since 2021 FEST choose a different artist to perform every year's theme. In 2021 Francisco Fonseca chose Johan Christian Dahl's breathtaking painting "View From Stahlheim" and in 2022 the famous storyboard artist Temple Clark created a piece of art thinking “What if Botticelli was a movie director?”
We couldn't be happier with these results and tradition! In 2023 we want to thank Ricardo Ladeira, the artist behind our stunning visual concept, inspired by the painting, “Hunters in the snow” by Pieter Bruegel, a true inspiration in the film industry, mainly recognizable in "Solaris" and "The Mirror" by Andrei Tarkovsky, in "Melancholia" by Lars von Trier, and in "Dans la ville blanche", by Alain Tanner.
Don't feel afraid or unsafe! In apocalyptic times, human nature learns more about hope, strength and moving forward! As the famous calm after the storm, the FEST experience this year has a lot more to offer and a lot of surprises that we will reveal in the next few days!