Lecce, 3rd – 8th April 2017 – Multiplex Cinema Massimo

Agnieszka Holland and Nuri Bilge Ceylan



Polish director Agnieszka Holland and Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan are the “Protagonists of European Cinema”, one of the sections of the European Film Festival, directed by Alberto La Monica and Cristina Soldano, whose 18th edition will be held in Lecce from April 3rd to April 8th.

The recipient of two Academy Award nominations (in 1985 for Best Foreign Language Film with Angry Harvest and in 1990 for Best Adapted Screenplay with Europa Europa (1990), winner of the  Golden Globe), Agnieszka Holland began her career in Poland as assistant for Krzysztof Zanussi and later worked with Andrzej Wajda. Provincial Actors, one of the key films of the so-called “cinema of moral anxiety”, received the critics’ award at Cannes in 1980. In 1981 the director moved to France.

Holland has also worked on many TV productions, including well-known TV series such as House of Cards, The Wire, Cold Case  and Treme. The European Film Festival will present a selection of her films, chosen together with the director herself, including Spoor (Pokot), which screened at the last edition of the Berlinale to great critical acclaim.

The films selected are the following: Screen Tests (Zdjecia próbne, 1977), Provincial Actors (Aktorzy prowincjonalni, 1979), A Lonely Woman (Kobieta samotna,1981) , Fever (Goraczka, 1981), Europa Europa (1991), Olivier, Olivier (1992), The Secret Garden (1993), Washington Square (1997), In Darkness (W ciemności, 2011), Spoor (Pokot, 2017).

Awarded as Best Director for Three Monkeys at Cannes Film Festival in 2008, Nuri Bilge Ceylan earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film with the same work, the first Turkish  film ever to be nominated for an Oscar in this category. But Nuri Bilge Ceylan is also the author of the first Turkish short film ever to officially compete at Cannes in 1995, Cocoon.  And Cannes “became” a fundamental showcase for the director’s career: in 2003 he won the Grand Prix for Uzak; in 2009 he was asked to join the jury of the French festival; in 2011 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia earned him another Grand Prix and in 2014 he was awarded a Golden Palm for Winter Sleep.

In addition to screening all of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s films, the European Film Festival will also present a   Masterclass (Thursday 6 April at 11 a.m.) during which the Turkish director will talk to the audience about his career. 

These are the scheduled films: Koza (1995), Kasaba (1997), Clouds of May (1999), Uzak (2002), Climates (2006), Three Monkeys (2008), Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011), Winter Sleep (2014) 

Produced by Apulia Film Commission Foundation and Puglia Region and funded by Patto per la Puglia programme (FSC, Fund for Regional Development and Cohesion), the European Film Festival is conceived and organized by the Cultural Association “Art Promotion” with the support of the Municipality of Lecce and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism – Directorate General for Cinema.

The European Film Festival, recognized by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage as an “event of national interest”, is a member of the Association of Italian Film Festivals and has the patronage of the European Parliament, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Experimental Film Centre), S.N.G.C.I., FIPRESCI, S.N.C.C.I., Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio (Italian National Short Film Centre), Agiscuola. 






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