19TH EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL

Lecce, 9 – 14 April 2018 | Multiplex Cinema Massimo

ILDIKÓ ENYEDI IS THE PROTAGONIST OF THE EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL

LUCIANA CASTELLINA AND CARLO VERDONE will meet the audience before the screening of

The Strawberry Statement

 

Cinema and Reality: national premiere of the documentary

Prima che il Gallo canti by Cosimo Damiano Damato

A Q&A will follow with the director and Moni Ovadia

 

 

ILDIKÓ ENYEDI is the protagonist of the fifth day of the 19th European Film Festival. Tomorrow, the Hungarian director will receive the Golden Olive Tree for Career Achievement and take part in a Q&A with the audience hosted by Massimo Causo at 8.30 pm (room 2); the event will be followed by the screening of her latest film On Body and Soul (Hungary, 2017), Golden Bear winner at the Berlinale 2017 and Oscar nominated this year for Best Foreign Language Film.

 

The Festival presents the complete retrospective of her films, including Simon the Magician, the film with which, in 2000, Enyedi won the Golden Olive Tree at the first edition of the European Film Festival. The director is currently working on The Story of My Wife: Léa Seydoux, her first English language film, starring French actress Léa Seydoux and the Norwegian Anders Baasmo Christiansen.

For the tribute to 1968, at 6 pm (room 2), there will be the screening of The Strawberry Statement (USA, 1970) by Stuart Hagmann; the film will be introduced by the curators of the tribute Luciana Castellina and Carlo Verdone. At 11 pm (room 2), also as part of the tribute to 1968, the screening of Après Mai (France, 2012) by Olivier Assayas will take place. 

 

Within the Cinema and Reality section, at 10 pm (room 4), there will be the national premiere of the documentary Prima che il Gallo canti (Italy, 2017) by Cosimo Damiano Damato, the spiritual legacy of priest Don Andrea Gallo in a journey through Italian singer-songwriter music. There are so many artists who have written religious-themed songs, secular prayers in which they pose existential questions and portray a God that is close to man. Don Gallo talks about the songs by songwriters dealing with issues he deeply cares about, such as the need for love, poverty, life on the street, solidarity, loneliness. After the screening, the director will take part in a Q&A with the audience together with Moni Ovadia.

 

For the ninth edition of the Mario Verdone Award, the film on schedule is The Last Prosecco (Italy, 2017) by Antonio Padovan (room 3, 10 pm).

The screenings of the European Comedy section also continue; at 8 pm (room 3) the film on schedule is Abracadabra (Spain, 2017) by Pablo Berger.

The tribute to the protagonists of Italian Cinema continues for Kim Rossi Stuart with Angel of Evil (Vallanzasca) (Italy-France-Romania, 2010) by Michele Placido and Without Skin (Italy, 1994) by Alessandro D’Alatri. For Jasmine Trinca, the films on schedule are There Will Come A Day (Italy-France, 2013) by Giorgio Diritti and Honey (Italy-France, 2013) by Valeria Golino.

The European tribute to British director Michael Winterbottom goes on with 24 Hour Party People (Uk, 2002) and The Road to Guantanamo (Uk, 2006).

In room 5, the competition for the Golden Olive Tree “Cristina Soldano Award for Best Film” continues:

At 6 pm, Scary mother (Georgia-Estonia, 2017) by Ana Urushadze is the story of a 50-year-old housewife, Manana, torn between her love for family life and her passion for writing, which she has repressed for years. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Director of Photography Konstantin Mindia Esadze and, after that, a Q&A with the director

At 8.30 pm, Disappearance (Netherlands-Norway, 2017) by Boudewijn Koole, the story of Roos, a girl who reconciles with her mother after numerous and bitter arguments. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

At 10.30 pm, Agape (Croatia, 2017) by Branko Schmidt deals with the forbidden relationship between some boys who are getting ready for confirmation ceremony and Priest Miran, who experiences the contempt of society.   

Starting from 11 am (room 3), Short Matters!, the screening of the short films receiving a nomination at the Best European Short Film Award 2017 by the European Film Academy, will continue. 

 

In room 4, starting from 6 pm, the screenings of FESTIVAL IN CORTO (FESTIVAL IN SHORT) will continue, including the screening of the short films of the PUGLIA SHOW section (both in competition and out of competition), EMIDIO GRECO AWARD and films shot by the students of the National Film School

 

The European Film Festival is conceived and organised by the Cultural Association “Art Promotion” and produced by Apulia Film Commission Foundation and by Puglia Region and funded by Patto per la Puglia programme (FSC, Fund for Regional Development and Cohesion).

It is also supported by the Municipality of Lecce and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism – Directorate General for Cinema.  

Under the high patronage of the European Parliament and with the patronage of S.N.G.C.I., S.N.C.C.I., FIPRESCI, Agiscuola, University of Salento, the European Film Festival collaborates with Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Experimental Film Centre), Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio (Italian National Short Film Centre), ARCI Lecce, and is a member of the Association of Italian Film Festivals. 

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