19TH EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
Lecce, 9 – 14 April 2018 | Multiplex Cinema Massimo
JASMINE TRINCA “PROTAGONIST OF ITALIAN CINEMA”
MARIO VERDONE AWARD WITH CARLO VERDONE
National premiere of Breaths by Alfredo Fiorillo
attended by the director together with Pino Calabrese and Eva Grimaldi
Closing day for the 19th edition of the European Film Festival, with Jasmine Trinca for the “Protagonists of Italian Cinema” section and Carlo Verdone, who will assign the Award dedicated to the memory of his father, now in its 9th edition.
The director of the Festival Alberto La Monica has announced the dates for the next edition, which will run from 8 to 13 April 2019.
Starting from 8 pm, on the stage of room 1, Jasmine Trinca will hold a Q&A with the audience hosted by Laura Delli Colli and will be awarded the Golden Olive Tree for Career Achievement. Immediately after, the closing and awarding ceremony of the Festival will be held.
The awarding of the prizes of the current edition will be followed by the screening of Lucky (Fortunata) by Sergio Castellitto, which earned Trinca the David di Donatello 2018.
Besides the filmmaker who will receive the Mario Verdone Award and the authors, producers, actors and authorities, also present on stage will be the jurors for this edition: Beki Probst, Eleni Androutsopoulou, Adriana Chiesa Di Palma, Antonella Gaeta, Dubravka Lakić for the “Cristina Soldano Award for Best Film” Golden Olive Tree; Marta Bałaga, Tim Lindemann, Ignazio Senatore for the Fipresci Award; Guillaume Calop, Françoise Lentz, Altijana Marić Đorđević for the Cineuropa Award; Laura Delli Colli for the SNGCI Award for Best European Actor; Paolo Spina, Lia Furxhi, Davide Barletti, the jury of the Puglia Show short film Competition, for the CNC Award, Augustus Color Award; Maria Federica Lo Jacono and Manuela Rima for the Puglia Show Rai Cinema Channel Prize; the Jury composed by the students of the University Film Club for the Unisalento Award; directors Roberto De Paolis, Simone Godano and Antonio Padovan, and Carlo, Luca Verdone for the Mario Verdone Award; Alessandro Greco for the Emidio Greco Award.
At 6 pm (room 2) there will be the national premiere of Breaths by Alfredo Fiorillo, telling the story of a 40-year-old engineer who, after a mysterious accident, retires to a little town on the Lake Iseo. Along with his little daughter, he lives in his family’s ancient Villa. There is also someone else living there, whose presence is only perceived through the echo of the life-support system keeping this mysterious person alive. After the screening, the director will meet the audience together with actors Pino Calabrese and Eva Grimaldi, the producer Angela Prudenzi, the distributor Lucy De Crescenzo.
Last event for the Tribute to 1968, the section curated by Luciana Castellina and Carlo Verdone: at 8.30 pm (room 5) there is on schedule the film by Bernardo Bertolucci The dreamers (UK-France-Italy, 2003).
The screenings of the Cinema and Reality section end tomorrow at 6.30 pm (room 3) with Road to Myself by Alessandro Piva, a travel documentary about some of the most picturesque cultural itineraries of Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise and Puglia offering the viewer the opportunity to rediscover the unique sights of these extraordinary routes.
In conclusion of the section devoted to the European Comedy, at 6 pm (room 5) there will be the screening of Les grands esprits (France, 2017) by Olivier Ayache-Vidal, a comedy narrating the story of François Foucault, an adjunct literature teacher at the prestigious Henri IV High School in Paris who, for political reasons, is transferred for a year to a school in the Paris banlieue. With his experience and preconceived ideas, he is sure that he will soon be able to get those boys and girls back on the right path and that his main purpose is to teach them a certain too-long-neglected strictness. After the screening the director will meet the audience.
The retrospectives dedicated to the protagonists of European and Italian cinema also continue; for the tribute to Jasmine Trinca The gunman (USA-Spain-Uk-France, 2015) by Pierre Morel; for Kim Rossi Stuart the film Heartless (Italy, 1995) by Umberto Marino and Piano, solo (Italy, 2007) by Riccardo Milani. For Michael Winterbottom the films on schedule are Jude (Uk, 1996) and Meredith: the face of an angel (Uk-Italy-Spain-USA, 2014), whereas for the Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi The mole (Hungary, 1987), followed by Tamas and Juli (Hungary-France, 1997).
Starting from 11 am, in room 3, last screenings for the Short Matters! section, the screening of the short films receiving a nomination at the Best European Short Film Award 2017 by the European Film Academy.
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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