On April 2, 1990, one of the most charismatic exponents of Italian culture and cinema, Aldo Fabrizi, passed away in Rome. On the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of his death, the European Film Festival reaffirms the wish to pay tribute to this versatile artist and announces the restoration of “La famiglia Passaguai” (1951), directed by and starring Fabrizi himself.

The restoration of the film was made by Cineteca di Bologna and RTI – Mediaset at the L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory.

The film, now brought to new life, will premiere as part of the tribute the Festival will pay to Fabrizi, which will include a retrospective of his films, an exhibition on his cinematic art curated by his granddaughter Cielo Pessione, with photos, posters, playbills, film costumes, scripts, recipes, taken from the Archivio Fabrizi (Fabrizi Archive), the screening of the film “Fabrizi & Fellini: lo strano incontro” in the presence of director Luca Verdone, and a talk/panel discussion on the important role played by Fabrizi, moderated by film critic Enrico Magrelli and with the participation of several insiders.

<< We shall wait for better times to renew, 30 years since my grandfather’s death, our commitment to promote the memory and study of his long, brilliant and multifaceted career – said Fabrizi’s granddaughter Cielo Pessione – and this will also be possible thanks to the European Film Festival. An example of purely “artisan” authorship and acting art, he would have said, talking about the times we are living: ‘we should somewhat replace the logic of the mind, of opportunism and interest, with that of the heart, of poetry’ >>.


The 21st edition of the European Film Festival, due to the Covid-19 emergency and in compliance with the Ministerial and regional regulations for the safeguard of public health, will not take place in April but is postponed until a later date.


The European Film Festival, conceived and organized by the Cultural Association “Art Promotion”, is produced by the Apulia Film Commission Foundation and by Puglia Region with funds 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.

The European Film Festival, recognised as an “event of national interest” by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, is a member of the Association of Italian Film Festivals and can boast the Patronage of the European Parliament and the collaboration with the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Experimental Film Centre), Cineteca di Bologna, 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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