Aleksandr Sokurov will be the “Protagonist of European Cinema” of today, Thursday 11th April, with two different events for the audience. At 11 am, in room 2 of the Multiplex Cinema Massimo, a masterclass will be held, during which Sokurov will discuss his professional journey. The masterclass is open to everyone and will provide students, filmmakers and enthusiasts with a unique and valuable opportunity to meet one of the most prestigious representatives of the international film scene. The event will be moderated by Massimo Causo and Aliona Schumakova.

A tribute to the Russian filmmaker by Massimo Causo, which will retrace the most significant moments in the career of the director – winner of numerous Awards at international Festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Moscow, Toronto, Venice – offering a retrospective of some of his most representative films, made from the late ’90s to the present day, including the whole tetralogy of powerTaurus,  MolochThe Sun and Faust (Golden Lion at Venice 68, in 2011). The retrospective will also include the Italian première screening of A Russian Youth by Alexandr Zolotukhin, a former pupil of Sokurov, who is the creative producer of the film, screened at the Forum of the past edition of the Berlinale.

On the evening, at 8.30 pm in room 2, the filmmaker will be awarded the Golden Olive Tree for Career Achievement, after a Q&A with the audience hosted by Marco Müller. This moment will be followed by the screening of Russian Ark, a film chosen by Sokurov himself and very important to him, which through a single amazing long take tells 300 years of Russian History crossing the halls of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.

At 5 pm, at Liberrima all’Ombra del BaroccoCarlo Verdone, during a meeting with the audience moderated by Enrico Magrelli, will present the book “Carlo Verdone” by Gian Luigi Rondi (published by Edizioni Sabinae), based on an unreleased interview to the actor made by Rondi one month before his death. Carlo Verdone’s career is retraced by the great Italian film critic in a book collecting his reviews and featuring an interview in which he provides readers with a both artistic and private portrayal of the actor and his “film making”. Admission is free.

At 11 am (room 4), as part of the Cinema and Reality section, the scheduled film is Tomi Janežič – La cura del teatro by Anna Maria Monteverdi (2018), a stage documentary that is a journey around the figure of Slovenian stage director Tomi Janezic, focusing on his presence in the town of Campi Salentina for the “Mundi, Crocevia dei Balcani” Festival, in Lubjana, in Krusce and at the Napoli Teatro Festival. Moments taken from the psychodrama workshops organized between Italy and Slovenia alternate with fragments of the multi-award winning show Il gabbiano, produced by the Novi Sad National Theatre (Serbia). Narrated in the first person by Anna Monteverdi, who followed the director for three years, the documentary was made in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts of Lecce. After the screening, a Q&A with the director will take place.

At 6 pm (room 2), Laura Lucchetti, director of Twin Flower (Italy, 2018), will introduce the national premiere screening of the feature film produced by Picture Show, together with producer Giuseppe Gallo and distributor Gianluca Pignataro, a project also made with the contribution of the Apulia Film Forum of Apulia Film Commission and distributed by Fandango. This work, set in a Southern Italy full of beauties but also hidden dangers, tells the story of two teens, Anna, whose father has been killed, and Basim, an immigrant orphan. They set off together for a new start, going through the mysterious landscapes of Sardinia, as if they were the protagonists of a dark fairy tale.

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