EUROPEAN COMEDY AND THE NEW ITALIAN COMEDY
PREMIERE OF FIVE EUROPEAN FEATURE FILMS
SILVER OLIVE TREE AWARD TO
NINO FRASSICA, PAOLA MINACCIONI, ALESSANDRO SIANI
The European Film Festival, directed by Alberto La Monica and taking place in Lecce from 8th to 13th April at the Multiplex Cinema Massimo, has for some years endeavoured to reflect on European and Italian comedy together with artists, producers, screenwriters and journalists.
An out-of-competition section devoted to European Comedy and the New Italian Comedy, with the premiere of five European feature films and a series of screenings and meetings with the three Italian guests of this edition: Nino Frassica, Paola Minaccioni, Alessandro Siani, who will receive the Silver Olive Tree Award for their contribution to the New Italian Comedy.
The three artists will meet groups of students in the morning and the Lecce audience in evening meetings moderated by Valerio Caprara, Marco Giusti, Enrico Magrelli.
The day of Tuesday 9th April will be dedicated to Paola Minaccioni with the screening of Fasten Your Seatbelts by Ferzan Ozpetek (Italy, 2014); on Friday 12th April the Festival will host Alessandro Siani, with the screening of The Unlikely Prince by Alessandro Siani (Italy, 2013); on Saturday 13th April Nino Frassica, with the screening of Il Bi e il Ba by Maurizio Nichetti (Italy, 1986).
The five films in Italian premiere for the European Comedy section are: Butterflies by Tolga Karaçelik (Turkey, 2018), Happier times, Grump by Tiina Lymi (Finland, 2018), Hopelessly devout by Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz (Spain, 2018), I feel good by Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern (France, 2018), What Have We Done to Deserve This? by Eva Spreitzhofer (Austria, 2018).