EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL

20th edition, Lecce 8th – 13th April 2019 | Multiplex Cinema Massimo

 

 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, will include 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.

 

The Lecce Festival has for some years endeavoured to reflect on European and Italian comedy together with artists, producers, screenwriters and journalists.

Past guests included Claudio Bisio, Francesco Bruni, Edoardo Leo, Riccardo Milani, Luca Miniero, Neri Parenti, Ilenia Pastorelli, Maria Sole Tognazzi, Carlo Verdone.

In the last four years, with a section devoted to European Comedy and three editions of the “États Généraux of Italian Comedy”, managed by Marco Giusti, stock was taken of the trends of the genre, the online evolution of comedy and the emergence of female authors and protagonists.

On its twentieth anniversary, the Festival taking place in Salento will broaden its horizons to embrace particularly representative exponents of this film genre. This year, Nino Frassica, Paola Minaccioni and Alessandro Siani will be guests in Lecce to 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).

Premiere of five feature films for the European Comedy section

Butterflies by Tolga Karaçelik (Turkey, 2018). Three siblings come back to their village after 30 years upon their father’s request. When they arrive to the village, they realize that their father is dead and in his will he asks to be buried when the butterflies come to the village to die. Three siblings who do not know each other will have to kill time in this village. As they start to find out more about their father and about each other, they also start to know more about themselves.

Happier times, Grump by Tiina Lymi (Finland, 2018) tells about the willpower of a grumpy old man who wants to die, because all the work is done, and the meaning of life is gone. But just as his own coffin is being finished, a new life appears to the Grump…  

Hopelessly devout by Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz (Spain, 2018). Carmen, a devout Catholic woman from Malaga, is about to be chosen leader of her local religious guild, but it all goes up in smoke when her biggest rival is chosen. Life, however, is always surprising, and what at first seems like a terrible predicament could turn into Carmen’s chance to fulfil her dream.

I feel good by Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern (France, 2018). Monique runs an Emmaus community near Pau, in the South of France. After being estranged for years, her no-good brother Jacques shows up with a single obsession: to find the idea that will make him rich. Rather than a family reunion, it’s two different worldviews clashing.  

What Have We Done to Deserve This? by Eva Spreitzhofer (Austria, 2018) is the story of Wanda, an atheist feminist from Vienna who faces her worst nightmare when her teenage daughter decides to convert to Islam and wear a headscarf. Wanda’s world is turned upside down, but she finds a supporter: it’s Hanife – a mother of Nina’s friend Maryam – who together with her parents immigrated to Austria 35 years ago in order to be saved from the outdated image of women having to cover their hair….   

 

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), 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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