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).