Tuesday 9th April There will be the Italian premiere screening of Smuggling Hendrix by Marios Piperides, winner of the Best Film award in the International “Narrative Competition” section of the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is set in Nicosia, Cyprus, the last world’s capital city to be divided into two different zones. According to the Law, no animal, plant or product can be transferred from the Greek side of Cyprus to the Turkish one, and the other way round. So, when the dog Jimi Hendrix accidentally crosses the UN Buffer Zone, his master, rocker Yiannis, who was about to leave the island to seek a fortune elsewhere, has to stay there, doing all he can to bring his dog back.
Wednesday 10th April The screening of We’ll Rise at Dawn by Jean-Marie Benjamin, attended by the director and leading actor Andrea Solombrino. The story of two boys, 12-year-old Luca and 13-year-old Sebastiano, who decide to make a research on Padre Pio by gathering the testimonies and the stories of those who knew him. They go along the Gargano streets on their bicycles, looking for authentic testimonies in order to write a book on the Friar from Pietrelcina. Their research – that also becomes an encounter between the new generations and the faith and charisma of the Capuchin friar- interweaves with the family matters of the two boys. Luca’s family, also made up by his little sister Miranda, is solid and united, whereas Sebastiano has an ill mother and an alcoholic father.
Thursday 11th April Director Laura Luchetti will introduce the premiere screening of the feature film produced by Fandango Twin Flower (Italy, 2018), 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. 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.
Friday 12th April Stefano Accorsi and director Leonardo D’Agostini will introduce the premiere screening of the film The Champion (Italy, 2019). Very young, extremely talented, undisciplined, rich and spoiled, Christian Ferro is a brilliant and unregulated soccer star, the new idol who attracts the attention of the supporters of a whole town and of the Serie A Championship. Valerio Fioretti, a shy and lonely man dealing with economic problems and a shadow from the past looming over the present, is the teacher chosen by the President of the soccer club when – after yet another stunt of the young goal scorer – he decides it’s time for someone to give Christian a little discipline. They clash with each other at first, but soon develop a deep relationship that will help both of them grow and change.