After hosting Stefania Sandrelli, Paola Minaccioni, Luciana Castellina and Aleksandr Sokurov, the fifth day of the European Film Festival, directed by Alberto La Monica, will offer two more special events; the national premiere of the film Il Campione (01 Distribution) by Leonardo D’Agostini, who will be in Lecce together with Stefano Accorsi, and the meeting with Alessandro Siani, protagonist of the New Italian Comedy.

 

Today, Friday 12th April, at 8 pm (room 1), director Leonardo D’Agostini, together with Stefano AccorsiMatteo RovereSidney SibiliaNicola ClaudioPaolo Del Brocco, Luigi Lonigro, will introduce the national premiere of the feature film Il Campione, slated for release in the Italian cinemas next 18thApril. 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.

 

As part of the New Italian Comedy section, today will be the day of Alessandro Siani, the Neapolitan comedian who won over the audience playing characters such as the good guy dealing with the traps of love or the romantic hero. Today morning at 11 (room 1), his film The Unlikely Prince(Italy, 2012) will be screened. After the screening, Siani will meet the audience together with Valerio Caprara and will then receive the Silver Olive Tree for his contribution to the New Italian Comedy.

 

At 5 pm at Liberrima all’Ombra del Barocco, with free admission, Laura Delli Colli will present her book “Fulvio Lucisano. Sotto il segno del cinema” in the presence of Lucisano himself, a producer and distributor of films that made Italian cinema world-famous. During the awarding ceremony of Saturday 13th April, the Festival will pay tribute to Fulvio Lucisano by awarding him the Golden Olive Tree for Career Achievement for his contribution to Italian cinema

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