In anticipation of the anniversary of Walter Chiari’s death, tomorrow, at 6 pm (room 2), the European Film Festival will celebrate the ingenious Italian actor with a special event by Tatti Sanguineti, Walter Chiari and Puglia. NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN FOOTAGE, ANECDOTES, STORIES AND SURPRISES, which shines a light on the Apulian origins of the comedy actor. Sanguineti, a renowned film critic and great long-time friend of the actor, tells stories, trivia and tidbits about his life, prepared just for the occasion. What emerges is a maybe lesser-known, but equally fascinating side of Chiari, who preferred life and TV to cinema, as well as his relationship with women, his excesses and the rivalry with his often jealous colleagues, which led to resounding judicial and political news. Walter Chiari was famous for his obsessive passion for improvisation, and he had a particular talent for amusing his partners who were frightened and fascinated by the stage, helping them to feel at ease. His life was a crossroads of adventures and encounters and provides a cross section of Italian history. So, Puglia and Walter Chiari, or rather Walter Annichiarico, an inseparable pair with a visceral, affectionate and ignored relationship. His father came from a family of sharecroppers from Grottaglie and was a security sergeant. His mother came from an upper class background and was a primary school teacher from Andria.
After Stefania Sandrelli and Paola Minaccioni, another woman will be the protagonist of the third day of the European Film Festival, directed by Alberto La Monica. Luciana Castellina, a writer, journalist and politician, will be awarded the Golden Olive Tree for Career Achievement for her contribution to European culture and cinema. In the afternoon, at 5 pm at Liberrima all’Ombra del Barocco, Castellina will present her book Amori comunisti (published by Edizioni Nottetempo), in which she reveals the “non public” lives of communists, the love stories that marked the lives of Nazim Hikmet and Münevver Andaç, Argyrò Polikronaki and Nikos Kokulis, Sylvia and Robert Thompson. The meeting will be hosted by Silvio Maselli. Admission is free.
During the evening, at 8 pm (room 1), there will be the special event screening of We’ll Rise at Dawn by Jean-Marie Benjamin, attended by the director and leading actors Andrea Solombrino, Mariano Barnabà, Karol Mazzei. 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. The presentation of the film will include talks from: Archbishop of Lecce Mons. Michele Seccia, Archbishop of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo Mons. Franco Moscone.