20TH EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
Lecce, 8th – 13th April 2019 | Multiplex Cinema Massimo
WAITING FOR THE FESTIVAL | 6-7 APRIL
The Golem – How He Came Into This World
Tarantavirus Jazz Night
Nino Rota. Musica per il cinema
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the European Film Festival, three pre-opening events will take place: the first tomorrow, Saturday 6th April at 7 pm at the Cinelab Giuseppe Bertolucci of the Cineporto in Lecce, with the classic silent film The Golem – How He Came Into This World (Der Golem – Wie er in diese Welt kam) (1920, 76’) by Paul Wegener, in a restored version by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung and Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique (Cinematek). The digital restoration was done by the “L’ Immagine Ritrovata” lab in Bologna.
The screening of the film, which opened the last edition of the Venice International Film Festival, will be accompanied by the original music of composer Admir Shkurtaj, commissioned on an ad-hoc basis by the Biennale, performed live by Mesimèr Ensemble, made up by: Hersjana Matmuja (soprano), Giorgio Distante (trumpet in Bp, trumpet MIDI), Pino Basile (cupafon – a set of drums, percussion instruments and ocarina), Vanessa Sotgiù (synth, piano), Iacopo Conoci (cello), Admir Shkurtaj (conductor, electronic music, accordion, piano).
Later on, at 10 pm at Manifatture Knos, Maestro Cesare Dell’Anna will present his latest work “Tarantavirus Jazz Night” – in which electro music, the traditional music of Salento and jazz melt together.
Tarantavirus is the result of an ongoing music research, the expression of a change and renewal of Salento rituals and music tradition, in a unique and fascinating project, in which electro and traditional music combine with the sounds of jazz, a genre the maestro had never before explored. Tarantavirus, with three albums already under its belt (‘Techno-pizzica’ with George Lapassade and Piero Fumarola, 2002 – ‘Lu_ragno impoverito’, 2007 – ‘Lu_ragno arricchito’, 2009), is based on the combination between the typical sounds of the traditional music of Salento, with the rituals that embrace and at the same time spread this music, and the characteristic beat of electronic music, blended together into a special orchestration combining contemporary and metropolitan influences, folk music and urban sounds, creating a special mixture made of pure and visionary fineness. The album is the nineteenth production by independent record label “11-8 Records” and was released on 20th March, right on the spring equinox, when the day is as long as the night, just like the styles that melt together into the new work by trumpeter Cesare Dell’Anna, also founder of Opa Cupa and GirodiBanda. A show that sets music free by defying any genre label and bias through thirteen musical compositions searching for a special and visceral way of creating and experiencing music, of listening to, appreciating and loving its countless and unimaginable nuances. The artwork of the album was created by artist Fabrizio Fontana, the author of the wonderful work of art photographed by Giulio Rugge for the cover. The ensemble is made up by: Cesare Dell’Anna (trumpet), Roberto Ottaviano (sax), Irene Lungo (voice), Rachele Andrioli (voice), (accordion and synth), Stefano Valenzano (bass), Vince Abbracciante (hammond), Fabio Accardi (drums), Giuseppe Oliveto (trombone).
After the concert, the night will go on with the Dj set by Fabio Tosti, one of the most appreciated Italian DJs and Producers in the international house scene, working with some of the most important international record labels and with famous exponents of the house scene.
The third pre-opening event, taking place on Sunday 7th April at 8 pm at Teatro Apollo, is the concert “Nino Rota. Musica per il cinema” by OLES, the Symphonic Orchestra of Lecce and Salento. The European Film Festival and OLES work together to pay tribute to Nino Rota on the 40th anniversary of his death. Rota was one of the most significant music personalities of the 20th century, working mainly in Puglia as a composer, with a huge production of symphonic, opera and chamber music, but also as a teacher and director of the Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory in Bari for over thirty years. During the evening, there will be talks by Alberto La Monica – Director of the European Film Festival – Giandomenico Vaccari – President and artistic director of OLES – Maurilio Manca – Vicepresident and artistic coordinator of OLES. The concert by the Symphonic Orchestra of Lecce and Salento OLES, directed by Eliseo Castrignanò and introduced by orchestra conductor Nicola Scardicchio, a former pupil of Nino Rota, will feature, alternating music and short anecdotes, the film scores that made him famous all over the world. The arrangements for symphonic orchestra are created by Fabrizio Francia. The programme of the concert includes: Suite sinfonica from “I vitelloni”, Fantasia e canzone from “La dolce vita”, Suite from “The Godfather” trilogy, Valzer Verdi e Valzer del commiato from “Il Gattopardo”, Fantasia from “Amarcord”, Preludio, danza e canzone d’amore from “Romeo e Giulietta”, Preludio, canzone e fox-trot from “Le notti di Cabiria”. The concert is included in the “Musica e Cinema” project funded by Regione Puglia as part of the Extraordinary 2018 Programme in matter of Culture and Entertainment – Action 2
Admission is free to all the pre-opening events.
The European Film Festival is conceived and organised by the Cultural Association “Art Promotion” and produced by Apulia Film Commission Foundation and by Puglia Region and funded 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, Rai Cinema Channel, Augustus Color, Austrian Cultural Forum, Arci Lecce, Rotary Club Lecce, Liberrima, Manifatture Knos, Officine Cantelmo, MUST Lecce, Quarta Caffè, Apollonio, Stasi Azienda Agricola, Passo Uno, futuroRemoto Gioielli, S.T.P. di Terra d’Otranto, Concessionaria Autosat.
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