8th – 13th April 2019

Multiplex Cinema Massimo | Lecce



Protagonist of European Cinema

Masterclass | Retrospective | Golden Olive Tree for Career Achievement


Italian Premiere


attended by director Laura Lucchetti

Cinema and books

Carlo Verdone presents the book “Carlo Verdone” by Gian Luigi Rondi



Aleksandr Sokurov will be the “Protagonist of European Cinema” of tomorrow, Thursday 11th April, with two different events for the audience. At 11 am, in room 2 of the Multiplex Cinema Massimo, a masterclass will be held, during which Sokurov will discuss his professional journey. The masterclass is open to everyone and will provide students, filmmakers and enthusiasts with a unique and valuable opportunity to meet one of the most prestigious representatives of the international film scene. The event will be moderated by Massimo Causo and Aliona Schumakova.


A tribute to the Russian filmmaker by Massimo Causo, which will retrace the most significant moments in the career of the director – winner of numerous Awards at international Festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Moscow, Toronto, Venice – offering a retrospective of some of his most representative films, made from the late ’90s to the present day, including the whole tetralogy of power: Taurus,  Moloch, The Sun and Faust (Golden Lion at Venice 68, in 2011). The retrospective will also include the Italian première screening of A Russian Youth by Alexandr Zolotukhin, a former pupil of Sokurov, who is the creative producer of the film, screened at the Forum of the past edition of the Berlinale.

On the evening, at 8.30 pm in room 2, the filmmaker will be awarded the Golden Olive Tree for Career Achievement, after a Q&A with the audience hosted by Marco Müller. This moment will be followed by the screening of Russian Ark, a film chosen by Sokurov himself and very important to him, which through a single amazing long take tells 300 years of Russian History crossing the halls of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.


At 5 pm, at Liberrima all’Ombra del Barocco, Carlo Verdone, during a meeting with the audience moderated by Enrico Magrelli, will present the book “Carlo Verdone” by Gian Luigi Rondi (published by Edizioni Sabinae), based on an unreleased interview to the actor made by Rondi one month before his death. Carlo Verdone’s career is retraced by the great Italian film critic in a book collecting his reviews and featuring an interview in which he provides readers with a both artistic and private portrayal of the actor and his “film making”. Admission is free.


At 11 am (room 4), as part of the Cinema and Reality section, the scheduled film is Tomi Janežič – La cura del teatro by Anna Maria Monteverdi (2018), a stage documentary that is a journey around the figure of Slovenian stage director Tomi Janezic, focusing on his presence in the town of Campi Salentina for the “Mundi, Crocevia dei Balcani” Festival, in Lubjana, in Krusce and at the Napoli Teatro Festival. Moments taken from the psychodrama workshops organized between Italy and Slovenia alternate with fragments of the multi-award winning show Il gabbiano, produced by the Novi Sad National Theatre (Serbia). Narrated in the first person by Anna Monteverdi, who followed the director for three years, the documentary was made in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts of Lecce. After the screening, a Q&A with the director will take place.

At 6 pm (room 2), Laura Lucchetti, director of Twin Flower (Italy, 2018), will introduce the national premiere screening of the feature film produced by Picture Show, 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 and distributed by Fandango. 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.


The screening of the films competing for the 10th Mario Verdone Award also goes on, with Zen in the Ice Rift by Margherita Ferri (Italy, 2018), who will hold a Q&A with the audience soon after the screen.


The film scheduled for tomorrow as part of the Lux Prize section, whose purpose is to share the richness and diversity of European cinema with as many European citizens as possible, and to foster a debate on the issues dealt with in the films selected, is, at 6 pm (room 1), Styx (Germany Austria, 2018) by Wolfgang Fischer.

As part of the tribute to Stefania Sandrelli, Protagonist of Italian Cinema, the fourth day of the Festival will offer the screening of We All Loved Each Other So Much by Ettore Scola (10 pm, room 1) and I Can See It In Your Eyes by Valia Santella (8.30 pm, room 3).


At 6 pm in room 3, a new film for the European Comedy section will be screened, Butterflies by Tolga Karaçelik (Turkey, 2018), who will hold a Q&A with the audience after the screening. Three siblings come back to their village after 30 years upon their father’s request. When they arrive to the village, they realize that their father is dead and in his will he asks to be buried when the butterflies come to the village to die. Three siblings who do not know each other will have to kill time in this village. As they start to find out more about their father and about each other, they also start to know more about themselves.   


Starting from 6 pm (room 5), the screening of the films in competition for the Golden Olive Tree “Cristina Soldano Award for Best Film” goes on:

At 6 pm, Blind spot by Tuva Novotny (Norway, 2018) tells, through a single long take, about the struggle of a woman dealing with the teen problems of her daughter. But a much bigger tragedy is about to hit the entire family.   

At 8 pm, Genesis by Árpád Bogdán (Hungary, 2018), interweaves the story of a young Roma boy, whose childhood reaches a sudden and drastic end when he loses his family, to that of a young female lawyer, who undertakes the defence of a man facing trial for a series of racist murders. After the screening, the director will hold a Q&A with the audience.

At 10.30 pm, Stitches by Miroslav Terzić (Serbia, 2019), based on true events, takes place in contemporary Belgrade, 18 years after a young seamstress was informed of her newborn’s sudden death. She still believes the infant was stolen from her. The screening is followed by a Q&A with the director.


In room 4, starting from 6 pm and at 8 pm, new screenings for FESTIVAL IN CORTO (FESTIVAL IN SHORT), which includes the screening of the short films of the PUGLIA SHOW section (both in competition and out of competition), EMIDIO GRECO AWARD and the films made by the students of the Italian National Film School.


At 10 pm, also in room 4, the screenings of Short Matters! go on. This section presents the short films receiving a nomination at the Best European Short Film Award 2018 by the European Film Academy.


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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