8th – 13th April 2019

Multiplex Cinema Massimo | Lecce 


Italian Premiere





New Italian Comedy | Silver Olive Tree


Cinema and Books

Laura Delli Colli to present Fulvio Lucisano, who will receive the Golden Olive Tree for Career Achievement


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.


Tomorrow, Friday 12th April, at 8 pm (room 1), director Leonardo D’Agostini, together with Stefano Accorsi, Matteo Rovere, Sidney Sibilia, Nicola Claudio, Paolo Del Brocco, Luigi Lonigro, will introduce the national premiere of the feature film Il Campione, slated for release in the Italian cinemas next 18th April. 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, tomorrow 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. Tomorrow 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.  


At 6 pm (room 2), for Cinema and Reality, the scheduled film is the documentary Be kind by Sabrina Paravicini and Nino Monteleone (2018): the story of Nino, a 12-year-old little boy who was diagnosed with a severe, though not serious, form of autism at two-and-a-half years old. After he stopped speaking and looking into his mother’s eyes, his growing inner isolation began to threaten, day after day, his interaction with others, with the world…

In room 3 at 10 pm, the screening of the films competing for the 10th Mario Verdone Award goes on with Boys Cry by Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo (Italy, 2018), who will hold a Q&A with the audience after the screening.


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), The other side of everything by Mila Turajlić.

As part of the tribute to Stefania Sandrelli, Protagonist of Italian Cinema, the Festival will offer the screening of Divorce Italian Style by Pietro Germi (at 8 pm in room 2) and The Key by Tinto Brass (at 10 pm in room 4).


The tribute to the Protagonist of European Cinema Aleksandr Sokurov also goes on with Moloch (Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, 2000) at 10 pm in room 2 and A Russian Youth by Alexandr Zolotukhin, creatively produced by Alexandr Sokùrov himself (Russia, 2019) at 6 pm in room 3.


The European Comedy returns at 8 pm, in room 3, with the film I feel good by Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern (France, 2018). Monique runs an Emmaus community near Pau, in the South of France. After being estranged for years, her no-good brother Jacques shows up with a single obsession: to find the idea that will make him rich. Rather than a family reunion, it’s two different worldviews clashing.


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, Cronofobia by Francesco Rizzi (Switzerland, 2018), starring Vinicio Marchioni, who will attend the  festival together with the director of the film. The story of Michael Suter, a mysterious and solitary man who, during the day,  travels through Switzerland, creating new identities and evaluating the quality of customer service in shops and hotel rooms, while at night secretly observes the life of a woman… After the screening, the director and the actor will meet the audience.

At 8 pm, Summer survivors by Marija Kavtaradze (Lithuania, 2018). Indre, an ambitious young research psychologist, has reluctantly agreed to transport two patients from one psychiatric unit to another in exchange for research privileges at her clinic. But she finds herself the leader of a rather rag-tag band on the long journey to the new seat… The film will be followed by a Q&A session with the director.

At 10 pm, The pig by Dragomir Sholev (Bulgaria, 2018). Pig is a quite overweight boy of 13, who suffers every day the bully of his classmates. One day he becomes a victim of another mockery attack by a new boy, Martin, and, in his attempt to get free from the scuffle, Pig instinctively fights back with just one, but probably lethal strike… The film will be followed by a Q&A session 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


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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