EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
8th – 13th April 2019
Multiplex Cinema Massimo | Lecce
New Italian Comedy | Silver Olive Tree
10TH MARIO VERDONE AWARD
Carlo and Silvia Verdone protagonists in Lecce
Cinema and Reality
Selfie by Agostino Ferrente
Closing day of the 20th edition of the European Film Festival directed by Alberto La Monica, with Nino Frassica protagonist together with Carlo and Silvia Verdone, who will award the Prize dedicated to their father, this year on its 10th edition.
Frassica, who has been an icon of Italian comedy for over thirty years on TV, radio and cinema, loved by generations of Italians who knew him in Renzo Arbore’s shows and still follow him in his TV series, quoting his jokes and the figures he created with great inventiveness, at 5 pm tomorrow, Saturday 13th April, at Liberrima all’Ombra del Barocco, with free admission, will meet the audience together with Marco Giusti and then receive the Silver Olive Tree for his contribution to the New Italian Comedy.
The programme of the day starts at 6 pm (room 2), with the last Cinema and Reality screening, the premiere of the documentary Selfie by Agostino Ferrante. Traiano quarter, in the outskirts of Naples: the friendship between Alessandro and Pietro is scarred by the memory of the death of Davide, a friend of theirs killed following a chase. Agostino Ferrente gives the two boys an iPhone and encourages them to talk about themselves, their life, their dream of a better future, the memory of that tragic event. A film that was met with enthusiastic reception at the last edition of the Berlinale. After the screening, director Agostino Ferrente and producer Gianfilippo Pedote, will meet the audience with Luciana Castellina.
During the awarding ceremony (at 8 pm in room 1), the winners of this edition will take the stage together with the authorities and all those who have contributed to the making of this edition.
Also present on stage will be the juries of this edition: Marco Müller, Guillaume Calop, Pippo Mezzapesa, Ana Urushadze, Olena Yershova for the Golden Olive Tree “Cristina Soldano Award for Best Film”; Francesco Grieco, Anders E. Larsson and Georgios Papadimitriou for the Fipresci Award; Stefan Kitanov, Stefan Laudyn, Stefan Uhrik for the Cineuropa Award; Laura Delli Colli for the SNGCI Award for Best European Actor; Giovanni Robbiano, Alessia Barela, Corrado Azzolini, the jury of the Puglia Show Short Film Competition, for the CNC (National Short Film Centre) Award, Augustus Color Award; Maria Federica Lo Jacono and Manuela Rima for the Rai Cinema Channel Award for Puglia Show; the Jury composed by the students of the University Cineclub for the Unisalento Award; directors Ciro D’Emilio, Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo, Margherita Ferri, and Carlo, Silvia Verdone for the Mario Verdone Award; Alessandro Greco for the Emidio Greco Award.
As part of the tribute to Stefania Sandrelli, Protagonist of Italian Cinema, the last day of the Festival will offer the screening of I Knew Her Well by Antonio Pietrangeli (at 10 pm in room 2) and Evelina and her Sons by Livia Giampalmo (8.30 pm, room 3).
The tribute to the Protagonist of European Cinema Aleksandr Sokurov goes on with The Sun (Russia Italy Switzerland France, 2005) at 8 pm in room 2 and Taurus (Russia, 2001) at 6 pm in room 5.
The last screening within the European Comedy section is, at 6 pm, in room 3, the film Happier times by Tiina Lymi (Finland, 2018), which tells about the willpower of a grumpy old man who wants to die, because all the work is done, and the meaning of life is gone. But just as his own coffin is being finished, a new life appears to the Grump…
Like every year, the European Film Festival, in collaboration with Cineteca Nazionale, presents the restored version of a film; at 8 pm (room 5), the scheduled film is St. Michael Had a Rooster by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (1972).
In room 4, starting from 6 pm, the last screenings of 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.
Also in room 4, at 8 pm, SHORT MATTERS!, the section presenting 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.
Media partners: Cinecittà News, Cineuropa, FRED Film Radio, Rai Radio3.
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