EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
8th – 13th April 2019
Multiplex Cinema Massimo | Lecce
Protagonist of the New Italian Comedy, will receive the Silver Olive Tree
attended by director Marios Piperides and actor Adam Bousdoukos
Cinema and Reality: NON PIÚ, NON ANCORA
Paola Minaccioni is the protagonist of the New Italian Comedy on the second day of the European Film Festival, directed by Alberto La Monica. Tomorrow, Tuesday 9th April at 5 pm, at the bookshop Liberrima all’Ombra del Barocco (free entrance), the actress will meet the audience, introduced by Enrico Magrelli, and will be awarded the Silver Olive Tree for Career Achievement for her contribution to the New Italian Comedy.
The spontaneous comedic verve of Paola Minaccioni made her an ideal exponent of the best Italian comedy tradition, from Vanzina to Verdone, and to Brizzi. Enrico Magrelli will retrace, together with her, the steps of her career including TV, theatre and cinema, and the many roles that have made her a familiar face for the Italian audience. Regularly present in Ozpetek’s films, she won the Italian Golden Globe for A Magnificent Haunting and the Silver Ribbon for Fasten your Seatbelts.
Also tomorrow, the section devoted to premieres and special events will be opened. At 8 pm (Room 2), director Marios Piperides and leading actor Adam Bousdoukos will introduce the Italian premiere screening of Smuggling Hendrix (Cyprus, Germany, 2018), winner of the Best Film award in the International “Narrative Competition” section of the Tribeca Film Festival. The film, distributed by Tucker Film and slated for release in Italian cinemas on 18th April, is set in Nicosia, Cyprus, the last world’s capital city to be divided into two different zones. According to the Law, no animal, plant or product can be transferred from the Greek side of Cyprus to the Turkish one, or the other way round. So, when the dog Jimi Hendrix accidentally crosses the UN Buffer Zone, his master, rocker Yiannis, who was about to leave the island to seek a fortune elsewhere, has to stay there, doing all he can to bring his dog back.
Tomorrow also marks the opening of the Cinema and Reality section, which aims to focus attention, through cinema, on significant social and cultural issues, providing an opportunity of reflection and better understanding of matters and events of our contemporary reality. At 6 pm (room 2), directors Mariagrazia Contini, Paolo Marzoni, Vito Palmieri will introduce the documentary Non più, non ancora (2018). Love, friendship, school, sensitiveness, a changing body, bullying, the internet, family, future: a look at pre-adolescence through the voices of 100 boys and girls, interviewed by Mariagrazia Contini (full professor of Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education of the University of Bologna). And also through the videos shot by the teens themselves without a crew, with just phones or small cameras.
As part of the tribute to Stefania Sandrelli, the Protagonist of Italian Cinema, the second day of the Festival will offer the screening of La bella di Lodi by Mario Missiroli (at 6 pm in room 1) and The Conformist by Bernardo Bertolucci (at 8 pm in room 1).
As part of the retrospective dedicated to Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov, Protagonist of European Cinema, the films screened will be Alexandra (10.30 pm, room 1) and Faust (8 pm, room 3).
For the fourth consecutive year, there will be a section devoted to European Comedy; the first film to be screened, at 6 pm (room 3), is What Have We Done to Deserve This? by Eva Spreitzhofer (Austria, 2018). It is the story of Wanda, an atheist feminist from Vienna who faces her worst nightmare when her teenage daughter decides to convert to Islam and wear a headscarf. Wanda’s world is turned upside down, but she finds a supporter: it’s Hanife – a mother of Nina’s friend Maryam – who together with her parents immigrated to Austria 35 years ago in order to be saved from the outdated image of women having to cover their hair…
Tomorrow, the first films in competition for the Golden Olive Tree “Cristina Soldano Award for Best Film” will also be screened:
At 6 pm, Journey to a mother’s room by Celia Rico Clavellino (Spain, 2018), is a film about the ties that tightly bind a mother and a daughter, so delicate they can easily tangle them. The two women will have to face a new time in their lives.
At 8 pm, Her job by Nikos Labôt (Greece, France, Serbia, 2018). Panayiota, a 37-year-old illiterate housewife, leads a quiet life with her husband and their children in a modest neighbourhood in Athens, Greece. To cope with the recession that has been affecting her family for some time, Panayiota finds a job for the first time in her life… The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Nikos Labôt.
At 10 pm, Jumpman by Ivan I. Tverdovskiy (Russia, Lithuania, Ireland, France, 2018), the story of Dennis, a boy who grew up in an orphanage. He is a special boy, who due to a rare illness is immune to pain, and this makes him popular among other boys. One day his mother turns up out of the blue and takes him to Moscow…
In room 4, starting from 6 pm, the first day of Short Matters!, the section screening the short films receiving a nomination at the Best European Short Film Award 2018 by the European Film Academy.
Also in room 4, starting from 8 pm, the opening 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.
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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