Programme 12 NOVEMBER
PROGRAMME OF FRIDAY 12TH NOVEMBER
Premiere of the restored version of “The Passaguai Family” by Aldo Fabrizi
Cinema & Reality “A Sud della musica – La voce libera di Giovanna Marini”
by Giandomenico Curi
Premiere – “Nicola – Cozze, kebab e Coca Cola”
by Antonio Palumbo
Lux Prize – “Corpus Christi” by Jan Comasa
Golden Olive Tree Competition
Tribute to István Szabó
Tribute to Giovanna Ralli
Seventh day of the 22nd edition of the European Film Festival directed by Alberto La Monica, with the screening of the restored version of The Passaguai Family by Aldo Fabrizi (1951, 97’), brought back to light thanks to the restoration operation carried out by Cineteca di Bologna and RTI – Mediaset at the L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. Screening in room 2, at 8.00 pm. A Q&A with Giovanna Ralli will follow.
For the Cinema & Reality section, A Sud della musica – La voce libera di Giovanna Marini by Giandomenico Curi with the collaboration of Tommaso Faggiano, Fabrizio Lecce, Susanna Cerboni (2019, 82’). The film recounts the journey of the composer, researcher, performer and scholar into Salento and its folk music, considered by many to be second rate and instead representing the soul of a part of Italy that is increasingly disconnected and struggling to recognise itself. Archive images from the AAMOD (Audiovisual Archive of the Labour and Democratic Movement) and the stories of Giovanna Marini’s countless travels, amidst songs of struggle and labour, accompany the historical and political events of 20th-century Italy, amidst emigration and inequalities; in the background, the deafening and solitary voice of Pier Paolo Pasolini just a few days before his brutal murder. Screening in room 1, at 9.30 pm. At the end, Giovanna Marini and the director Giandomenico Curi will hold a Q&A with Luciana Castellina.
National premiere of Nicola – Cozze, kebab e Coca Cola (2020, 84’) in the presence of the director Antonio Palumbo. The protagonist, a filmmaker with a lack of new ideas, has a vision of the patron saint of the city, San Nicola, that asks him to make a movie about his real story. So, in the footsteps of the myth, he crosses all the nations where the saint is revered. A trip between a melting-pot of cultures and folklore, with their contradictions, which give life to a sacred character who represents at the same time a consumerist model. Screening in room 2, at 5.00 pm. A Q&A with the director will follow.
For the Lux Prize, Corpus Christi (Boze Cialo, Poland, France 2019, 116’) by Jan Komasa. It’s the story of 20-year-old Daniel, who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a youth detention centre. He wants to become a priest but this is impossible because of his criminal record. His arrival in a small town is an opportunity for the local community to begin the healing process after a tragedy that happened there. Screening in room 3 at 9.00 pm.
As part of the European Comedy section, The Marriage Escape by Johan Nijenhuis (De Beentjes Van Sint-Hildegard, Holland, Germany 2020, 103’). Jan has been married to Gedda for 35 years. Gedda loves Jan so much that she smothers him. In an attempt to get some space Jan concocts a strange plan that literally transforms his marriage into a locked ward… Screening in room 1, at 7.15 pm. A Q&A with the director will follow.
The tribute to István Szabó, Protagonist of European Cinema, goes on with the screening, in room 1, at 5.00 pm, of Hanussen (1988, 112’). Towards the end of the First World War, Austrian sergeant Schneider discovers that he is able to provoke hypnosis. Captain Nowotny, a former director of variety, wants to take advantage of his ability in show programs and he takes him to Vienna. Schneider here achieves ever greater success. He goes to Berlin and becomes the Prophet there.
In room 5, at 7.15 pm, Sweet Emma, Dear Böbe (1991, 78’), winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1992. Two Russian teachers work in a primary school in Budapest. But after the fall of the Communist regime, the Russian language is no longer a compulsory subject in schools, and so, in order to go on teaching, Emma and Bobe have to attend an evening course of English. The story tells us about the two girls’ struggle for survival and for retaining their social position. Screening in room 5, at 7.15 pm.
The Golden Olive Tree Competition goes on with Fox in a Hole by Arman T. Riahi (Austria 2020, 103’) in room 5, at 5.00 pm. The film, inspired by a true story, talks about 40-year-old Hannes Fuchs, an ambitious middle-school teacher dealing with a new teaching job in a prison school. There he will rediscover his own buried creativity and lust for life, reminding him why he became a teacher in the first place. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
At 9.00 pm, Otto the Barbarian by Ruxandra Ghi?escu (Romania, Belgium 2020, 110’). Otto, a 17-year-old punk, becomes involved in the social services investigation of the death of his girlfriend, who is still part of his life through the video recordings that the boy edits constantly, trying to make sense of the events. Throughout this process, Otto must take his part of responsibility for what happened. A Q&A with the director will follow.
In room 4, at 7.00 pm, the screenings of Festival in Corto (Festival in Short) go on.