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“ASH IS THE PUREST WHITE” BY JIA ZANGKE

Article by: Elio Sacchi

Translation by: Giulia Maiorana

Thanks also to the well-established artistic partnership with Zhao Tao, fetish actress who appears in almost every Jia Zangke’s film, the director creates a fil rouge, which links all his works. These works narrate, through their characters’ stories, the author’s life and, at the same time, the history of China, which remains in the background. Ash is the Purest White keeps going on this path, offering the viewer a journey which goes from the beginning of the century to the present days, walking a thousand miles.

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“IL GIGANTE PIDOCCHIO” BY PAOLO SANTANGELO

Article by: Marco De Bartolomeo

Translation by: Emiliana Freiria

His name is Gaspare. He is a tall and big man with large shepherd arms and a nice expression. He started working with sheeps when he was 14 years old and he never stopped since then, neither on holidays. After all – to quote one of his favourite mottos – to live truly means doing, acting, constantly moving. The rest, to him, is only mere existence. Continua la lettura di “IL GIGANTE PIDOCCHIO” BY PAOLO SANTANGELO

“VARGUR/VULTURES” BY BÖRKUR SIGBÓRSSON

Article by: Stefano Tropiano

Translation by: Cecilia Facchin

The noir genre allowed us to go over the classic detection storytelling, reenacting complicated situations and characters who are torn apart by their interior conflicts, but who are also part of the traditional dichotomy between good and evil. Vargur by Börkur Sigbórsson, whose title for the international distribution is Vultures, efficaciously recalls these lessons, in a powerful and dark noir both in setting and essence.

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“PRETENDERS” BY JAMES FRANCO

Article by: Roberto Guida

Translation by: Letizia Bosello

Jeanne is looking for Paul”. It wasn’t unusual to find such ads on many American newspapers during the 80s: young and aspiring Maria Schneiders were looking for dashing and aspiring Marlon Brandos in order to recreate the erotic passion scenes in Bertolucci’s masterpiece. Terry and Phil, classmates in film school, will both go through that. They are desperate, looking for comfort for the loss of Catherine, the girl they both love: the three of them are hardened cinephiles, grown up during the time the U.S.A. discover their personal nouvelle vague, the New Hollywood. Passion will guide them throughout life without, however, making them truly happy.

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“PORTA CAPUANA” BY MARCELLO SANNINO

Article by: Fulvio Melito

Translation by: Melania Petricola

The door is a multi-symbolic element, a self-assured space between the inside and the outside, it is a limit, an obstacle or a symbol of welcome and transition, a symbol of change. Marcello Sannino, around 2010, decides to talk about Naples and he does it by putting at the centre of his project Porta Capuana; he does not know yet what will be the outcome of the film but what he has for sure is the idea to try to represent Naples and its several peculiarities. Faces, objects, social gatherings, music, screams and laughter; everything passes through that monument which has always been a symbol of transition towards the heart of the city.  Staying nearby you can admire the everyday life that changes but that at the same time, perpetuates the usual routine.

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“IN QUESTO MONDO” BY ANNA KAUBER

Article by: Marco De Bartolomeo

Translation by: Maria Elisa Catalano

A quiet clearing in the mountais, the tinkling of cowbells, a shepherd playing the violin near the flock. It might seem to be an idyll, a fiction, a delicate literary landscape like the one that we find in Virgilio’s Bucoliche, or from Tasso’s Aminta; but here, the mountains are in Veneto, the sheep are called by their names and the shepherd is actually a girl who has preferred pastoralism to the passion for music.

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“CASSANDRO, THE EXOTICO!” BY MARIE LOSIER

Article by: Beatrice Ceravolo

Translation by: Zoé Kerichard-Giorgi

The relationship between a documentarian and the subjects he films is fundamental for the success of a project: in the case of Marie Losier and Cassandro, personalities of the lucha libre and protagonists of this movie contending for the TFFDoc/International section, we witness a still strong friendship, born six years ago.  Continua la lettura di “CASSANDRO, THE EXOTICO!” BY MARIE LOSIER

“OIKTOS” BY BABIS MAKRIDIS

Article by: Cristian Viteritti

Translation by: Silvia Fontana

People respond in different ways to accidents, tragedies or griefs: those who directly experiences them are immerged in contrasting feelings of denial and anger, which gradually transform into acceptance. Whereas those who are not affected by pain try to support the former, showing compassion and trying to lighten the pain of those who suffer.

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“BAD POEMS” BY GÁBOR REISZ

Article by: Cristina Danini

Translation by: Alice Marchi

As Tamàs (Gábor Reisz) is left by Anna, he doesn’t seem able to accept it. He wanders around Paris and comes back to his hometown Budapest, but he doesn’t want to talk to anybody about it. Life around him goes on, people find jobs, have children and talk about politics, but no one seems to understand him, not for real. His pain is just his, and no one else’s. Tamàs feels trapped in a mute movie where everyone passes him by, as if Anna had taken his life and his happy memories away from him. Tamàs is lost and, maybe, he really did lost himself, like it always happens when the end of a love-story hits us unexpectedly. Continua la lettura di “BAD POEMS” BY GÁBOR REISZ

“HIGH LIFE” BY CLAIRE DENIS

Article by: Chiara Rosaia

Translation by: Luca Bassani

Deconstructing the concept of genre, emptying it of any previous framework, is Claire Denis’s well-established habit. This time, the French filmmaker decided to do so through science fiction, keeping in mind her usual trademark approach.

High Life tells the story of a group of convicts, lifers and death row inmates who choose to spend the rest of their lives in outer space: in exchange for a pardon, they need to take part in an overtly suicidal scientific experiment.

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“THE FIRST MOTION OF THE IMMOVABLE” BY SEBASTIANO D’AYALA VALVA

Article by: Gianluca Tana

Translation by: Daniele Gianolio

A deafening music that dazes the listener while at the same time brings him to a far and remote place, a man who claimed to be guided by the Daevas in the composition of his lyrics and who spent his entire life in a psychiatric hospital, heavily stigmatized by the music scene of his own time. In short, Giacinto Scelsi appears to be a character taken out from the pages of a story by H. P. Lovercraft. The documentary by Sebastiano d’Ayala Valva, a descendant of the composer, succeeds in overcoming this damnation memoriae by portraying a man aware of his own means, a precursor of his time who, as often happens to the great visionaries, is not acknowledged by his contemporaries and thus, disdained. Continua la lettura di “THE FIRST MOTION OF THE IMMOVABLE” BY SEBASTIANO D’AYALA VALVA

“DRIVE ME HOME” BY SIMONE CATANIA

Article by: Tommaso Dufour

Translation by: Gianmarco Caniglia

One man from Caserta and the other from Rome: a few months ago, they did not know each other, but they have more than a few things in common. Marco D’Amore and Vinicio Marchioni are two talented actors with a solid experience. They have common theatrical backgrounds and frequent movie appearances, in addition to being well established among the public of the TV series made by the same director, Stefano Sollima, who “launched” the former with Romanzo Criminale (2008-2010) and the latter with Gomorra (2014 – ongoing). Today they are in Turin to present the first work of a young director, Simone Catania, a producer of documentary films who committed the two actors to a road movie that is touring Italy and Europe. Continua la lettura di “DRIVE ME HOME” BY SIMONE CATANIA

“LA DISPARITION DES LUCIOLES” BY SÉBASTIEN PILOTE

Article by: Fulvio Melito

Translation by: Cinzia Angelini

Sébastien Pilote presents a film that moves between lights and shadows, and socio-economic issues. The key to interpret the film and its characters is to be found precisely in the title, La disparition des lucioles: as communicated by the radio announcer, it seems that the fireflies have become extinct for unclear reasons but, certainly, because of mankind. They are small lights in the dark which transform the disquieting into something romantic, just like the protagonist, who lives in a city afflicted by the lack of work and closed in a generational immobility.

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ITALIANA.CORTI – PROGRAMME 2

Article by: Alessia Durante

Translation by: Laura Facciolo

A red door. An elevator. We are inside. That’s how Anna Franceschini, the director of What Time Is Love, shows us into a weird and forsaken place. We are in Nuremberg, and it soon becomes clear that we are in a building where toys are tested with the purpose of getting the suitability for the European Community. The images follow each other as fixed shots: a dancing panda, a saxophonist reindeer, a plastic tractor, an elephant puppet. They are suffering many tortures, because even objects can be subjected to violence.  Continua la lettura di ITALIANA.CORTI – PROGRAMME 2

“NERVOUS TRANSLATION” BY SHIREEN SENO

Article by: Beatrice Ceravolo

Translation by: Priscilla Valente

Shireen Seno’s second feature-length film is not the common coming of age. The director claims that she had the idea for it in a dream, and the relationship between real and oneiric and between interior and exterior represents the focus of the film. The audience witnesses a fundamental moment in Yael’s life, a shy child who spends her days alone waiting for her mother to come back home or listening to messages on tapes sent by her absent father. The main character’s obsessions, confusion and solitude are reproduced with the awareness of someone who experienced them and did not forget them. Seno told in a Q&A that much of herself has been poured into the character of Yael, both into her personality and into her experience of familiar expatriation. The growing  experience of the character in such a delicate moment of her life may echo something into every one of us.

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“TEMPORADA” BY ANDRÉ NOVAIS OLIVEIRA

Article by: Fabrizio Spagna

Translation by: Emiliana Freiria

What clear shots this film has, and what natural colours, free from the aesthetical and lighting limitations that some works show. Temporada has a carioca soul, thanks to the vitality and the refinement that the viewer can feel and understand from the first images, while walking the boulevards on the hills of Contagem, a southern metropolis in Brasil, a huge and contradictory country.

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“DEN SKYLDIGE/THE GUILTY” BY GUSTAV MÖLLER

Article by: Annagiulia Zoccarato

Translated by: Cecilia Facchin

Over the past few years, we have been used to see high-quality films coming from Scandinavia, and in particular Denmark. This is also proved by the fact that films such as The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg and Land of Mine by Martin Zandvliet entered the top five Academy Awards nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. It is important to mention these films, because The Guilty (Den Skyldige in Danish), first work of young Danish director Gustav Möller, is both one of the nominees for the TFF36 contest and Denmark’s choice for the next Academy Awards.

It should be added, as pointed out by producer Lina Flint during the press conference, that “in Scandinavia there’s a generation of filmmakers who grew up with noir and wanted to offer something new to their audiences in order to promote this genre”. Möller belongs to this new wave of brilliantly written and staged noir, thanks to his brilliant and confident first work, that never ceases to impress.

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“ATLAS” BY DAVID NAWRATH

Article by: Tommaso Dufour

Translation by: Giulia Quercia

Family, interpersonal relationships, forgiveness and violence are just a few of the topics that we can find in David Nawrath’s first feature film. The German director, with the producer Britta Knoller, has presented his film at the TFF36 contest. Walter (Rainer Bock) is the protagonist’s name whom, employed by an entrepreneur colluded with mob, clearing evicted residents’ houses for a living; stoically resisting to trouble and being indifferent to the youngest colleagues’ brutality and aggressiveness, he lives alone, speaks as less as he can and sleeps on the floor of his apartment. Even if it seems like the external events don’t affect him directly, his life is going to change.

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“HOMO BOTANICUS” BY GUILLERMO QUINTERO

Article by: Andrea Bagnasco

Translation by: Cristiana Manni

The botanist Julio Betancur and his assistant Cristian Castro walk through the Colombian jungle collecting and cataloguing numerous plant species.

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“CHI-TOWN” BY NICK BUDABIN

Article by: Lorenzo Radin

Translation by: Letizia Bosello

It’s funny how our concept of “self-realisation” may change. Leaving the suburbs of Chicago, learning a new sport in the streets, becoming the Horizon League’s “player of the year” for two years in a row, being a step away from the NBA and being transferred to one of the major Italian professional teams means being successful. However, someone in the audience disagrees: if a basketball player doesn’t join the NBA, he is a loser.

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