Cinefesta Italia

Schedule

Oltre il Confine, La Storia di Ettore Castiglioni

(Beyond the Border, The Story of Ettore Castiglioni)

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Friday 20, April

11:30 AM

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Storyline

The story of mountaineer Ettore Castiglioni (1908-1944) lives through the words of his diary. From a young boy coming from a good family, restless and solitary, a lover of arts and music, to lieutenant and then partisan escorting refugees and Jews safely from Italy to the Swiss border. A journey suspended between past and present, through witnesses and documents that try to shine a light on the mountaineer’s death. His diary ends at March 1944. Castiglioni did not want to leave a trace of what happened. After entering Switzerland under false identity, he is arrested in Maloja (Grisons); his clothes and boots are confiscated and he is locked in a room at the hotel Longhin. During the night, he climbs out of the window and faces the Forno glacier wearing only a blanket. His frozen body was later found a few meters over the Italian border. What pushed him to try an impossible escape? And what was his mission in Switzerland? The deeper meaning of his gesture seems to call back to a romantic idea of mountaineering and the need for absolute freedom.

 

Details

66 min. – Documentary (2017)

Languages: Italian (English subtitles)

Sagre Balere

(Dance Hall Land)

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Friday 20, April

12:45 PM

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Omar was born in the suburbs of Milan and was destined to be an auto bodyworker, but, instead, he became a successful ballroom singer. He got inspired by listening to ballroom singers at Angelo Zibetti’s Studio Zeta, the biggest dance club in Italy at that time and, this way, he later started his own career. After about a decade working as a singer, he finally met Adele, the love of his life, who became his manager, turned him into a real icon for the fans of ballroom music. Thus he has become the man who could gather enormous crowds of audience at clubs, squares, and local festivals. The film tells the story of Omar and shows him, in his 20th year of career with his band, as we travel together with him in their long tour around many Northern regions of Italy. A life in and out of the spotlight, mirror of a marginal and somehow old fashioned Italy, that is probably destined to disappear for good.

 

Details

73 min. – Documentary (2017)

Languages: Italian (English subtitles)

Agadah

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Friday 20, April

2:30 PM

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Based on the novel “Manuscript found in Saragosse” of Jan Potocki.

 

Details

126 min. – Drama / Fantasy (2017)

DIRECTOR: Alberto Rondalli
SCREENWRITER: Alberto Rondalli
CAST: Nahuel Perez Biscayart | Alessio Boni | Valentina Cervi
Languages: Italian | French | Spanish (English subtitles)

Cinefesta Italia Reception

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Showtimes

Friday 20, April

5:00 PM

Details

Join us for hors d’oeuvres & wine, cash bar, speeches, welcome, etc

Il Ragazzo Invisibile: Seconda Generazione

(Invisible Boy – Second Generation)

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Friday 20, April

6:00 PM

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Heroes meets X-Men, Gabriele Salvatores style! A new era of Italian action / adventure. Two years after its debut, the Invisible Boy is back with the second chapter of the saga, once again directed by Oscar-winner Gabriele Salvatores. The young superhero Michele is now 16 and is facing all the troubles of his age. However, it is hard to return to all of the problems this age demands after having discovered you have super powers.

 

Details

100 min. – Action / Adventure / Comedy (2017)

Languages: Italian / Russian (English subtitles)

Bianco di Babbudoiu

(A Fistful of Grapes)

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Friday 20, April

8:15 PM

Sunday 22, May

6:00 PM

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After an EU grant to expand their family winery falls through, a group of sibling discover they have only fifteen days to pay back the money the bank loaned them against the expected funding. Desperate to save the business and prevent their wives and girlfriends from finding out, they embark on a series of reckless hijinks to beg, borrow, steal and extort what it takes to pay the loan back.

 

Details

93 min. – Comedy (2016)

Languages: Italian (English subtitles)

Film Festival Industry Panel

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Saturday 21, April

11:30 AM

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PART I: (20mins)

The Format Dilemma:

With the emergence of so many media platforms, how do emerging filmmakers identify a target format? In an evolving marketplace, with more platforms and formats than ever before in the history of entertainment, ranging from sVOD, Network, Cable, Feature, Shorts, Serialized Short-Form, 10×10, 3×25, Vertical Handheld, and so on; how do filmmakers gage which studios, platforms, and formats to target for their projects?

PART II: (20mins)

How Dark Do They Want Us?

sVOD seems to be inundated with a wave of very dark themes. With super-hit TV shows like Stranger Things, Man In High Castle, Mr. Robot, Altered Carbon, Westworld, Game of Thrones and so on; it seems that the media zeitgeist is getting darker and darker. However, with a new wave of #social movements sweeping across America today, from #MeToo, #TimesUp, #BlackLivesMatter, #Enough, #MarchForOurLives, it appears that there might be a disconnect between the media studios are offering and audiences are craving. How will these movements affect the stories that filmmakers want to tell and audiences want to see?

PART III (10mins)

Panelists’ CineRant: (10mins) 1 minute to each panelist to CineRant on a subject of their choosing that relates to film & media

PART IV (10mins)

Q&A

Tutto Quello che Vuoi

(Friends by Chance)

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Saturday 21, April

12:30 PM

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Alessandro (Andrea Carpenzano) is a tempestuous young slacker and a source of endless frustration to his father. Giorgio (Giuliano Montaldo) is a former poet in the early stages of Alzheimer syndrome. The two live within a stone’s throw of one another, but their paths have never crossed … until Alessandro is forced to accompany the old man on his afternoon walks. Bruni received a Nastri d’Argento Award for Best Screenplay for this heartwarming dramedy.

 

Details

106 min. – Comedy / Drama (2017)

Languages: Italian / French / Spanish (English subtitles)

Camminando sull’Acqua

(Walking on Water)

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Saturday 21, April

2:45 PM

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The flood of 1966 in Florence through the eyes, the camera and the creativity of Beppe Fantacci, who helped the famous artisans of Florence to survive the devastation of the city. A forgotten story of desperation, creativity and recovery, the film features unreleased, amazing 16mm color footage, and exclusive memories of the flood by families such as Bargellini, Ferragamo, Pucci, Tayar, and by gifted artisans who survived nowadays thanks to men like Beppe Fantacci.

 

Details

50 Min – Documentary – Q&A w/ filmmaker follows screening (2016)

Languages: Italian (English subtitles)

Gatta Cenerentola

(Cinderella the Cat)

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Saturday 21, April

4:30 PM

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The classic fairytale gets an unexpectedly dark and hip update in this strikingly animated tale from the Italian directorial foursome Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Dario Sansone and Alessandro Rak (all newcomers except for Rak, who earlier directed European Film Award winner The Art of Happiness). Set almost entirely aboard a retro-futuristic ship in the harbor of Naples, the story re-imagines Cinderella as a 17-year-old, vaguely emo-punk chick who’s about to be married off to a megalomaniac drug dealer who wants to turn Naples into the crime capital of the world. Of course, there’s an evil stepmother who’s raising her own children as — what else? — cabaret dancers, and also a heroic policeman who might be able to give this crazy, music-filled and intentionally somewhat chaotic ride a happy ending.

 

Details

86 min. – Animation / Crime / Thriller (2017)

Languages: Italian (English subtitles)

Ammore e Malavita

(Love and Bullets)

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Saturday 21, April

6:30 PM

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This music-filled romp earned a Golden Lion nomination at the Venice Film Festival. Ciro (Giampaolo Morelli) is among the most feared men in Naples, one of two killers at the service of crime boss Don Vincenzo (Carlo Buccirosso), “the King of Fish.” One night a young nurse, Fatima (Serena Rossi), finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time and sees too much; Ciro is given the job of getting rid of her. But when the two end up face to face, they recognize each other as childhood sweethearts. Set in the beautiful Bay of Naples, the movie is a musical, an action thriller but also a romantic comedy with scores from Neapolitans songs to rap.

 

Details

133 min. – Comedy / Crime / Musical (2017)

Languages: Italian (English subtitles)

Dammi una Mano

(Lend a Hand)

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Saturday 21, April

9:15 PM

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Caterina is a young and well-known psychologist, her life is perfect: Love, job, family, friends are all that she wishes. But one day something happens which threatens her happy but a little bit unconscious existence. Her father dies, leaving her full of debts owing to her sister Viola who has gone through the family property; a provincial scandal disgraces her reputation and she loses her job, her husband leaves her. For the first time Caterina must start all over again and begin a new life. A deeply different life from the one she has always defended and loved. After a rocambolesque cheerful series of events she will discover that her deepest strength is this one: never to stop, always being in motion, lifting her head up once more, trusting and leaning on those people, (such as her friends Ludovica and Sara and her fragile sister Viola), who she had always thought she was to help.

 

Details

86 min. – Comedy / Drama (2016)

Languages: Italian (English subtitles)

Shorts Program

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Showtimes

Sunday 22, April

12:15 PM

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Q&A w/ filmmaker follows screening

The Place

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Sunday 22, April

2:30 PM

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A mysterious man sits every day at the same table of the same restaurant, accepting to grant his visitors’ biggest wishes and assigning them peculiar tasks to accomplish in return. What will they be ready to do to get what they want?

 

Details

105 min. – Comedy / Drama (2017)

Languages: Italian (English subtitles)