TRIESTE FILM FESTIVAL – 25th edition 17-22 January 2014 Press Release The Trieste Film Festival, Italy’s foremost event dedicated to the cinema of Central and Eastern Europe, has reached an important goal - its first quarter century. The event, directed by Annamaria Percavassi and Fabrizio Grosoli, will again be hosted at the Teatro Miela and the Sala Tripcovich, where films will be shown. The programme, as usual, will consist of the traditional international competitions (features, shorts and documentaries), special events, tributes and meetings (the latter - for audiences and critics alike - will be hosted at the Caffè San Marco). The Festival will open on the 17th January at the Sala Tripcovich with the Italian première of EPIZODA U ŽIVOTU BERAČA ŽELJEZA (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker) the latest film by Danis Tanović (Academy Award winner in 2001 with No Man’s Land). This is a Bosnian, French and Slovene co-production, and with the participation of Rai Cinema. The film is set in Bosnia-Herzegovina and centres on the story of a Roma family living in Poljice - a very rural area. The father, Nazif, collects scrap metal from old cars and sells it to a junkyard; the mother, Senada, keeps the home tidy, cooks and looks after their two small daughters. They are expecting a third child. When she falls ill, Nazif takes a car and drives her to the nearest clinic. Senada has had a miscarriage and is in danger of getting septicaemia if she is not operated on immediately, but she has no health insurance…. Epizoda u životu berača željeza was in competition at last year’s Berlin Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize and Best Actor. “The film is the reconstruction of real events and the intention was to show what discrimination minorities are subjected to in Bosnia-Herzegovina, especially the Roma…. All the scenes were described to me by Nazif and we shot them the way he remembered them. There is no script. Almost all the people in the film are those who actually experienced the events .” (D. Tanović) The three international competitions remain the core of the programme. They are an annual opportunity to present the best films produced in the Festival’s area of choice. This year, prizes for Best Feature, Best Short and Best Documentary will be awarded, as is customary, by the audience. In the INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM COMPETITION (comprising all Italian premières) among the films that stand out is CÂND SE LASĂ SEARA PESTE BUCURESTI SAU METABOLISM (When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism) by Romanian Corneliu Porumboiu, which was in competition at last year’s Locarno Film Festival. This is a behind-the-scenes look at film-making. Porumboiu said he was inspired by the story of a friend who invested all his savings to make a film, only to stop halfway through production. Another film worthy of mention is Hungarian LE GRAND CAHIER – A NAGY FÜZET (The Notebook) by János Szász. This “war movie without the war” was awarded Best Feature at the latest Karlovy Vary Film Festival and is taken from the novel by Ágota Kristóf which is part of the Trilogy of the City of K. STYD
(Shame), directed by Russian Yusup Razykov, is set among the fjords of the Kola Peninsula, where the families of a U-boat crew and the border guards live in a small settlement and where a young woman arrives, newly-married to one of the U-boat crew. Finally, PŁYNĄCE WIEŻOWCE (Floating Skyscrapers) by Tomasz Wasilewski, who was in competition last year in Trieste with his first feature W Sypialni, is a gay love story (Best Film at the “East of the West” section at the latest Karlovy Vary Film Festival). According to Wasilewski, this is unusual subject matter for a Polish film, traditionally “reluctant to address difficult contemporary stories and the topic of same sex love”. The INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION presents 11 Italian premières, from countries traditionally associated with the Festival. Among these we would like to mention ČETRDESMIT DIVI (Forty Two) by Latvian Laila Pakalniņa, in which the director feels like “a spy sent to run a marathon”. JUDGEMENT IN HUNGARY by Hungarian Eszter Hajdú, born in 1979, is a blood-chilling story of the trial of 4 right-wing extremists who, between 2008 and 2009, carried out a series of attacks on a Roma community (6 people were killed, including a 5-year-old boy). MAMA EUROPA (Mother Europe) by Slovene Petra Seliškar looks at Europe through the eyes of Terra, a 6-year-old girl born in the Balkans but raised as a citizen of the world by her half-Cuban, half-Macedonian father, and her Slovene mother. There is also an Italian film in competition, THE SPECIAL NEED by Carlo Zoratti (born in Udine in 1982). This is the story of Enea, an autistic young man who wants to be able to have sex like everybody else. Since the Italian system would not facilitate this, he embarks on a journey throughout Europe with his friends Carlo and Alex to find a solution. The Special Need, which will be shown in Italian cinemas from 2 nd April, distributed by Tucker Film, has won the Golden Dove at the Leipzig Festival. In SZERELEM PATAK (Stream of Love) by Ágnes Sós, the inhabitants of a Transylvanian village discuss love and desire, even in old age, and in a very natural way reveal their most intimate thoughts and dreams to the camera. SZTUKA ZNIKANIA (The Art of Disappearing) by Bartek Konopka (who gained an Oscar nomination for his Rabbit à la Berlin) and Piotr Rosołowski recount the unknown story of the visit of Amon Frémon - a Haitian voodoo priest - to Poland, when he was invited there by Jerzy Grotowski. At the end Amon decided to hold a huge voodoo ceremony to free the Polish people from the forces of evil. The documentary out of competition, PAROLE POVERE (Simple Terms), by Francesca Archibugi (Tucker distribution), is about the Friulian poet Pierluigi Cappello, considered to be one of Italy's major poets. The documentary is the collision between the eyes of a director and the words of a poet - she offers her gaze, he his identity. This is how Archibugi describes her meeting with Cappello: "I need to have a contemporary poetry book on my bedside table - it is the strongest antidote to anxiety and boredom. I approached Pierluigi when he became my bedside table companion. We did not know each other, yet we were already intimate..." Among the 16 SHORTS competing for the TFF Short Prize are: from Italy, ANNA, directed by Diego Scano and Luca Zambolin, with Lucia Mascino as the lead character; FLORA I FAUNA (Flora and Fauna) from Poland by director Piotr Litwin (which includes as producers Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, directors of SALVO); and, for the first time, two animations - ALERIK by Vuk Mitevski from Macedonia, and BOLES by Špela Čadež from Slovenia. There will also be a selection of 15 animation shorts not in competition from Central and Eastern European countries. Among those worth mentioning are RABBITLAND by Serbian Ana Nedeljković and Nikola Majdak jr.; O ŠUNCE (Ham Story) from the Czech Republic, by Eliška Chytková (seen at Cannes Cinéfondation); and the two Italian shorts BRUNO LIBERO (Free Bruno) by Daniel Maculan and Damiano Zanchetta, and CANTARELLA by Diego Dada. The very popular GENRE SURPRISES section returns this year by broadening the Festival's scope to include more "popular" trends within Central and Eastern European cinema, by showing films that have been hits at the box office in their countries of origin: BANKLADY by the German director Christian Alvart, the true story of Gisela Werler who in 1966 became the first female bank robber in Germany; and SVEĆENIKOVA DJECA (The Priest's Children) by Vinko Brešan, the biggest box office success in the history of Croatian cinema - the story of a young priest who decides to secretly prick all the condom packets on sale on his Dalmatian island in the hope of boosting its birth rate. Among this year's tributes, the one dedicated to SERGEJ PARADJANOV stands out. As Annamaria Percavassi put it: "Maybe a festival should focus more regularly and more often on personalities of true genius, showing their works, even in small doses, to highlight their artistic and creative freedom, their instinctive refusal of accepted wisdom and codified rules. This would make the new generations of directors more aware of their output, and sometimes even of the very existence of such important past masters.” One such personality is Paradjanov, a painter and film-maker, visual artist, rebel spirit, born in Georgia in 1924. His output is relatively small but compelling; he lived in poverty and was persecuted by the regime. The Trieste Film Festival dedicated a first tribute to him in 1996, as part of a retrospective on Ukrainian cinema. Two anniversaries take place this year – the 90th of his birth and 40th of his first conviction to hard labour for
“trafficking works of art and homosexuality”). To mark these occasions Armenian director Serge Avedikian and Ukrainian director Olena Fetisova have made the biopic PARADJANOV, which will be shown in Trieste together with SAYAT NOVA (The Color of Pomegranates) – a film which was slaughtered by the censors at the time and was never released in its original version in the Soviet Union. In this film the director declares his love for Armenian art and literature, transforming the narration of the biography of Armenia’s greatest poet - Aruthin Sayadin - in a succession of single shots of great formal impact. This tribute is capped by the documentary by Levon Grigorjan VOSPOMINANIJA O “SAYAT NOVE” (Memories About “Sayat Nova”) which shows half an hour of never previously released images from the film, which were found in an archive and had been deemed lost. The ITALIAN SCREENINGS section is back, after making its first appearance last year. This aims to strengthen the links between the Festival and “When East Meets West”. WEMW is again taking place at the very same time as the Trieste Film Festival (from 20th to 22nd January at the Hotel Savoia) and offers industry insiders a selection of films including quality independent yet-to-be-screened productions for potential international distribution. A wide range of genres and formats will be shown at the Teatro Miela, including: LA MIA CLASSE (My Class) by Daniele Gaglianone with Valerio Mastandrea; PICCOLA PATRIA (Small Homeland) by Alessandro Rossetto, set in the North-East of Italy; IL TRENO VA A MOSCA (The Train to Moscow) by Federico Ferrone and Michele Manzolini, about the end of a world and the end of a dream, seen through the eyes and the 8mm films of Communist barber Sauro Ravaglia; and INDEBITO (Undue Debt), a documentary written by Vinicio Capossela and Andrea Segre as they “travel in the place that symbolises our current crisis - Greece”. Among the novelties of this year’s Festival is a new section entitled TRIESTE FF ARTHOUSE, realized in collaboration with Sky Arte. This will present three films, all showing at the Teatro Miela. “We have created a kind of small ‘showcase’ where art and cinema intertwine, creating new forms of artistic expression or underlining the greatness of major artists of our time, but also their humanity” says Nicoletta Romeo, who is in charge of the Festival’s programme. PROJECT: RAK (Project Cancer) centres on the figure of Ulay (alias Frank Uwe Laysiepen) - a body art, performance art and Polaroid art pioneer. Born in Germany in 1943, he was the long-time partner of Marina Abramović. They met in 1976 and became the best-known couple of “performers and lovers” in the history of contemporary art. Ulay, who will attend the Festival, has been living Ljubljana since 2009, after being diagnosed with cancer, which changed everything for him. This is when Damjan Kozole (Slovenka) started to work on a film about him. The camera followed him for a whole year, until November 2012. Ulay considers his illness as his biggest and most important project, hence the film’s title. MELTING STREET, by Croatian director Ivana Hrelja (born in Pula in 1978) is based on the performance of artist Elisa Vladilo from Trieste. On 5th May, Vladilo created an urban installation in a central street in Pula and many volunteers took part in the event. This short documentary recorded what happened on the day. SHIRLEY - VISIONS OF REALITY was inspired by the work of painter Edward Hopper. Made by Austrian director Gustav Deutsch to a David Sylvian and Christian Fennesz’ score, the film combines a series of stills from the life of an imaginary actress named Shirley with 13 paintings by Edward Hopper, fusing painting and cinema, and political and personal stories. Each stage in Shirley’s professional and private life, from the '30s to the '60s, has a precise date: it is always the 28th and 29th August of that year, while the places vary from Paris to New York and Cape Cod. SOMETHING (NEW) IN THE AIR: AN OUTSTANDING SEASON OF FILMS MADE IN THE REGION FVG IN 2013 A round table on the cinema "made in FVG" will take place on Sunday 19th January at the Teatro Miela. We would like to take stock of an extraordinary year – 2013 – in which both fiction and documentary productions by local film-makers have accomplished excellent results, both with audiences and the critics. One especially notable achievement is the film sensation ZORAN IL MIO NIPOTE SCEMO (Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot) by Matteo Oleotto from Gorizia, whose success started at the Venice Film Festival winning the Audience Prize for the “International Film Critics' Week”, then toured successfully the international festival circuit winning praise (and more prizes), and was finally show in Italian cinemas with excellent results. Moreover, we mustn’t forget TIR by Alberto Fasulo (winner of the Marc'Aurelio d'Oro Award at the Rome Film Festival) and the already mentioned documentary THE SPECIAL NEED by Carlo Zoratti, which will receive its Italian première in Trieste. This meeting – chaired by Gloria De Antoni and Oreste De Fornari with Paolo Di Maira, Paolo Lughi and Luca Mosso - will not only underline how in FVG the cinema industry has managed to find important synergies; it will also offer an opportunity to identify potential common themes and idioms among the participating directors (Fasulo, Oleotto and Zoratti), also involving other cinema personalities (producers and distributors) from our region and from Slovenia, with which some of these films have established important international co-productions. The collaboration with the Associazione Corso Salani continues, with the CORSO SALANI AWARD, now in
its fourth year and created to commemorate the film-maker who died in June 2010, being awarded to one of this year’s 5 finalists. These are: FRASTUONO (Noise) by Davide Maldi and Lorenzo Maffucci (directed by Davide Maldi); STORIE DEL DORMIVEGLIA (Stories of the Half-Light) by Luca Magi; LET’S GO by Antonietta De Lillo and Giovanni Piperno; NELLO by Alessandra Locatelli; VOGLIO DORMIRE CON TE (I Wanna Sleep With You) by Mattia Colombo. The Prize is reserved for independent and low-budget Italian works still in production. Winners receive support for completing their work in the shape of tutoring offered by the Association and an €8,000 bonus. In past years, winners have included PALAZZO DELLE AQUILE by Stefano Savona (2011), MATERIA OSCURA by Martina Parenti and Massimo D'Anolfi (2012). ARCTIC SPLEEN by Piergiorgio Casotti (world première) and IL MONDO DI NERMINA (Nermina's World work in progress) by Vittoria Fiumi - joint winners in 2013 - will be shown during this edition, together with AISHITERU MY LOVE by Stefano Cattini, who was among last year’s finalists. The 5 finalists will also be presented to international industry insiders taking part in “When East Meets West”. Among the features films out of competition we would like to mention I KORI (The Daughter) by Thanos Anastopoulos, receiving its Italian première after being shown at the Berlin Film Festival last year, and coproduced by Trieste-based Mansarda Production. RAZREDNI SOVRAŽNIK (Class Enemy) by Slovene Rok Biček, is a film investigating the relationship between a newly-appointed teacher of German and his students – a relationship characterised by friction due to the huge differences they have in approaching life. This film is positively representative of the new generation of Slovene film-makers. Music is showcased in the section SOUND ZONE with ANPLAGD (Unplugged) by Serbian Mladen Kovačević and PRAVI ČLOVEK ZA KAPITALIZEM (The Right Man for Capitalism) by Dušan Moravec - both Italian premières. In ANPLAGD, a retired female detective and an old man from the same village are the two last surviving “leaves players”. Both elderly, they can still “play the leaves” with some feeling, while an amateur inventor tries to decipher this obscure art. PRAVI ČLOVEK ZA KAPITALIZEM is about the life story of Damir Avdić, a Bosnian musician, poet and writer from Tuzla who now lives in Slovenia and transforms his concerts into rants against contemporary society. The special event of SOUND ZONE is PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin (regional première): shot during the course of 6 months, the documentary tells the incredible story of Nadia, Masha and Katia, and of their punk prayer which has so outraged the political and ecclesiastical powers in Russia. HOW TO REPRESENT REALITY (AND WIN A GOLDEN LION) Monday 20th January, at 4pm, at Teatro Miela, a masterclass by Gianfranco Rosi, director of SACRO GRA. One of the most unexpected winners of the Venice Film Festival will be in Trieste to explain why documentary film-making is winning over Italian audiences. The special events GREAT MASTERS & TRIESTE include: DOC PORTRAIT: FRANCO GIRALDI (work in progress) by Luciano De Giusti; LINO MICCICHÈ, MIO PADRE. UNA VISIONE DEL MONDO (Lino Miccichè, My Father. A Vision of the World) by his son Francesco Miccichè; and the tribute to film critic Alberto Farassino, consisting of the following: PAYS BARBARE (Barbaric Land) by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi; and OMAGGIO AD ALBERTO (To Alberto), a montage made by Tatti Sanguineti from material taken from a super8 film shot by Gianikian in 1979, an episode of "Il club" dedicated to Mario Camerini and aired on Cineclassic in 1999, and photographs by Fulvia Farassino. Another special event will be 1914-2014: 100 YEARS SINCE THE GREAT WAR: Sunday 19th at 10.45am at the Sala Tripcovich there will be a showing of Mario Monicelli’s La Grande guerra (The Great War), followed by a cinematic brunch at the bar. At 3pm there will be a showing of Gloria De Antoni’s I SENTIERI DELLA GLORIA (In viaggio con Mario Monicelli sui luoghi della grande guerra / The Paths of Glory. Travelling with Mario Monicelli Around the Sites of the Great War). Throughout the Festival the Sala Tripcovich will host the exhibition “I Sentieri della Gloria” (The Paths of Glory), arranged by the Cineteca del Friuli – showing about 15 stills taken on the set of La Grande guerra, and as many images taken in 2004 during the shooting of Gloria De Antoni’s documentary. This year the TFF is launching, in collaboration with Premio Mattador - the International Scriptwriting Prize dedicated to Matteo Caenazzo - an intensive training workshop: EASTWEEK, SCRIPTWRITING WORKSHOP FOR NEW TALENTS focussed on the development of cinema subjects and co-ordinated by screenwriter Andrea Magnani. The course, organised with the support of CEI - Central European Initiative – will be run by two experts: the Greek screenwriter and writer Nicos Panayotopoulos and the Czech screenwriter Pavel Jech. Taking part in the workshop will be subjects selected from cinema schools in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Lorenzo Zeppegno and Alessandro Padovani, the two finalists of the Premio Mattador 2013 for best subject (info on www.premiomattador.it).
The CLOSING film of this year’s Festival will be WAŁESA, MAN OF HOPE, directed by the famous Polish director Andrzej Wajda (winner of an Oscar and a Golden Bear for lifetime achievement), inspired by the life of the Nobel-prize winner Lech Wałesa and shown at the last Venice Film Festival. Walesa, the blue-collar worker and founder of Solidarność, was the first Polish president elected in a free election, and the man who prepared the ground for the biggest shake-up in 20th century world politics. This biopic (which features the Italian actress Maria Rosaria Omaggio playing Oriana Fallaci, who interviewed Wałesa in his Gdańsk flat) retraces the protagonist’s metamorphosis from simple worker to controversial and charismatic leader of a union with millions of members. CINEMA ZONES’ original aim was to showcase regional productions made in Friuli Venezia Giulia. While it started as a more generic “container” of local works, it later became more selective by turning its attention to the best work by local directors and, over the years, following their evolution in Italy and abroad, documenting their successes, their artistic development, their changes of direction, etc. while also promoting new production initiatives in this Region, where the cinema industry, thanks to its ability to cooperate and pool resources, has become an important and consistent source of economic growth. Regional projects include: conservation of audio-visual material by the Cineteca del Friuli; numerous production companies that have sprung up in recent years all around the Region; the distribution company Tucker, which is involved in distributing local films; a new foreign-sales company, SlingShot Films; and, finally, an established network of local film festivals which is unique for its range and variety. Cinema Zones this year will no longer be a self-contained section as it used to – it has expanded and now consists of an across-the-board selection of films featured in other sections. Cinema Zones will therefore act almost like a quality assurance label to highlight the best of local productions without “segregating” them. Some of the various works that have been selected this year include: The Special Need in the documentary competition – the story of Enea, an autistic man from Friuli who embarks on a journey to Germany to find the physical love he has so far been denied; two shorts, Melting Street by Ivana Hrelja about artist Elisa Vladilo’s collective performance in neighbouring Pula (in the festival’s new section dedicated to cinema inspired by the art world in all its forms); a curious portrait of director Franco Giraldi, the culmination of twenty-years’s work by cinema scholar Luciano De Giusti (part of this year’s tribute to the great masters); and, finally, the documentary Parole povere (not in competition) by Francesca Archibugi, produced by two companies based in Friuli, about young contemporary poet Pierluigi Cappello. These movies, though different in duration, genre and idiom are all testament to Friuli-Venezia-Giulia’s multifaceted and diverse cinematic and artistic scene. A great novelty of this year’s Festival is the launch of a streaming project in partnership with MYmovies.it. Films will be available on the streaming platform MYMOVIESLIVE! (http://www.mymovies.it/live/) and will comprise a large selection of the films in the official programme. This will be available for free only for the first 300 users who apply. This is a special opportunity to allow the public, who cannot get there, remote access to the Festival’s rich programme. The Q&A with authors will take place on Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd January, from 11.00am at the Caffè San Marco in Via Cesare Battisti 18. PRESS OFFICE Catia Donini 335-1737040 firstname.lastname@example.org Ilaria Zanzi 347-7262822 --images can be downloaded from www.triestefilmfestival.it/press-Press Release published on 11.01.2014