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MEDFILM FESTIVAL @ NUOVO CINEMA AQUILA FOR CINEMAGGIO INITIATIVE

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CINEMAGGIO INITIATIVE
NUOVO CINEMA AQUILA
SCREENING PROGRAMME
MAY 25 / 26

VIA L’AQUILA, 66 | Rome

MedFilm Festival is pleased to collaborate on the CineMaggio initiative, proposing to the public a selection of works of high artistic profile, in line with the social and cultural significance of Cinema Aquila – a public teather in Rome, a space for watching, listening and for dialogue.

In a contemporary context, where themes like separation, exclusion, racism and xenophobia are re-emerging urgently, it is of  great importance to support mutual understanding among people on the shores of our sea through the ninth art, which creates an extraordinary tool for communicating the values ​​of equality, sharing and participation.

The initiative programme:

THURSDAY MAY 25

h18:00
“TOMBA DEL TUFFATORE” directed by Federico Francioni, Yan Cheng
Italy, 2015 | 30 min

A man falls into nothingness. In a twenty-first century museum, on the cover of an ancient Greek tomb, the Paestum Diver is caught in the extreme, suspended act of flying: the passage from life to death; From physical to metaphysical. In this dive into nothingness, however, a question arises: who really is the contemporary diver?
Director Federico Francioni and Gianfranco Pannone (MedFilm Festival) introduce the film


h18:45
“IL SILENZIO” di Farnoosh Samadi, Ali Asgari
Italy / France, 2016 | 14 min

Fatma and her mother are Kurdish refugees in Italy. On their visit to the doctor, Fatma has to translate what the doctor tells to her mother but she keeps silent.
Assistant director Riccardo Romboli and Alessandro Zoppo (MedFilm Festival) introduce the film


h19:15
“VALPARAISO” directed by Carlo Sironi
Italiy, 2016 | 20 min

Rocio is a 20 years old gir locked up in and identification and expulsion center in Rome, waiting to be sent back to his country of origin. She has been pregnant during her detention, but she does not want to reveal either how it happened or who she was, preferring to silence. The law does not allow to hold a pregnant woman. Rocio is released on the fourth month of pregnancy with a temporary maternity leave permit. Now she is free but she has to carry on an unwanted pregnancy.
Screenwriter Giulia Moriggi and Alessandro Zoppo (MedFilm Festival) introduce the film


h20:00
“DELTA PARK” directed by Karine De Villers, Mario Brenta
Italy / Belgium, 2016 | 68 min

They are Cosmos, Moses, Ephosus, Franklin, Augustine, Sunday, Esos, Godwin, Abdoulay, Enry, Mustafa, Nathaniel, Charles, Victor, Ali. These African boys ended up in Delta Park, a nice hotel near the Po delta turned into a home for African immigrants, wehere they spend their time with the owner of hotel and his family. In exchange for room and board, the State provides the hotel with 30 euros per day for each refugee, allowing the hotel to get open once again.
Director Mario Brenta and Gianfranco Pannone (MedFilm Festival)introduce the film


h21:30
“APPENA APRO GLI OCCHI – CANTO PER LA LIBERTÀ” directed by Leyla Bouzid
France / Tunisia / Belgium / UAE, 2015 | 102 min

A few months before the revolution in Tunisia, 18 year-old Farah has a passion for life and sings in a political rock band. Her mother, knowing the dangers of Tunisia, wants her to pursue a career as a doctor.
Veronica Flora (MedFilm Festival) introduces the film

FRIDAY MAY 26

h17:30
“IO STO CON LA SPOSA” directed by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande, Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry
Italy, Palestine, 2014 | 89 min

A palestinian poet and an italian journalist meet five palestinians and syrians in Milan who entered Europe via the italian island of Lampedusa after fleeing the war in Syria. They decide to help them complete their journey to Sweden – and hopefully avoid getting themselves arrested as traffickers – by faking a wedding. With a palestinian friend dressed up as the bride and a dozen or so italian and syrian friends as wedding guests, they cross halfway over Europe on a four-day journey of three thousand kilometres.
Veronica Flora (MedFilm Festival) introduces the film


h19:30
“THE PARADE – LA SFILATA” directed by Srdjan Dragojevic
Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, 2011 | 115 min

A group of gay activists in Belgrade strikes a tense alliance with Limun, a Serbian crime boss, whose fiancée demands an extravagant wedding that only struggling gay theater director Mirko and his friends can provide. In exchange, macho Limun reluctantly agrees to provide security for the group’s Pride parade.
Veronica Flora (MedFilm Festival) introduces the film


h21:30
IL PIÙ GRANDE SOGNO directed by Michele Vannucci
Italy, 2016 | 97 min

Mirko, 39 years old, has just left prison. In the outskirts of Rome, a new future waits for him. When he is elected president of the homeowners’ committee, he realizes he can dream of a different kind of existence.
Director Michele Vannucci, actor Mirko Frezza and Veronica Flora (MedFilm Festival) introduce the film

In collaboration with and thanks to: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Cineclub Internazionale, Kino Produzioni, Zalab, Karine De Villers and Mario Brenta.

MEDFILM FESTIVAL 2016: THE WINNERS

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MEDFILM FESTIVAL 2016 – XXII EDITION
NOVEMBER 4 – 12| ROME
CINEMA SAVOY / MUSEO MACRO

Festival of National Interest, Key Event in the City of Rome, Festival of Cultural Interest for Mediterranean Forum and Euro-Mediterranean partership.

The 22nd edition of MedFilm Festival ended with a great success determined by the audience’s superb participation, following an intense nine days of cinema and the increased attention by the italian and international press, which has dedicated to the festival reviews, focus, interviews and insights.

With a programme of 90 films, of which 60 italian, european and international premieres, accompanied by many prestigious guests, MedFilm Festival has once again witnessed the diverse cultural and political context that makes the Euro-Mediterranean area unique, offering an open, inclusive and participatory festival model, in which works and authors, as well as the public, press and staff of the festival, are at the center of a cultural and pedagogical project that conducts an encounter, dialogue and sharing ideas, its central point. The contribution offered by the R. Rossellini Institute has been very important, allowing the participation of about fifty of its students called for judging the films in competition as well as conducting interviews with filmmakers and filming the most important moments of the festival, masterclass, literary encounters and debates. Strong and important was also the participation of university students, formed in juries, who worked on selecting the films proposed in the three official categories.

The festival’s closing night saw the awarding of prizes to the winners of the various categories, and in particular the AMORE AND PSICHE AWARD to the iranian film “INVERSION” by Behnam Behzadi, winner of the 22nd Medfilm Festival and of two Collateral prizes attributed by the PiuCulture Jury and the University Jury. For the first time in twenty-two years of festival history, the same film was judged the best of all the jury, and therefore by a transversal and heterogeneous audience, dating back to the age of 17; a sign of the indisputable artistic quality of the opera. In this sense, the iranian film could surely look to the italian market and find its own space and MedFilm Festival will work with increased strength and conviction in search of complementary distribution spaces for this kind of film productions in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

THE JURY has decreed the winners of this edition:

FEATURE FILMS COMPETITION

The jury, consisting of Federico Pontiggia, Angela Prudenzi, Isabella Ragonese, Claudia Bedogni and Tiziana Porto, decided to award the following awards:

AMORE AND PSICHE AWARD FOR BEST FILM: “INVERSION” directed by Behnam Behzadi (Iran)

For the ability to poetically innovate the humanist lesson of Iranian cinema, transforming the suffocating atmospheric climate into a female sun that radiates empathy and hope at every latitude.

SPECIAL JURY AWARD: “KINDIL” directed by Damien Ounouri (Algeria / Kuwait / USA)

For the talent in denouncing reality with stylistic originality, returning to the genre its territory of choice: cinema.

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION: “LE JARDIN D’ESSAI” by Dania Reymond (France / Algeria)

For the happy and joyful re-affirmation of cinema as a privileged tool for describing and analyzing reality, able to overcome the dramatic legacy of Algeria in its unconditional and confident opening to the future of younger generations.

DOCUMENTARY FILMS COMPETITION

The jury, composed by Roberto Silvestri, Irene Dionisio, Tarek Ben Abdallah, Francesca Bellino and Katia Ippaso, decided to award the following prizes:

OPEN EYES AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY: “BETWEEN FENCES” directed by Avi Mograbi (Israel / France)

A work that deals with the current and dramatic theme of forced migration with great respect to the figure of the refugee who, entering the play of stage stage fiction, unveils the theater of international cruelty.

SPECIAL MENTION “A MAGICAL SUBSTANCE FLOWS INTO ME” directed by Jumana Manna (Palestine)

A work characterized by the great rigor in the treatment and the strong poetic sense that confirms the absence of borders when entering the territory of music. A trip to the past when Palestine was a single land governed by thousands of music and not by one state.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS

“ATLAL” directed by Djamel Kerkar (Algeria / France)

A work with the great effect of truth that, following the dramaturgy of time in remaining landscapes and suspended on nothing, shows with poetry the ruins of our time.

“INFORME GENERAL II – EL NUEVO RAPTO DE EUROPA” directed by Pere Portabella (Spain)

The sophisticated contribution of a surrealistic movie senator catalyses the systemic, cultural, economic-financial, political and energetic collapse of a globalized world.

SHORT FILMS COMPETITION

The jury – composed by the students of international cinema schools: Karim Ejjaoui (ISCA – Institut Spécialisé du Cinèma et de Audiovisuel de Rabat – Morocco), Ahmed Fouad (The Egyptian Academy of Art in Rome – Egypt), Iordanis Theodosiadis (Faculty Of the Fine Arts Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Greece), Mohamed Rachid Mrabet (EDAC – Ecole des Arts et du Cinéma Tunis – Tunisia), Lola Quivoron (La Fémis – École nationale supérieure des métiers de l’image et du son, Paris – France ), Ekaterina Volkova (CSC – Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia di Roma – Italy), Onuray Topaklı (MSFAU – Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University of Istanbul – Turkey), Marina Tebechrani (Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaine Saint Joseph, Beirut – Nikica Zdunic (Academy of Dramatic Art University of Zagreb – Croatia) – has decided to award the following awards:

METHEXIS AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM: “UMMI” directed by Niko Avgoustidi (Greece)

For the strong emotions and impressions evoked by the film, for its ability to cope with social problems regarding refugees and the way they are welcomed in Europe.

CERVANTES AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM: “BATRACHIAN’S BALLAD” directed by Leonor Teles (Portugal)

For intimate and rebellious history, which contributes to the fight for the rights of discriminated minorities, for its strong and original approach to the subject. The film looks like a punk gesture that drives people to reconsider their approach to marginalized communities today.

SPECIAL MENTION: “ESTATE” directed by Ronny Trocket (France / Belgium)

For her original approach that, through the encounter between immobility of the photographic image and the movement, expresses her opinion on the role of the media in the crisis of migrants. A strong criticism of passivity too often demonstrated in situations that would require a much more determined action and response from humans.

COLLATERAL AWARDS

The PIUCULTURE AWARD, organized by the online Piuculture newspaper, given by Sarra Labib, Basha Beshai, Moez Chamki, Vladimir Doda, Nibir Mamdudar Rahman, Ghiath Rammo, Spoitoru Nina (six citizens of Rome hailing from Egypt, Tunisia, Albania, Bangladesh, Syria And Moldavia), went to “INVERSION” directed by Behnam Behzadi (Iran).

For having woven with great wisdom and delicacy various problems of current society – from environmental pollution, which remains a cross-section to different countries, to the role of women in Iranian society. All this is made even stronger by a good acting that refrains from any victimization to seize the most subtle and essential elements. A well-written and well-directed film, rich and full of life.

STUDENTS JURY

University of Rome – La Sapienza (Oriental Languages ​​and Civilizations and Art History and Performing Arts), Roma Tre (Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts), Tor Vergata (Department of Cultural Heritage Education and Society), John Cabot University and National Academy of Dramatic Art Silvio d’Amico, have decided to give the following awards:

BEST FILM: “INVERSION” directed by Behnam Behzadi (Iran)

For the ability to ask questions about their own identity, whether it is dictated by the environment and traditions, or a feeling intimate. Analyzing the breaking up of modernity and technology into secular culture, the film drives a self-critical reflection on individual and collective freedom.

BEST FILM: “KINDIL” directed by Damien Ounouri (Algeria / Kuwait / USA)

For experimental courage and social denunciation through the horror genre.

BEST DOCUMENTARY: “ZAINEB HATES THE SNOW” directed by Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia)

For the originality with which it was designed and built, for the spontaneity and irony with which is treated a more contemporary theme than that of integration between different cultures, for the delicacy with which stories and personal relationships develop Able to touch the human side of the spectator.

BEST SHORT FILM: “UMMI” directed by Nikos Avgoustidi (Greece)

It reflects current and current issues, such as the drama of refugees, from the point of view of a child. One of the most successful aspects of the short film is its ability to evoke the raw reality that lurks across the sea.

SPECIAL MENTION: “AIDA” directed by Maysoon El-Massry (Egypt)

For the extraordinary cinematic representation of a humble everyday reality.

R. ROSSELLINI INSTITUTE JURY

BEST FILM: “KINDIL” directed by Damien Ounouri (Algeria / Kuwait / USA)

His aesthetic and fictional elegance makes Kindil a horror film as you have never seen him. Touching the theme of the unreal can make poetic events bloody and current with a criticism visible to society and its choice of punishment against the individual and its subsequent marginalization and derision. Adila Bendimerad can perfectly embody fear, sea, monster, and victim in an elegant dance and movement performance without needing words. In this movie, fear does not make you jump from the chair, but it gets you in, slow and cold.

BEST DOCUMENTARY: “ATLAL” directed by Djamel Kerkar (Algeria / France)

One of the few movies that really has been able to document the truth, without neglecting movie magic.

CINEPHILIA SCREENWRITING LAB FOR SHORTS

Made in collaboration with Cinephilia Productions and led by director Darine Hotait, the lab is a project that aims to help directors develop their storytelling potential, critical faculties and technical skills. The lab wants to promote the most original, visionary and courageous voices from the Middle East and North Africa. The first Italian edition of the Lab selected 5 projects, 3 from the MENA region and 2 from Italy. The jury composed of Darine Hotait, Irene Dionisio and Monica Zapelli has decreed the following winner: “SPINDRIFT” directed by Farah F. Naboulsi and Dalia Yassine (Lebanon).

MEDFILM FESTIVAL 2016 CAREER AWARD: GIANNI AMELIO

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MEDFILM FESTIVAL 2016 CAREER AWARD
NOVEMBER 4, h20:00 – CINEMA SAVOY

The 2016 Career Award will be given to GIANNI AMELIO at the festival opening ceremony, to be held on the 4th of november at Cinema Savoy, Rome. During the festival it will be a special screening of “IL PRIMO UOMO” in the presence of the director.

GIANNI AMELIO

Gianni Amelio has told and continues to tell with clarity and courage the reality around us, aiming at some of the most painfully emblematic folds of our time. Through a participatory and rigorous look, including and above all on immigration issues, as with the Lamerica film of 1994, the director has created a visual and historical-aesthetic imagination that is, unfortunately, a dramatically vivid reflection of our times.

CINEPHILIA SCREENWRITING LAB FOR SHORTS IN ROME

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If you’re working on a short film script and you’re from Italy, Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon or Tunisia, don’t miss out on this awesomeness: MedFilm and Cinephilia Productions are now accepting applications for Cinephilia Screenwriting Lab for Shorts taking place in Rome, November 4-12.

Launched in 2013 by director Darine Hotait, the Lab assists filmmakers in developing their storytelling potential, criticism faculty and technical proficiency. The project aims to develop original, visionary and daring voices in the art of screenwriting from the Middle East and North Africa.

Application deadline: September 15 / 2016.

Form and info: www.cinephiliaproductions.com/shortslab/apply

HEADING SOUTH: MEDFILM AT THE 22ND EDITION OF TÉTOUAN FILM FESTIVAL

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MEDFILM FESTIVAL HEADS TO SOUTH, AGAIN
The Italian Cinema returns to Tétouan, Morocco
March 26 – april 4

The Mediterranean is increasingly at the centre of the world and in the face of a Europe that protects itself, it becomes vital to affirm, clearly, the closeness to the peoples on the southern shores of the Mediterranean: this is the mission of the MedFilm, that has been operating in the Mediterranean and Middle East areas for 22 years, and that still today continues to work with increased vigour and conviction to foster exchange and understanding among the countries on both shores. It does so through international activities that, during 2016, will bring the Festival to Morocco (Tétouan, Rabat) and to Tunisia (Tunis).

While waiting for the Roman edition, to be held november 4th to 12th, the MedFilm heads South again and takes part for the 8th consecutive year in the Festival du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan, with a significant selection of Italian films. Now at its 22nd edition, just like the MedFilm festival, the Festival du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan – march 26th to april 2nd, is still one of the most interesting film festivals in the Maghreb region. Led by the well-known artistic director Ahmed Elhousni, the festival aims at promoting Mediterranean cinema and is under the aegis of Nabil Benabdallah, head of the Tétouan City Foundation and the current Minister for the Environment and Municipalities of the Moroccan government. In recent years the MedFilm has brought as many as 70 Italian films to Morocco. The programme of the 22nd edition of the Tétouan Festival is rich and varied: from the Official Competition to the Contests dedicated to documentaries and short films, through the Séances Spéciales out of competition, to the tributes to actress Amal Ayouch and directors André Téchiné and Daoud Aoulad-Syad (guest of honour of the MedFilm in 2014). Twelve are the films that will take part in the Official Competition.

From Europe there is the acclaimed “The High Sun”, by croatian Dalibor Matanić, a dazzling second film by french Léa Fehner “Les Ogres” (Audience Award at Rotterdam), the greek border thriller “Riverbanks”, by Panos Karkanevatos, the drama from Kosovo entitled “Three Windows and a Hanging”, by Isa Qosja, the spanish movie “Food and Shelter” by Juan Miguel del Castillo (2016 Goya Award to actress Natalia de Molina), the breakthrough film “Dolanma”, by turkish Tunç Davut and the belgian-moroccan war movie “Les Hommes d’Argile”, by Mourad Boucif. From the other side of the Mediterranean, there is the return of moroccan Mohamed Smaïl with “Dés… Espoirs”, the tunisian romantic drama “Les Frontieres du Ciel”, by Farès Naanaa, the post-Mubarak egyptian melodrama “Nawara”, by Hala Khalil and the lebanese prison movie “3000 Nights”, by Mai Masri.

Italy takes part in the Official Competition thanks to MedFilm with one of the most acclaimed debuts of the year: “The Wait”, by Piero Messina. The film, presented in competition at the Venice Film Festival and well received by the Italian and international public (the film will be released in the United States, distributed by Oscilloscope at the same time that Tétouan takes place), it describes the arrival of the young frenchwoman Jeanne (the amazing Lou de Laage) in Sicily. She goes to boyfriend Joseph’s country house. He is not there. He should arrive in time for the Easter procession, says Anna, his mother (a beautiful Juliette Binoche), who hides a terrible secret behind her sad face. It is a truth that is too horrible to put into words. The days go by; the two women slowly get to know each other. “Protected but also isolated from the world, Anna and Jeanne await Joseph’s return. In doing so they imagine a reality that exists precisely because they share it”, said Messina, former star at previous editions of the MedFilm festival with his short films, The door and Earth. “Thus a silent partnership develops between two women. Unknowingly they become closer in an effort to protect themselves and to strengthen their fragile truth at the same time”.

(ANSAmed)

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