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The 15th edition of the Ischia Film Festival kicks off

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- The gathering will host fiction features and docs from all over Europe, plus the best of the current Italian film season and TV series; guests include John Turturro and Claudia Cardinale

The 15th edition of the Ischia Film Festival kicks off
Caina by Stefano Amatucci

The 15th edition of the Ischia Film Festival (IFF) gets under way tomorrow (24 June), unspooling until 1 July and boasting a whole host of novelties. The first new addition at the gathering founded and directed by Michelangelo Messina, helped from this year on by Boris Sollazzo as artistic director, are the four international competitions (for features, documentaries, shorts and “Location Negata”), in addition to “Best of”, a showcase and competition for the crème de la crème of the films from the current Italian film season. The guests of honour will be John Turturro, who will receive the IFF Lifetime Achievement Award (IQOS Innovation Award) on 26 June, and Claudia Cardinale, an icon who was immortalised on the poster of the most recent Cannes Film Festival. Independent directors, and both up-and-coming and seasoned actors will be among the various attendees this year: they include Alessandro Borghi, who will be the godfather of the Venice Film Festival, Italian Golden Globe winners Isabella Ragonese and Francesco AmatoDaniele VicariToni D’AngeloMaccio CapatondaKrzysztof ZanussiEdoardo De AngelisJasmine Trinca (who won the Best Actress Award in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes), and Sergio Castellitto

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The features in competition are Caina [+see also:
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 by Stefano Amatucci, the Belgian title Even Lovers Get the Blues [+see also:
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 by Laurent Micheli, Iran’s Immortality by Mehdi Fard GhaderiLe Monde Dont on Reve N'Existe Pas by Ayoub Qanir (USA/Mongolia), Ears [+see also:
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by Alessandro Aronadio, On the Trail of My Father [+see also:
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 by Marco SegatoI peggiori [+see also:
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 by Vincenzo Alfieri, Urvi by BS Pradeep Varma (India) and The Veil of Maya by Elisabetta Rocchetti. There are also a number of interesting titles among the documentaries in competition: Another Me [+see also:
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(Italy) by Claudio Casazza, Colours of the Alphabet [+see also:
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 by Alastair Cole, Dil Leyla [+see also:
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 by Asli Özarslan, Nove giorni al Cairo (Italy) by Carlo Bonini and Giuliano FoschiniSacred Water (Belgium) by Olivier Jourdain, Unwanted Heritage [+see also:
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by Irena Skoric, and Was Shakespeare English? (UK) by Alicia Maksimova.

Another important new addition is the "Under the Sky" section, instigated in conjunction with Sky Italia, a retrospective/prospective of the films that don’t make it to the big screen. The Night of by Steven Zaillian and James Marsh will take centre stage in the retrospective dedicated to Lifetime Achievement Award winner John Turturro, while 1993 by Giuseppe Gagliardi will demonstrate just how much Italian TV series are thriving. Lastly, it will be worth tracking down the Sky Arte documentaries Andrea Pazienza: fino all'estremo by Paolo CarreddaBlow up di Blow up by Valentina Agostinis, about the films of Michelangelo Antonioni, and Graffiti a New York by Francesco Mazza, about Federico Buffa.

(Translated from Italian)

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