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Carlos Saura to attend Biografilm with his film Renzo Piano

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- The Spanish director is due to screen the world premiere of his documentary about the famous Italian architect in Bologna. The festival dedicated to life stories is due to run from 14 to 21 June

Carlos Saura to attend Biografilm with his film Renzo Piano
Renzo Piano by Carlos Saura

"The contamination between fiction and documentary is getting stronger, and it is increasingly common to find works of fiction in the international cinema scene that draw from the stylistic elements of documentary film, and vice versa," stated Andrea Romeo, director of Biografilm Festival, which has set aside a rich programme of films, documentaries, portraits and biopics about the world of art and culture’s greatest protagonists for its 14th edition (Bologna, 14 to 21 June), with exciting previews of films screened at some the most prestigious international festivals such as Cannes, Sundance and Berlin.

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Kicking off festivities is Le Brio [+see also:
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by Yvan Attal, a brilliant comedy starring Daniel Auteil and Camélia Jordana, who won a César for Most Promising Actress in 2018 (the film will be released in Italy next November by I Wonder Pictures). The International Competition will be screening 10 premieres, such as Another Day of Life [+see also:
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by Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow – a documentary with animated elements arriving directly from Cannes and The Eyes of Orson Welles [+see also:
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by Mark Cousins. Other titles in the race include Amal [+see also:
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by Mohamed Siam, the touching coming-of-age story of a 14-year-old against the backdrop of the Egyptian Revolution (a German, French and Norwegian co-production), the German-British title Shut Up and Play the Piano [+see also:
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by Philipp Jedicke about the Canadian musician and performer Chilly Gonzales, and Matangi/Maia/MIA [+see also:
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by Stephen Loveridge, a documentary that has already bewitched Sundance and the Berlinale, about a Sri Lankan “bad girl” who has become one of the most interesting artists on the contemporary music scene. The festival will also be hosting the world premiere of The Things We Keep by Alessandro Cassigoli and Kasey Kauffman, an ode to friendship that delves into the pages of contemporary history, starring an aspiring filmmaker and an Al Jazeera reporter.

In the Contemporary Lives section, which is dedicated to the hottest characters and themes of the contemporary world, includes the European premiere of The Cleaners [+see also:
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by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck about the system of content control by web giants and The Oslo Diaries by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan, about the secret meeting between two Israeli professors and three PLO members in Oslo in 1992 in order to try to reach an impossible peace agreement. The section also includes the French title Out by Denis Parrot, which collects the testimonies of several teenagers who have declared their homosexuality live on the web, the Finnish title Entrepreneur by Virpu Suutari, which ponders what it means to be an entrepreneur today, and Golden Dawn Girls [+see also:
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by Havard Bustnes, also from northern Europe, which reconstructs the rise of the Greek right-wing Golden Dawn party through the experience of a mother, a wife and a daughter. Libre [+see also:
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by Michel Toesca, At the Philosophers' School [+see also:
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by Fernand Melgar, and many other films will also be screened in the section.

As for Biografilm Italia, six of the eight titles will be presented in world premiere, including: This Is Not a Cannolo [+see also:
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, the debut film by Tea Falco (actress well-known for Me and You [+see also:
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by Bertolucci), the UFO investigation A.L.B.E., A Life Beyond Earth by Elisa Fuksas, Bottoms Up by Brunella Fili (can you be happy despite a serious illness?), the German-Italian co-production Iuventa by Michele Cinque, about a ship used to save many migrants, which has been seized and The Last Italian Cowboys by Walter Bencini, about the cowboys of the Maremma in Tuscany.

The films that stand out in the sizeable Biografilm Europe and Worldwide section – which awaits some further additions in the next few days – are Diamantino [+see also:
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by Gabriel Abrantes (awarded at Cannes Critics' Week this year), the Berlin Golden Bear winner Touch Me Not [+see also:
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interview: Adina Pintilie
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by Adina Pintilie, the Silver Bear winner Mug [+see also:
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interview: Małgorzata Szumowska
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by Malgorzata Szumowska, the Spanish blockbuster Campeones [+see also:
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by Javier Fesser, and the film applauded at Cannes by the Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov, Summer [+see also:
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interview: Ilya Stewart
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. The Biografilm Art & Music section boasts the world premiere of Renzo Piano, an Architect for Santander [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Saura
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, directed by the great Spanish director Carlos Saura (who will be in Bologna), The Greenaway Alphabet by Saskia Boddeke, McQueen [+see also:
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by Ian Bonhôte and Dreaming Murakami [+see also:
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by the Danish director Nitesh Anjaan.

Finally, a new section dedicated to TV series – Biografilm Series – will be screening a dozen titles in Italian premiere from Belgium, Russia, Denmark, the United States and South America. A few series like Skam Italy and the Danish TV series The Vanishing will be shown in their entirety as part of a marathon run: a unique opportunity for some collective binge-watching.

(Translated from Italian)

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