Alessio Cremonini’s On My Skin to open Orizzonti
by Vittoria Scarpa
- The Mostra’s competitive section dedicated to new trends in world cinema will get under way with the film on the Stefano Cucchi case, starring Alessandro Borghi; 19 films are in the selection
“It’s a very special film, bolstered by an incredible performance.” This is how festival director Alberto Barbera introduced the opening film of the Orizzonti section as he presented the Official Selection of the Venice Film Festival in Rome earlier today. Orizzonti is widely known as the “second competition” of the Italian gathering, the jam-packed 75th edition of which will unspool from 29 August-8 September (see the news). The movie in question is On My Skin [+see also:
film profile] by Alessio Cremonini, about the Stefano Cucchi case – in it, the 30-year-old Roman, who died in October 2009 in mysterious circumstances while in police custody in the Regina Coeli prison, will be played by Alessandro Borghi.
There are a total of 19 films in the section dedicated to new trends in world cinema, which will be weighed up by a jury chaired by Greek director Athina Tsangari, and comprising US director Michael Almereyda, Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Aria, French film critic Frédéric Bonnaud, Egyptian screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy, Canadian director Alison Mclean and Italian filmmaker Andrea Pallaoro. Among the selected titles are two additional Italian movies, both of which are feature debuts: Un giorno all’improvviso by Ciro D’Emilio, “a little film that risks going unnoticed but which, much like Manuel [+see also:
film profile] last year, could well become an unexpected sensation. Not to be underestimated,” opines Barbera; and La profezia dell’armadillo by Emanuele Scaringi, based on the graphic novel by cartoonist Michele Rech, also known as Zerocalcare.
Rocking up from France are the debuts by Mikhaël Hers (Amanda) and Sarah Marx (L’Enkas). The rest of the selection spans the entire world, but sees unwavering European involvement: among other films, Orizzonti will screen A Twelve-Year-Night [+see also:
film profile], the third feature by Uruguay’s Álvaro Brechner (a co-production between Spain, Argentina and France), the autobiographical feature debut Deslembro by Flavia Castro (Brazil/France/Qatar) and the Kazakh title The River [+see also:
film profile] by Emir Baigazin, co-produced by Poland and Norway. Furthermore, we should mention Israel’s Stripped by Yaron Shani (co-produced by Germany), the first chapter in a trilogy that, in Barbera’s view, brings to light “a great directorial talent”, and the third film by Palestinian auteur Sameh Zoabi, Tel Aviv on Fire, a satirical comedy on the culture clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, co-produced by Luxembourg, France, Israel and Belgium.
Lastly, we should make brief mention of the new non-competitive Sconfini (lit. “Trespassing”) section, which is dedicated to works with absolutely no connection in terms of genre, length or target market: particularly noteworthy are the new film by cartoonist Gipi, Il ragazzo più felice del mondo; Arrivederci Saigon by Wilma Labate, the incredible story of a girl band on tour in Vietnam during the war; and the extended cut (189 minutes long) of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.
Here is the complete list of films in the 2018 Orizzonti selection:
On My Skin [+see also:
film profile] - Alessio Cremonini (Italy) (opening film)
Manta Ray [+see also:
film profile] - Phuttiphong Aroonpheng (Thailand/France/China)
Soni - Ivan Ayr (India)
The River [+see also:
film profile] - Emir Baigazin (Kazakhstan/Poland/Norway)
A Twelve-Year-Night [+see also:
film profile] - Álvaro Brechner (Spain/Argentina/France)
Deslembro - Flavia Castro (Brazil/France/Qatar)
The Announcement - Mahmut Fazil Coşkun (Turkey/Bulgaria)
Un giorno all’improvviso - Ciro D’Emilio (Italy)
Charlie Says - Mary Harron (USA)
Amanda - Mikhaël Hers (France)
The Day I Lost My Shadow - Soudade Kaadan (Syria/Lebanon/France/Qatar)
L’Enkas - Sarah Marx (France)
The Man Who Surprised Everyone - Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov (Russia/Estonia/France)
Memories of My Body - Garin Nugroho (Indonesia/Australia)
As I Lay Dying - Mostafa Sayyari (Iran)
La profezia dell’armadillo - Emanuele Scaringi (Italy)
Stripped - Yaron Shani (Israel/Germany)
Jinpa - Pema Tseden (China)
Tel Aviv on Fire - Sameh Zoabi (Luxembourg/France/Israel/Belgium)
(Translated from Italian)
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