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2015 Bif&st programme unveiled: “A festival with a clear identity,” according to Scola

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- The sixth edition of the Bari International Film Fest will unspool from 21-28 March, chaired by Ettore Scola and directed by Felice Laudadio; it will feature tributes to Fritz Lang and Francesco Rosi

2015 Bif&st programme unveiled: “A festival with a clear identity,” according to Scola
Tempo instabile con probabili schiarite by Marco Pontecorvo (© Franco Biciocchi)

“This gathering in Bari has an identity that other festivals don’t have, because they are chasing after red carpets and high society. Here, on the other hand, there is a clear idea of cinema, which must first and foremost be a tool for understanding reality.” According to master writer-director Ettore Scola, this is the main strength of the Bif&st – Bari International Film Festival, of which he is the president, and which is preparing to celebrate its sixth edition from 21-28 March, directed, as always, by Felice Laudadio. A raft of international premieres, a competition for Italian films and another one for films produced all over the world during the last year will be mixed in with film classes with eight well-respected European directors (read the news), a near-comprehensive retrospective of the work of Fritz Lang and a huge tribute to Francesco Rosi, who passed away not long ago.

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Unveiled in Rome yesterday, the programme for this year’s Bif&st offers a huge number of International Premieres screening at the Teatro Petruzzelli, including Tempo instabile con probabili schiarite [+see also:
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interview: Marco Pontecorvo
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by Marco Pontecorvo (which will open the festival – read the news); Wolf Totem [+see also:
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by Jean-Jacques Annaud, a Chinese-French co-production; Ex Machina [+see also:
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, the feature debut by British director Alex Garland, based on Fritz Lang’s own Metropolis; the world premiere of Ho ucciso Napoleone [+see also:
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, a comedy by Giorgia Farina, starring Micaela Ramazzotti; Slow West [+see also:
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film focus
interview: John Maclean
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, the feature debut by Scottish filmmaker John Maclean, starring Michael Fassbender; The Gunman [+see also:
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making of
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by Pierre Morel, starring Sean Penn, Jasmine Trinca and Javier Bardem, set in Africa, London and Barcelona; and, fresh from the Berlinale, the latest work by Margarethe von Trotta, The Misplaced World [+see also:
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On the other hand, in the International Panorama section (featuring 12 titles in competition, all previously unseen in Italy), we find the directorial debut by British actor Paul Bettany, Shelter; the Oscar-nominated film Accused [+see also:
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by Paula van der Oest (the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Luxembourg); and the French titles Jamais de la vie [+see also:
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by Pierre Jolivet, Graziella [+see also:
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by Mehdi Charef and Discount [+see also:
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by Louis-Julien Petit. There will also be 12 films duking it out in the ItaliaFilmFest section, including Black Souls [+see also:
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interview: Francesco Munzi
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by Francesco Munzi, Hungry Hearts [+see also:
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interview: Saverio Costanzo
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by Saverio Costanzo, The Misunderstood [+see also:
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by Asia Argento, The Invisible Boy [+see also:
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interview: Gabriele Salvatores
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by Gabriele Salvatores and Leopardi [+see also:
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interview: Mario Martone
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by Mario Martone. The Italian competition will include first and second works, such as Last Summer [+see also:
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by Lorenzo Guerra Seràgnoli, Sworn Virgin [+see also:
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Q&A: Laura Bispuri
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by Laura Bispuri, The Ice Forest [+see also:
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interview: Claudio Noce
film profile
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by Claudio Noce, The Wonders [+see also:
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interview: Alice Rohrwacher
interview: Tiziana Soudani
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by Alice Rohrwacher and Perez [+see also:
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by Edoardo De Angelis.

The gathering will also host a selection of documentaries out of competition, a round-table entitled Cinema&Fiction: convergenze parallele?, and four production-design and costume labs. Nanni Moretti (who will lead his Film Class on 28 March) will receive the Federico Fellini Platinum Award for Cinematic Excellence at the festival’s closing ceremony.

Promoted by the Mediterranean, Culture and Tourism Department of the Puglia Region and staged by the Apulia Film Commission Foundation, with backing from private sponsors, the 2015 Bif&st is benefiting from a budget of €1,200,000, which represents a reduction of €100,000 compared to previous years. Nevertheless, it is estimated that at least 70,000 viewers will attend – ie, the same number as that recorded at the two most recent editions.

(Translated from Italian)

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