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LECCE 2015

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The Lecce European Film Festival kicks off on 13 April

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- For its 16th edition, the festival’s guests of honour will be Bertrand Tavernier, Fatih Akin, Milena Vukotic and Paola Cortellesi. There will be 10 European films in competition

The Lecce European Film Festival kicks off on 13 April
Actress Paola Cortellesi

After announcing this year’s “protagonists of European cinema”, directors Bertrand Tavernier (see news article) and Fatih Akin (see news article) a few days ago, the Lecce European Film Festival completes its line-up of guests of honour with actresses Milena Vukotic and Paola Cortellesi, chosen as the “protagonists of Italian cinema” for the 16th edition of the festival, which will take place from 13 to 18 April, directed as always by Alberto La Monica and Cristina Soldano. Opening this year’s Salento-based festival, the programme for which was revealed yesterday in Rome, is the European premiere of WAX – We are the X [+see also:
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Lorenzo Corvino’s first film, a generational on-the-road thriller about the adventures of three young people invited to the Principality of Monaco to shoot an advert, with a well-rounded international cast that includes Rutger Hauer and Jean-Marc Barr

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Turning to the official competition, ten European feature films will be competing for the Golden Olive Tree Award, and will be presented by their respective directors in their Italian premieres. They are: Austrian film Superworld [+see also:
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interview: Karl Markovics
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 by Karl Markovics, Danish film Key House Mirror [+see also:
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interview: Michael Noer
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 by Michael NoerInsecure [+see also:
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interview: Marianne Tardieu
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 by first-time French director Marianne TardieuDaughters [+see also:
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 by German filmmaker Maria Speth, Greek psychological thriller Anemistiras by Dimitri Bitos, Polish film Hardkor Disko [+see also:
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interview: Krzysztof Skonieczny
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 by Krzysztof Skonieczny, Russian film Correction Class [+see also:
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interview: Ivan I Tverdovsky
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 by Ivan Tverdovsky, Spanish noir film Magical Girl [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Vermut
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 by Carlos Vermut, and finally, My Skinny Sister [+see also:
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interview: Sanna Lenken
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 by Sanna Lenken (Sweden) and Song of My Mother [+see also:
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interview: Erol Mintaş
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 by Erol Mintas (Turkey). In addition to the Golden Olive Tree, the jury, formed of director Pappi Corsicato, screenwriter Francesca Marciano and film critic Bruno Torri will award a cash prize of €5,000, the Special Jury Award, the Best Photography Award and the Best Screenplay Award. The films will also be competing for the Fipresci Jury Award, the Cineuropa Award and the SNGCI Best European Actor Award.

The three finalists in the running for the 6th edition of the Mario Verdone Prize (see news article), which is awarded to first films, were also announced. The finalists are: Perfidia [+see also:
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 by Bonifacio AngiusLast Summer [+see also:
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 by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli and Darker Than Midnight [+see also:
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 by Sebastiano Riso, which were “chosen unanimously”, according to Carlo Verdone, who is set to start shooting his new film, in which he pairs up with Antonio Albanese, in June. In the Cinema and Reality section, the issue of homophobia is tackled in Non so perché ti odio by Filippo Soldi, the relationship between immigration and reception is looked at in Leviteaccanto by Luciano Toriello, and Greece (past and present) is the focus of the two documentaries La Grecia è vicina by Enzo Rizzo and Attenzione Grecia by Ennio Lorenzini.

Once again this year, there will be a round table on "The General State of Italian Comedy” led by Marco Giusti, which will focus on new comic phenomena, from the Internet to the big screen (guests to include Maccio CapatondaClaudio BisioLuca Miniero and the stars of web series The Jackal). Finally, the three films that were shortlisted for the Lux Prize 2014 (Girlhood [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
interview: Céline Sciamma
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Class Enemy [+see also:
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interview: Rok Biček
interview: Rok Bicek
interview: Rok Bicek
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 and the winner, Ida [+see also:
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interview: Pawel Pawlikowski
interview: Pawel Pawlikowski
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) will be shown, along with the selection of short films nominated for the European Film Academy’s European Film Award  2014. For the complete programme of the European Film Festival 2015, click here.

(Translated from Italian)

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