Celebrating arthouse film in Ravenna with the MEFF
by Camillo De Marco
- The old Mosaico d'Europa Film Festival has become the Mosaico d'Essai Film Festival, broadening its scope to include films from all over the world; it will be held from 17-21 November 2015
The ‘E’ did stand for ‘Europe’, now it stands for Essai: the old Mosaico d'Europa Film Festival has become the new Mosaico d'Essai Film Festival. From 17-21 November 2015, at the Palazzo del Cinema e dei Congressi in Ravenna, the MEFF returns with a wider offer of films, giving cinephiles the chance to see movies that have won awards all over the world and have not yet been released in Italy, with the selection not being limited to just European titles.
This year in its ninth edition, the festival showcases films of a different style, giving film lovers a taste of the rich artistic variety of contemporary movies. This year’s programme includes Miss Julie [+see also:
interview: Liv Ullmann
film profile] as a special opening event that will no doubt draw in huge crowds as it will be attended by Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. The film, a co-production between Norway and the United Kingdom, is directed by Liv Ullmann and is her sixth feature, a cinematic adaptation of August Strindberg’s theatrical masterpiece.
The programme will also feature the multi-award-winning Jauja [+see also:
film profile], by Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso, an existential western in which Danish military officer Gunnar (Viggo Mortensen, who not only stars in the film, but produced and created the soundtrack for it, too) travels with his daughter to Patagonia to work with the Argentinian army. Then from the United States comes Ethan Hawke’s documentary Seymour: An Introduction. The Blue Room [+see also:
interview: Mathieu Amalric
film profile], by French director Mathieu Amalric, will be the object of a special event this year at the MEFF, entitled “Simenon in film”. Based on a novel by Simenon from 1964, the movie was chosen for Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and nominated for the César Award for Best Adaptation, but has yet to be released in Italy.
(Translated from Italian)