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Silvio Soldini, Werner Herzog and Gael García Bernal at the 12th Biografilm of Bologna

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- The festival dedicated to life stories will be held from 10 to 20 June 2016. Guests of this edition, which will focus on the digital world, include Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael

Silvio Soldini, Werner Herzog and Gael García Bernal at the 12th Biografilm of Bologna
Il fiume ha sempre ragione by Silvio Soldini

The Biografilm of Bologna continues to explore the digital world: the biographical film festival, the biggest international event to revolve around life stories, is dedicating its 12th edition (which will be held from 10 to 20 June 2016) to the theme The brand new world – Describing digital civilisation. “This is a theme we broached last year, and which we will return to next year as well”, revealed artistic director Andrea Romeo as he unveiled the programme in Rome, “the story of the digital world is a mature one. We’ll see stories on how the Internet has changed all of our lives”. The Festival will kick off with the journey into the contemporary digital world by maestro Werner Herzog, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, ten chapters that analyse the different sides of the web, robotics and hacking. But describing the world of IT and metadata will also be Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney with his film Zero Days and Friedrich Moser with A Good American [+see also:
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The Internet is a world without borders, which acts as a counterpoint to the other theme of this year’s festival: migrants and Europe’s borders. The No Borders section will therefore feature Danish Berlin participant Those Who Jump [+see also:
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by Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner and Abou Bakar Sidibé, and French-Swiss-Italian co-production Un paese in Calabria by Shu Aiello and Catherine Casella, the story of a town, Riace, that is abandoned by its young people and is reborn thanks to immigrants. 

The International Competition will screen the world premiere of Italian-Swiss film Il fiume ha sempre ragione [+see also:
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by Silvio Soldini, the poetic portrayal of two artist artisans from the publishing world, as well as A Family Affair [+see also:
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 by Tom Fassaert (the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark), a family album revolving around an extraordinary grandmother; Sundance winner (of the award for Best Cinematography) The Land of the Enlightened [+see also:
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by Belgian director Pieter-Jan De Pue; Olmo and the Seagull [+see also:
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by Petra Costa and Lea Glob (Denmark, Brazil, Portugal) and Sonita [+see also:
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by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami (Iran, Germany, Switzerland), the story of a young Afghan who dreams of being a rapper. The second Italian film that will have its world premiere in this section is shrouded in mystery for now: for security reasons, says Romeo, it will be announced just before the Festival opens.

Contemporary Lives, the section dedicated to the people and themes that have left the biggest mark on our present, features two Italian films, the controversial Porno & Libertà [+see also:
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by Carmine Amoroso and Shashamane [+see also:
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 by Giulia Amati, and Dutch title A Strange Love Affair with Ego by Ester Gould. The section dedicated to national documentaries, Biografilm Italia, will showcase films by emerging writers, almost all in their world premieres, with four debut works. 

The selection of European biopics, Biografilm Europa, will include Ma ma [+see also:
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by Julio Medem, which won Penelope Cruz a Goya nomination, Swedish film Granny’s Dancing on the Table [+see also:
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by Hanna Sköld, The Student by Kirill Serebrennikov, and French films My Golden Days [+see also:
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by Arnaud Deplechin and La vache [+see also:
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 by Mohamed Hamidi. Without forgetting the Biografilm Arte and Biografilm Music sections, and the tribute to Ambulante - Gira de documentales, one of the biggest documentary festivals in the world established by actor Gael García Bernal, who will be one of the guests at Bologna and will receive the Celebration of Lives Award, like Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael and producer/distributor Valerio De Paolis.

(Translated from Italian)

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