Pesaro: Between the present and the future (with a dash of porn)
by Camillo De Marco
- From 2 July, the 52nd Pesaro Film Festival will devote 8 days to experimental works, with a selection that pays special attention to young directors and features a section on female-orientated porn
The 52nd Pesaro International Festival of New Cinema (which lasts eight days and unspools from 2-9 July), directed by Pedro Armocida, is about to get under way again, under the banner of "new cinema". "This is the second year of our new and improved festival, which shows a greater openness towards young people and experimentation," began co-founder Bruno Torri during the press conference. With its perspective focused on students, who flock in ever-increasing numbers from all over Italy to fill the festival’s venues, the event will once again be the ideal place to train future viewers. Indeed, these viewers sit on the jury chaired by Roberto Andò, which is tasked with choosing the film that will take home the Lino Miccichè Award in the Competition. The two selections that really look to the future of film are squarely aimed at youngsters – namely, the Competition (including those movies that best embody the idea of new cinema, and which are far from incorporating the typical "festival-film" classic stylistic elements) and the new Satellite – Visions for Future Film, which is aimed at productions from outside the traditional industry, low-budget films and those that are difficult to classify. "They are not festival films," explains director Armocida. "We have tried to provide a different perspective – one that pays particular attention to Italian cinema."
In this competition full of surprises, Italy will be represented by talented young director Suranga Deshapriya Katugampala, with his feature debut, Per un figlio [+see also:
film profile]. The producer, Gianluca Arcopinto, will also be in attendance, and he assures us: "Suranga will become a great director; he is a talented auteur, and we are already working on the next project." Also among the European productions and co-productions in competition we find David [+see also:
film profile] by Jan Tesitel (Czech Republic), Ogres [+see also:
film profile] by Léa Fehner (France), Where I Grow Old [+see also:
film profile] by Marilia Rocha (Brazil-Portugal) and In the Last Days of the City [+see also:
film profile] by Tamer El Said (Egypt-Germany-UK-UAE).
Lastly, a new addition to the festival is the event dedicated to "the girls of porn", which will feature a screening of the latest short film by Monica Stambrini, Queen Kong, and will be accompanied by a round-table examining female-orientated porn, with Gianni Canova’s magazine 8 e ½.
(Translated from Italian)