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LOCARNO 2016 Italy

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Two debut works by Italian directors at Locarno

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- Maria Mauti's L’amatore and Laura Viezzoli's La natura delle cose are being shown out of competition; Italy is also present with 3 co-productions, 1 in the international competition, and 2 short films

Two debut works by Italian directors at Locarno
L’amatore by Maria Mauti

This year there are no Italian films being shown in the international competition of the Locarno Film Festival (3-13 August 2016), but Italy is well represented out of competition by two directors who will be presenting their debut works: Maria Mauti with L’amatore [+see also:
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 and Laura Viezzoli with La natura delle cose [+see also:
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L’amatore is a documentary about Piero Portaluppi, one of the greatest architects of 20th century Italy (it was at Villa Necchi Campiglio, a building in the centre of Milan designed by Portaluppi, that I Am Love [+see also:
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interview: Luca Guadagnino - director
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by Luca Guadagnino was shot), an eclectic, ambiguous and complex man who was full of talent and hang-ups, and whose life spanned fascism and the history of architecture of the 20th century. The film is produced by MP1,
 and international sales are being handled by NEXO Digital.

La natura delle cose is instead an emotional and philosophical immersive experience of that precious time that is the end of life, in the company of someone suffering from ALS who is completely paralysed (with the exception of the eyes), and, like an astronaut on a mission, explores the limits of humanity, asking questions of themselves and the viewer with the passion of someone who loves life but knows they must soon leave it behind. The film was produced by Ladoc with crowdfunding support. International sales are being handled by Wide House.

Italy will also be present at Locarno with three co-productions: Mister Universo [+see also:
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 by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel (La pivellina [+see also:
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), starring Tairo Caroli, Wendy Weber, Arthur Robin and Lilly Robin, a co-production with Austria headed up by Vento Film
, with Be For Films handling international sales, which is being shown in the international competition; the Filmmakers of the Present section will instead feature Swiss co-production Il nido [+see also:
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by Klaudia Reynicke, starring Ondina Quadri (seen in Venice Days last year in Arianna [+see also:
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interview: Carlo Lavagna
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]
), Fabrizio Rongione, Diego Ribon and Sonia Gessner, an Amka Films production with Carlo Cresto-Dina’s Tempesta; and finally, The Challenge [+see also:
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 by Yuri Ancarani (Italy/France/Switzerland), a La Bête production made in partnership with Ring Film and Atopic, with international sales being handled by Slingshot Films.

Two Italian short films will also be shown at the Swiss Festival: Festa by Franco Piavoli, which is being shown out of competition, and Valparaiso by Carlo Sironi, in the Leopards of Tomorrow section. Italy will finally be the star of the Pre-festival, with a screening on 31 July of Lo chiamavano Trinità by Enzo Barboni (1970), in memory of popular actor Bud Spencer, who passed away on 27 June 2016.

(Translated from Italian)

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