In Milan, documentaries are a “Window on the World”
by Camillo De Marco
- At the second edition of the gathering, 14 Italian titles are in competition, 9 international films will have their Italian premieres, and the newest addition is an industry section
From 5-9 October, the A Window on the World – Images from Reality International Documentary Festival comes back to Milan's UniCredit Pavilion. Now celebrating its second edition (with actress and director Cristiana Capotondi as its godmother), the festival will present a programme rich in premieres, meetings and master classes, in addition to the first edition of the new industry section, Visioni Incontra, a dedicated meeting place for works in progress by Italian documentarians and professionals from the sector, such as seasoned TV editors, major cinema circuits, platforms, acquisition managers, sales agents, producers, distributors and festival directors.
During Visioni Incontra, organised in conjunction with the Lombardia Film Commission and coordinated by Cinzia Masòtina, the 15 best Italian documentary projects – still classed as works in progress – will be presented, after being selected from among those registered following the competition announcement. Two pitches of documentaries in progress are also due to be presented, out of competition: firstly, thanks to the partnership with Doc/it – The Association of Italian Documentarians, Rhapsody in June by Barbara Andriano and Guendalina di Marco, which won the DWA - Doc/it Women Award, announced in the Venice Days; and L’uomo e la bestia, the new participatory film in development, the idea for which was conceived by Antonietta De Lillo's Marechiarofilm. Besides the pitching session, Visioni Incontra will also offer a number of panels to provide in-depth analyses of the new Cinema Law; Creative Europe - MEDIA: funds, networking and training; marketing and promotion; sources of funding; and co-production working methods.
The beating heart of the festival directed by Fabrizio Grosoli is the competition intended for young Italian filmmakers. Over 200 documentary films were received, tackling profound and important subjects such as justice and the law, gender identity, integration and education. The 14 titles in competition are: A Seafish from Africa-Il mio amico Banda by Giulio Filippo Giunti, Ero Malerba by Tony Trupia, Il Presidente del Mondo by Francesco Merini and Michele Cogo, Io, assistente sessuale by Stefano Ferrari, La Spada Invisibile by Massimiliano Cocozza, L’Estate che verrà by Claudia Cipriani, Lunàdigas by Nicoletta Nesler and Marilisa Piga, My Nature by Massimiliano Ferraina, Primadonna by Daniele Gangemi, Clelia Scimone, Ludovico Serra and Veronica Vescio, Processi by Adriana Ferrarese, Sotterranea-Viaggio in tre atti nel ventre di Milano by Chiara Campara, Matteo Ninni and Carlo Tartivita, The Viagra Chronicles by Chiara Sambuchi, The Weight of Dreams by Francesco Mattuzzi, and Uncut by Emanuele Zuccalà and Simona Ghizzoni.
Meanwhile, the International Panorama is a section dedicated to screening nine international titles which will be having their Italian premieres at the festival, many of which have already won awards at the most prestigious international gatherings. They address important topics such as migration and integration, the web and privacy, the power of education, the bravery of women, the eradication of minorities and the explosive force of the imagination. These are the titles in the section: Rupture: Living With My Broken Brain by Hugh Hudson, produced by Maryam D'Abo; Life, Animated by Roger Ross Williams, which won at Sundance; Why I’m Not on Facebook by Brant Pinvidic; Everything’s Under Control by Werner Boote, about privacy and the control that Facebook, Amazon and Google have over us; The Bad Kids by Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe; What Tomorrow Brings by Beth Murphy; The Crossing by George Kurian; Nice People by Karin Af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson; and Clandestino - El ejército perdido de la CIA by David Beriain, produced by Discovery.
(Translated from Italian)