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The Noir in Festival starts back up in Milan and Como

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- The 26th edition of the festival will continue from 8-14 December, after moving from Courmayeur, with the Raymond Chandler Award going to Roberto Saviano and world premieres

The Noir in Festival starts back up in Milan and Como
Il permesso, 48 ore fuori by Claudio Amendola

“An ambitious experiment” according to Giorgio Gosetti, the artistic director with Marina Fabbri of the Noir in Festival, which is moving from Courmayeur to Como and Milan for this 26th edition, which will be held from 8 to 14 December. Fabbri speaks of the “exhausted relationship” between the festival and the city, which has hosted the event for years, and Gosetti indicates that the driving force behind the new location was the festival teaming up with IULM, the private Milan-based university of languages and communication. “This is the first time that an international festival is being hosted on a university campus” highlights Gianni Canova, a critic and History of Film professor.

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After an exceptional screening on 7 December to present Roberto Saviano with the Raymond Chandler Award (the writer’s latest book, La paranza dei bambini, hit bookshops just a few days ago), the festival will open the competition with eight films, which will be joined by two world premieres being shown out of competition, TV series, retrospectives and 15 writers who will be involved in debates each day. 

As well as Italian film Il permesso, 48 ore fuori [+see also:
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by Claudio Amendola, the screenplay for which was written by Giancarlo De Cataldo, in the running are Wulu [+see also:
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by Daouda Coulibaly, a sort of African Scarface; The Oath [+see also:
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, the latest film by Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur, who’s back in Iceland after international co-production Everest [+see also:
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; Iris [+see also:
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, the fourth feature film by French actor and director Jalil Lespert (Yves Saint Laurent [+see also:
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), which is a remake of Chaos by Japanese filmmaker Hideo Nakata starring Romain Duris and Charlotte Le Bon; Smoke and Mirrors [+see also:
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, a political thriller based on true events by Seville-born director Alberto Rodríguez; Argentinian film La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis, directed by Francisco Márquez and Andrea Testa; Blood Father [+see also:
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by Frenchman Jean-François Richet starring Mel Gibson, and finally Three by the master of action thrillers from Hong Kong Johnnie To, who previously won an award at Noir for Vendicami. Completing the programme are two world premieres being shown out of competition: A Bag of Marbles [+see also:
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by Christian Duguay (Belle and Sebastian, the Adventure Continues [+see also:
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) and the title that will close the festival, Collateral Beauty by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) starring Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley and Kate Winslet

There will be tributes to Dario Argento with the full restored edition of 4 Flies on Grey Velvet; to Fritz Lang with the film about him by Godron Maugg; to Paul Schrader and Jacques Toruneur with the two respective versions of Il bacio della pantera. Then there’s a nod to successful noir TV with Sky Atlantic: Le Bureau des légendes created by Eric Rochant with Mathieu Kassovitz, The Fall 3 created Allan Cubitt with Gillian Anderson and John Lynch, Quarry, created Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller, and The Killing Season created by Alex Gibney.

(Translated from Italian)

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