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The Noir in Festival to unspool in December and hand out the Caligari Prize

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- The event combining literature and film is back with a prize to reward the best Italian crime movie of 2017, plus an international competition chock-full of European titles

The Noir in Festival to unspool in December and hand out the Caligari Prize
Love and Bullets by the Manetti Bros

The 27th edition of the Noir in Festival will unspool from 3-10 December in both Milan and Como, and a brand-new addition will be the Caligari Prize, a competition reserved for the best Italian crime movies released during the latest film season, in a year that has been particularly favourable for the genre. As pointed out by joint artistic director Marina Fabbri this morning, as the line-up of this year’s edition was unveiled, “The competition dedicated to an unforgettable director who passed away recently, Claudio Caligari – the man who made the seminal noir film The Scent of the Night just 20 years ago – includes eight recent titles, some of which have been less widely seen, while others have been more highly rewarded at the box office.” The movies in question are Omicidio all’italiana [+see also:
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by Maccio Capatonda; Sicilian Ghost Story [+see also:
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by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza; Love and Bullets [+see also:
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interview: Marco and Antonio Manetti
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by the Manetti Bros; Falchi [+see also:
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by Toni D’Angelo; Cinderella the Cat [+see also:
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by Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri and Dario Sansone; La ragazza nella nebbia [+see also:
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by Donato Carrisi; Children of the Night [+see also:
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by Andrea De Sica; and Monolith [+see also:
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by Ivan Silvestrini. The winner will be chosen by a jury made up of the general public – and more specifically, young students and film enthusiasts.

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The indisputable star of this historic festival that combines noir literature and film will be the great Canadian author Margaret Atwood, who will be given the Raymond Chandler Award in Como after she attends an event at the Gian Giacomo Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan. The Italian guests include authors Simona Vinci, Paola Barbato, Antonella Lattanzi, Marco Vichi, Roberto Costantini, Marcello Fois, Donato Carrisi and Carlo Lucarelli, who will be flanked by Spaniard Marcos Chicot and France’s Bernard Minier.

The film competition is almost entirely European, with eight national premieres, encompassing female-driven vendettas, romantic melodramas, rural noirs and high-octane thrillers: Mrs. Hyde [+see also:
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by Serge Bozon, starring Isabelle Huppert, who will be in attendance at the festival; Spain’s Giant [+see also:
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interview: Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño
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by Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi; another French title, Burn Out by Yann Gozlan; Finland’s Euthanizer [+see also:
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interview: Teemu Nikki
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by Teemu Nikki, which will be distributed in Italy by I Wonder; You Were Never Really Here [+see also:
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Q&A: Lynne Ramsay
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by Lynne Ramsay, a UK-French production starring Joaquin Phoenix (Italian distribution by Europictures); The Nile Hilton Incident [+see also:
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interview: Tarik Saleh
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by Tarik Saleh, starring Fares Fares, set in Cairo, and produced by Sweden, Denmark and Germany, with Italian distribution courtesy of Movies Inspired; the Indonesian noir western Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts [+see also:
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by Mouly Surya (Indonesia/France/Malaysia/Thailand – released in Italy by Lab 80 film); and Tomato Red [+see also:
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by Dublin-born actress-director Juanita Wilson (Ireland/Canada). Out of competition, audiences will be able to see My Cousin Rachel by Roger Michell, starring Rachel Weisz and based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, and from the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Wonderstruck by Todd Haynes, starring Julianne Moore and newcomer Millicent Simmonds.

Two special events will be dedicated to Italian cinema: a tribute to crime movie “maverick” Enzo G Castellari, and the revelation of a recent, independently produced cult movie, Il demone di Laplace by Giordano Giulivi, which was showered with awards all over the world but was overlooked in Italy.

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