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BIF&ST 2018

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Oscar winners Bertolucci, Tornatore and Storaro head to Bif&st

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- The festival's new edition (21-28 April in Bari) will welcome 12 films from all over the world in competition, as well as master classes by Martone, von Trotta, Favino, Ramazzotti and Albanese

Oscar winners Bertolucci, Tornatore and Storaro head to Bif&st
Directors Bernardo Bertolucci and Giuseppe Tornatore and director of photography Vittorio Storaro

The programme for the 9th edition of Bif&st - Bari International Film Festival has been announced. The event is due to take place from 21 to 28 April at the prestigious Teatro Petruzzelli and will be opened by Roman J. Israel, Esq. by Dan Gilroy starring Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell, which will be followed by Unsane by Steven Soderbergh, The Reports on Sarah and Saleem [+see also:
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by Muayad Alayan, La Douleur [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Finkiel starring Mélanie Thierry and Benoît Magimel and Prima che la notte by Daniele Vicari, starring Fabizio Gifuni and Lorenza Indovina.  

The festival’s International Panorama section – conceived and directed by Felice Laudadio and chaired by Margarethe von Trotta – will include 12 films from all over the world in competition. A jury of 30 spectators – presided over by the writer Gianluca Carofiglio – will be awarding the three Bif&st International prizes for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. The selected films are What Will People Say [+see also:
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by Iram Haq, The Charmer [+see also:
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interview: Milad Alami
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by Milad Alami, The Benefit of the Doubt [+see also:
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interview: Samuel Tilman
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by Samuel Tilman, Fortuna [+see also:
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by Germinal Roaux, Barley Fields on the Other Side of the Mountain by Tian Tsering, 12th Man [+see also:
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by Harald Zwart, Anna’s Warby Aleksej Fedorčenko, Xolo by Giuseppe Valentino, The Last Note by Pantelis Voulgaris, The Captain [+see also:
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interview: Robert Schwentke
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by Robert Schwentke, One Step Behind the Seraphim [+see also:
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interview: Daniel Sandu
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by Daniel Sandu and Northern Wind [+see also:
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by Walid Mattar.

The debut and second feature films in competition in the ItaliaFilmFest section include A Ciambra [+see also:
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by Jonas Carpignano, Ugly Nasty People [+see also:
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by Cosimo Gomez, Pure Hearts [+see also:
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interview: Roberto De Paolis
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by Kevin Daly, Cinderella the Cat [+see also:
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interview: Alessandro Rak
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by Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri and Dario Sansone, Hannah [+see also:
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by Andrea Pallaoro, Daughter of Mine [+see also:
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interview: Laura Bispuri
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by Laura Bispuri, Tainted Souls [+see also:
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interview: Matteo Botrugno, Daniele Co…
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by Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini, La ragazza nella nebbia [+see also:
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by Donato Carrisi, The Intruder [+see also:
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by Leonardo Di CostanzoSicilian Ghost Story [+see also:
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by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, Tito and the Aliens [+see also:
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interview: Paola Randi
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by Paola Randi and Poison – The Land of Fires [+see also:
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by Diego Olivares. The ever-popular cinema lectures will be given by Pierfrancesco Favino (Saturday, 21 April), Micaela Ramazzotti (Monday 23), Antonio Albanese (Tuesday 24), Mario Martone (Wednesday 25), Margarethe von Trotta (Thursday 26), Vittorio Storaro (Friday 27) and  Bernardo Bertolucci (Saturday 28). Di Bertolucci is also due to close Bi&st on Saturday 28 April with a restored version of Last Tango in Paris from the Cineteca Nazionale del Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, which will be screened in the presence of the director.

There will also be two retrospectives at Bif&st 2018: the first, in collaboration with CSC-Cineteca Nazionale, is dedicated to Marco Ferreri and will include feature films, short films, documentaries, TV films, and documentaries about the director and will also include a large photography exhibition created in collaboration with the Cineteca Nazionale. The second exhibition is dedicated to the producer Franco Cristaldi, with films and discussions in the presence of directors such as Giuseppe Tornatore, as well as actresses, actors and critics. On 22 April there will be a tribute to Armando Trovajoli at the Teatro Petruzzelli called Armando Trovajoli – the music between theatre and cinema.

(Translated from Italian)

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