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Bertolucci and Russian docs take pride of place at Pesaro

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Bertolucci and Russian docs take pride of place at Pesaro

The 47th Pesaro Film Festival, running from June 19-27, will show seven films in competition, hailing from all corners of the world.

Europe is represented by Sylvain George’s French black-and-white documentary May They Rest In Revolt (Figures of War) about the lives of migrants in Calais and by Lawrence Tooley’s German film Headshots [+see also:
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, which centres on a woman photographer in Berlin. The other titles hail from Korea (Park Jung-bum’s The Journals of Musan), Argentina (Gustavo Taretto’s Sidewalls), Thailand (Sivaroj Kongsakul’s Eternity), Sri Lanka (Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s Flying Fish) and Brazil (Hard Labor by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra).

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This edition’s guest of honour is once again Russia. The festival headed by Giovanni Spagnoletti thus intends to continue the dialogue about contemporary Russian cinema that started last year. While the 2010 edition offered an extensive monographic section celebrating "trendsetting" Russian films of the new millennium, focusing on narrative features, this year the spotlight will be on documentaries.

Meanwhile, the 25th special event on Italian cinema will celebrate the work of Bernardo Bertolucci, who last year received the Pesaro Nuovo Cinema Award. The director will be there for the retrospective dedicated to him (including some restored films) and will meet audiences on Saturday, June 25.

Finally, Open-air Cinema will offer a selection of titles from the festival’s main sections that are most suited to mainstream audiences. Italian preview screenings include Icíar Bollaín’s Even the Rain, about the water war in Bolivia. And in memory of the great Mario Monicelli, there will be a screening of his 1991 film Rossini! Rossini!, about the famous Pesaro-born composer.

(Translated from Italian)

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