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FESTIVALS Italy

Trieste FF: a meeting point for Central and Eastern Europe

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- Running on January 17-22, the festival will open with Danis Tanović and close with Andrzej Wajda and feature a curated selection of features, documentaries and shorts

Trieste FF: a meeting point for Central and Eastern Europe
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

The 25th edition of the Trieste Film Festival will open on January 17 with Academy Award winner Danis Tanović’s new film An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker [+see also:
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. The festival will come to a close on January 22 with Walesa. Man of Hope [+see also:
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 by Andrzej Wajda. The TFF has lost one of its seven days because of the economic crisis.  

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Presented on January 11 at the Magazzino delle Idee (the ideas magazine) by artistic directors Annamaria Percavassi and Fabrizio Grosoli with collaborators and city representatives by their sides, the programme has once more given space to films of the highest quality from Central and Eastern Europe.

In the running in the feature section of the competition is When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism [+see also:
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 by Romanian Corneliu Porumboiu, in competition recently in Locarno; Fine, Thanks [+see also:
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, Slovak Mátyása Prikler’s debut; The Notebook [+see also:
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, Hungarian János Szász’s debut, which won the feature film section at the last Festival of Karlovy Vary (coming out in Italy in April with Academy Two); The Gambler [+see also:
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by Lithuanian Ignas JonynasOctober November [+see also:
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by Austrian director Gotz Spielmann; Floating Skyscrapers [+see also:
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, second film by Polish Tomasz Wasilewski, best  “East of the West” in Karlovy Vary; Shame by Russian Jusuf Razyko; and Harmony Lessons [+see also:
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 by Kazakh Emir Baigazin.

The documentary section, including 11 pieces of work, is also of note. All films, including one Italian, The Special Need (L'amore secondo Enea) [+see also:
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 by Carlo Zoratti, will be enjoying their Italian premieres. Parole povere (distributed by Tucker Film) will be presented out of competition. Francesca Archibugi dedicated it to one of Italy’s biggest poets from the Friuli region, Pierluigi Cappello. Gianfranco Rosi, Golden Lion winner recently in Venice for his documentary Sacro GRA [+see also:
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, will conduct a master class on January 20 named “How to tell the story real life (and win a Golden Lion).”

A total of 16 titles have been selected to take part in the short competition. An out of competition section has been designed to include 15 animation shorts from Central and Eastern Europe.

The collaboration with Sky Arte will inaugurate this year a section named the Trieste FF Arthouse, dedicated to contaminations between cinema and contemporary art. An open meeting called "made in Friuli Venezia Giulia" will take place on Sunday, January 19 in order to evaluate what has been an extraordinary year for documentaries and fiction films made by directors from the region or in the region itself. Critics and audiences alike applauded films such as Zoran: my nephew the idiot by Matteo Oleotto, audience award during Critics’ Week in Venice and winner of many more at other international venues and TIR [+see also:
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by Alberto Fasulo, which won the Golden Marc’Aurelio at the Rome Festival.

(Translated from Italian)

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