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FESTIVALS Portugal

8 ½: the celebration of Italian cinema returns for its seventh edition

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- Five Portuguese cities will host the event, which this year will also screen Too Much Johnson, by Orson Welles

8 ½: the celebration of Italian cinema returns for its seventh edition

Five Portuguese cities (Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Funchal and Loulé) will host the seventh edition of the 8 ½ Festival, which is dedicated to Italian cinema, from 10 April until 18 May. 

The competition will open with the national premiere of Viva la libertà [+see also:
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, by Roberto Andò. A total of 39 titles are on the programme, including seven feature debuts and second feature films that will be duking it out for the Best Film Award in the competition section. It will fall to the jury, comprising actress Rita Blanco (La cage dorée [+see also:
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), singer Camané and former director of the Portuguese Film Museum Maria João Seixas, to pick the cream of the crop out of L’arbitro [+see also:
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interview: Paolo Zucca
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, by Paolo Zucca; La mafia uccide solo d’estate [+see also:
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interview: Pierfrancesco Diliberto
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, by Pif (Pierfrancesco Diliberto); La mia classe [+see also:
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interview: Daniele Gaglianone
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, by Daniele Gaglianone; La prima neve [+see also:
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, by Andrea Segre; Salvo [+see also:
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interview: Fabio Grassadonia and Anton…
interview: Sara Serraiocco
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, by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza; The Special Need [+see also:
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, by Carlo Zoratti; and Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot [+see also:
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interview: Matteo Oleotto
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, by Matteo Oleotto.

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The Panorama section, which features the opening film of the festival, also includes La sedia della felicità [+see also:
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, by Carlo Mazzacurati; L’intrepido [+see also:
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interview: Gianni Amelio
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]
, by Gianni Amelio; Smetto quando voglio [+see also:
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interview: Sydney Sibilia
film profile
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, by Sydney Sibilia; Via Castellana Bandiera [+see also:
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interview: Emma Dante
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, by Emma Dante; and Those Happy Years [+see also:
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interview: Daniele Luchetti
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, by Daniele Luchetti.

The competition will also pay tribute to the Giffoni Children’s Film Festival and the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. As part of the latter, there will be a screening of Too Much Johnson, the lost film that Orson Welles shot in 1938, which was premiered at Pordenone last October.

Alongside this, the Film Museum will present nine works by director Mario Bava, who created the Italian giallo genre of cinema, in a retrospective that will be attended by his son, Lamberto Bava, also a director.

(Translated from Spanish)

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