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The Lake Como Film Festival opens with Sicilian Ghost Story

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- The event dedicated to the union between film and landscapes will this year take place in two parts in different locations. The competition will feature seven international titles

The Lake Como Film Festival opens with Sicilian Ghost Story
Sicilian Ghost Story by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza

The fifth edition of the Lake Como Film Festival kicked off yesterday, Sunday 25 June, with the screening of Sicilian Ghost Story [+see also:
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by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, the film that won the Nastro d’Argento Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay, after opening Critics’ Week at Cannes 2017. Dedicated as always to the union between film and landscapes, this year’s edition of the Lake Como Film Festival is building on and highlighting its travelling vocation by experimenting with and proposing a selection in which urban and natural elements alternate on and off screen: documentaries, fictional films, investigative films and short films – all brought together by their landscapes, as well as detailed studies, special events and meetings with the writers.

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The first part of the Festival (25 June – 6 July) will take place in the former Monastery of Sant’Abbondio, where Longscapes will be presented (25 June – 2 July), an international competition for feature films that demonstrate a close link between film and landscapes. Seven titles, which have yet to be distributed in Italy and have been shown in the most prestigious of international film festivals, will battle it out for the Longscapes Award. Kicking things off is Two Lovers and a Bearby Kim Nguyen (Canada), which will be followed by Burning Birds [+see also:
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by Sanjeewa Pushpakumara (Sri Lanka/France), Gulîstan, Land of Roses [+see also:
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by Kurdish director Zaynê Akyol (Canada/Germany), Mimosas [+see also:
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interview: Oliver Laxe
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by Oliver Laxe (Spain/France/Morocco/Qatar), Spoor [+see also:
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interview: Zofia Wichlacz
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by Agnieszka Holland (Poland/Germany/Czech Republic/Sweden/Slovakia), Bokeh by Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan (United States), and The Eremites [+see also:
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by Ronny Trocker (Germany/Austria).

The Notti di viaggio in città section (30 June – 1 and 15 July), will instead be presented in Piazza Grimoldiand will feature The Odyssey [+see also:
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by Jérôme Salle, a biographical film about great documentary-maker Jacques Cousteau and his highly personal odyssey; documentary Before the Flood by Fisher Stevens, on the climate emergency our planet is in, produced by Leonardo Di Caprio and A Hologram for the King [+see also:
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by Tom Tykwer, the film adaptation of Dave Eggers’ book A Hologram for the King, starring Tom Hanks.

From 10 to 16 July, the second part of the Lake Como Film Festival will present Lungo la riva, a section dedicated to the relationship between man and landscapes through different languages, styles, methods: the selection features Song of the Sea [+see also:
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interview: Tomm Moore
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by Tomm Moore (Ireland/Denmark/Belgium/France) and The Mill and the Cross [+see also:
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interview: Lech Majewski
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by Lech Majewski (Sweden/Poland).

(Translated from Italian)

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