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VENICE 2018 Orizzonti

Alessio Cremonini’s On My Skin to open Orizzonti

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- The Mostra’s competitive section dedicated to new trends in world cinema will get under way with the film on the Stefano Cucchi case, starring Alessandro Borghi; 19 films are in the selection

Alessio Cremonini’s On My Skin to open Orizzonti
On My Skin by Alessio Cremonini

“It’s a very special film, bolstered by an incredible performance.” This is how festival director Alberto Barbera introduced the opening film of the Orizzonti section as he presented the Official Selection of the Venice Film Festival in Rome earlier today. Orizzonti is widely known as the “second competition” of the Italian gathering, the jam-packed 75th edition of which will unspool from 29 August-8 September (see the news). The movie in question is On My Skin [+see also:
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 by Alessio Cremonini, about the Stefano Cucchi case – in it, the 30-year-old Roman, who died in October 2009 in mysterious circumstances while in police custody in the Regina Coeli prison, will be played by Alessandro Borghi.

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There are a total of 19 films in the section dedicated to new trends in world cinema, which will be weighed up by a jury chaired by Greek director Athina Tsangari, and comprising US director Michael Almereyda, Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Aria, French film critic Frédéric Bonnaud, Egyptian screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy, Canadian director Alison Mclean and Italian filmmaker Andrea Pallaoro. Among the selected titles are two additional Italian movies, both of which are feature debuts: If Life Gives You Lemons [+see also:
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 by Ciro D’Emilio, “a little film that risks going unnoticed but which, much like Manuel [+see also:
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]
 last year, could well become an unexpected sensation. Not to be underestimated,” opines Barbera; and The Armadillo's Prophecy [+see also:
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]
 by Emanuele Scaringi, based on the graphic novel by cartoonist Michele Rech, also known as Zerocalcare. 

Rocking up from France are the debuts by Mikhaël Hers (Amanda [+see also:
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interview: Mikhaël Hers
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]
) and Sarah Marx (L’Enkas [+see also:
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interview: Sarah Marx
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]
). The rest of the selection spans the entire world, but sees unwavering European involvement: among other films, Orizzonti will screen A Twelve-Year-Night [+see also:
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interview: Álvaro Brechner
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]
, the third feature by Uruguay’s Álvaro Brechner (a co-production between Spain, Argentina and France), the autobiographical feature debut Deslembro [+see also:
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 by Flavia Castro (Brazil/France/Qatar) and the Kazakh title The River [+see also:
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interview: Emir Baigazin
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]
 by Emir Baigazin, co-produced by Poland and Norway. Furthermore, we should mention Israel’s Stripped [+see also:
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interview: Yaron Shani
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]
 by Yaron Shani (co-produced by Germany), the first chapter in a trilogy that, in Barbera’s view, brings to light “a great directorial talent”, and the third film by Palestinian auteur Sameh ZoabiTel Aviv on Fire [+see also:
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, a satirical comedy on the culture clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, co-produced by Luxembourg, France, Israel and Belgium.

Here is the complete list of films in the 2018 Orizzonti selection:

On My Skin [+see also:
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 - Alessio Cremonini (Italy) (opening film)
Manta Ray [+see also:
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 - Phuttiphong Aroonpheng (Thailand/France/China)
Soni - Ivan Ayr (India)
The River [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Emir Baigazin
film profile
]
 - Emir Baigazin (Kazakhstan/Poland/Norway)
A Twelve-Year-Night [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Álvaro Brechner
film profile
]
 - Álvaro Brechner (Spain/Argentina/France)
Deslembro [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
 - Flavia Castro (Brazil/France/Qatar)
The Announcement [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
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]
 - Mahmut Fazil Coşkun (Turkey/Bulgaria)
If Life Gives You Lemons [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
 - Ciro D’Emilio (Italy)
Charlie Says - Mary Harron (USA)
Amanda [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mikhaël Hers
film profile
]
 - Mikhaël Hers (France)
The Day I Lost My Shadow [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Soudade Kaadan
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]
 - Soudade Kaadan (Syria/Lebanon/France/Qatar)
L’Enkas [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sarah Marx
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]
 - Sarah Marx (France)
The Man Who Surprised Everyone [+see also:
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 - Natasha MerkulovaAleksey Chupov (Russia/Estonia/France)
Memories of My Body - Garin Nugroho (Indonesia/Australia)
As I Lay Dying - Mostafa Sayyari (Iran)
The Armadillo's Prophecy [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
 - Emanuele Scaringi (Italy)
Stripped [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Yaron Shani
film profile
]
 - Yaron Shani (Israel/Germany)
Jinpa - Pema Tseden (China)
Tel Aviv on Fire [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sameh Zoabi
film profile
]
 - Sameh Zoabi (Luxembourg/France/Israel/Belgium)

(Translated from Italian)

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