The Visioni dal Mondo International Documentary Festival kicks off in Milan
by Camillo De Marco
- Milan’s documentary event will run until Sunday 15 September, screening L’uomo che visse tre volte, Bellingcat - Truth in a Post-Truth world, The Feminister and many more
One of the main events of the second edition of Milan MovieWeek, a week dedicated to the seventh art - film and all things audiovisual - kicked off today in Milan: the 5th Visioni dal Mondo, Immagini dalla Realtà International Documentary Festival, running until Sunday 15 September, will feature 30 screenings of documentaries – accessible to the public free of charge via the Litta Theatre and the Leonardi da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology – all giving a true account of the major social issues of the day, namely neuroscience and technology, investigative journalism and manipulated news, minorities’ and women’s rights, society and the environment, globalisation, immigration and new frontiers in biology. The Industry event Visioni Incontra, open to accredited guests only, is likewise eagerly awaited and will be held during the first two days of the Festival, on 12 and 13 September, under the curation of Cinzia Masòtina.
“New additions this year include the competition “A Window onto the Future” and, to this end, a great number of documentary films have made their way to us from all over the world, all with the aim of recounting reality”, observes Francesco Bizzarri, the Festival’s founder and director who’s shored up in his work by artistic director Fabrizio Grosoli. Human Nature by Adam Bolt is set to open the event, while premieres in the International Panorama section will include Bellingcat - Truth in a Post-Truth World [+see also:
film profile] by Hans Pool, a film which leads the viewer inside the exclusive, inner world of the ‘investigative citizen journalism’ collective, otherwise known as Bellingcat; The Feminister, directed by Viktor Nordenskiold, commemorating the actions of Margot Wallström, a Swedish social-democrat minister known for her courageous feminist agenda; Hunting for Hedonia by Pernille Rose Grønkjær, exploring how Deep Brain Stimulation technology can have an impact on human identity, all based upon the pioneering research of American psychiatrist Robert Heath, and; When Tomatoes Met Wagner [+see also:
film profile] by Marianna Economou, an edifying and captivating humanistic story about a small farming village in central Greece which is slowly dying out. As if this weren’t enough, there’s also Buddha in Africa by Nicole Schafer, La Pyramide Invisible by Armel Hostiou and Le Royaume by Laurent Reyes.
Twelve titles will battle it out in the Italian competition ‘Stories of the Contemporary World’ where young, Italian filmmakers will vie for various prizes. Participants include: Baladi’-This is my village by Cristiano Regina; I Am Mariam Binladen by Vito Robbiani; Il principe delle pezze by Alessandro di Ronza; Il tempo lungo by Andrea Canepari; Ma quando arriva la mamma? by Stefano Ferrari; Marisol by Camilla Iannetti; Minor by Matteo Bontempi, Giacomo Mantovani, Andrea Panni and Pietro Repisti; No Kids For Me Thank You by Linda Nyman; Processi (Perturbazione Lucifero) by Adriana Ferrarese; Quando non puoi tornare indietro by Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso, Res Creata by Alessandro Cattaneo, and; The Valley by Nuno Escudeiro. Nine will be the number of documentary films screened Out of Competition, including exclusive premieres of Massimo Ferrari’s IO e LEI, focusing on Alda Merini and Franca Rame, and L’uomo che visse tre volte, Irish Braschi’s documentary film about Mario Pirani.
(Translated from Italian)
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