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The Noir in Festival as a journey through dark comedy and realism

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- From 6 to 12 December, the annual literature and cinema event will be returning to Como and Milan once more, offering up a tribute to Batman and a selection of recent genre films

The Noir in Festival as a journey through dark comedy and realism
4X4 by Mariano Cohn

The 29th edition of the Noir in Festival, scheduled to run from 6 to 12 December in Como and Milan under the stewardship of Giorgio Gosetti, Marina Fabbri and Gianni Canova (representative of the IULM – the University of Communications and Languages), will open with a trip down memory lane: the festival will be paying tribute to 80 years of Batman, the black knight who started life in graphic novel form and went on to become a huge cinematic icon.

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As regards the six films competing in the cinema line-up of the event - works which are set to be deliberated over by a jury composed of actress Lucia Mascino, director Patricia Mazuy and producer and festival manager Mira Staleva - we’ll find three works showcasing the “new wave” of South American cinema: the Chilean film Araña by Andrés Wood, the Brazilian title Bacurau [+see also:
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by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles, and the Argentine work 4X4 [+see also:
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by Mariano Cohn. Jostling alongside these are Dear Agnes by Daniel Alfredson, the last film in the Swedish Intrigo trilogy penned by Håkan Nesser (a guest of honour in the Festival’s literary line-up), the Korean film The Beast by Lee Jeong-ho (a remake of the class crime thriller 36 Quai des Orfèvres) and the Chinese title The Wild Goose Lake [+see also:
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by Diao Yinan, the film-revelation of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Authors attending the Festival as literary guests of honour – in addition to Håkan Nesser  -include the likes of Giancarlo de Cataldo, Gianrico Carofiglio, Maurizio De Giovanni and Donato Carrisi, all of whom are long-established names in the literary universe who also enjoy close links with the world of film and TV series, as well as emerging talent such as Piernicola Silvis.

As per the literary line-up, the Italian cinema section will also see this season’s finalists duking it out, in this instance for the Caligari Award: six Italian films will be screened and judged by the People’s Choice Jury in the IULM Auditorium in Milan. This section, too, is dominated by variety and the notion of genre transformation, as demonstrated by Donato Carrisi’s Kafkaesque Into the Labyrinth [+see also:
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and Guido Lombardi’s road movie Stolen Days [+see also:
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; by the realism of Renato De Maria’s Lo spietato [+see also:
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and Claudio Giovannesi’s Piranhas [+see also:
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, and; by the dark comedy characterising Vincenzo Alfieri’s Gli uomini d’oro [+see also:
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and Igort’s graphic novel turned film 5 Is The Perfect Number [+see also:
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. Not to mention the tribute that will paid out of competition to The Traitor [+see also:
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, highlighting the value of this work by Marco Bellocchio, who was awarded an Honorary Degree from the IULM just a few days ago.

Amongst the Special Events on the agenda, meanwhile, is a sneak peek at the new Swedish series Stockholm Requiem - based on the novels by Kristina Ohlsson - and a Career Acheivement award to be handed to a maestro who’s also a big name in the world of film noir, Bertrand Tavernier. The event will also host the eighth edition of the International Meeting for Independent Cinema (MICI), organised by the Italian General Association of Independent Film-Audiovisual Industries (AGICI) in association with the Festival (read our news).

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(Translated from Italian)

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