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The Nuovo Cinema Europa Festival gears up to unspool online from 12-18 December

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- The 11th edition of the festival dedicated to European first works will offer a week of screenings and debates in digital form, as well as live-streaming encounters with ten international guests

The Nuovo Cinema Europa Festival gears up to unspool online from 12-18 December
The Monument by Andrej Kolenčík

A week full of films, debates and events - namely seven feature films in competition, seven debates and ten international guests streaming live - are all on the agenda of Genoa’s 11th Nuovo Cinema Europa Festival, the international film gathering devoted to European first works and newcomer directors, which will this year unfold entirely online, between 12 and 18 December, as a result of COVID-19. Individual screenings will be held at predetermined times (5pm and 9pm), followed by live debates, in a festival which can be accessed free of charge, from anywhere in Italy, via the MYMovies website.

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The seven debut works competing in the event, of which four are Italian premieres, include films hailing from Slovakia, Poland, Finland, Germany, Spain, Greece, Albania, Cyprus and Austria. Vying for position we find Andrej Kolenčík’s adventure film for children The Monument (Slovakia); the film based on a disconcerting, real-life news story 25 Years of Innocence [+see also:
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, by Jan Holoubek (Poland); Maria Veijalainen’s comedy-drama Diva of Finland [+see also:
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, exploring friendships and envy between teenage girls in the age of social media (Finland); the 2019 Berlinale’s Best Debut Work Oray [+see also:
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by Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay (Germany); the 2020 Goya Awards’ Best Debut Work A Thief's Daughter [+see also:
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by Belén Funes (Spain) and, last but not least, Holy Boom [+see also:
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by Maria Lafi (Greece, Albania, Cyprus) and Cops [+see also:
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by Stefan A Lukacs (Austria).

Jostling among the guests set to take part in the festival’s debates we find Slovakian director Andrej Kolenčík; Finnish filmmaker Maria Veijalainen alongside Suvi-Tuuli, the protagonist of her film; Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay, the director of the German title in the offing; Maria Lafi, who helmed the Greek film on the bill, and Stefan A Lukacs, who’s responsible for the Austrian work on the agenda, flanked by his lead actors Laurence Rupp and Anton Noori.

The international jury, which is set to hand out its own award, is composed of Finland’s Hilla Okkonen (a producer for the Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy), Belgium’s Patrick Ridremont (a director who won acclaim in the fourth edition of Nuovo Cinema Europa with his first work Dead Man Talking [+see also:
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) and Italy’s Alice Spigno (a team member of the Ligurian initiative LAND – Local Audiovisual Network and Development), while the winners of the Audience Award and the UniGe Jury Prize are also scheduled to receive trophies, with the former jury invited to cast their votes once all the screenings are over, and the latter composed of students enrolled on the University of Genoa’s Film History and Criticism course.

Curated by the cultural association Profondità di Campo under the aegis of Angela Ferrari, the Nuovo Cinema Europa Festival is organised in league with the cultural institutions of Europe and with the support of both the Liguria region and the City of Genoa. Full details on the festival programme, as well as links to access the various screenings, debates and events, are all available here.

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(Translated from Italian)

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