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The Bolzano Film Festival Bozen will unfold in German and Italian

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- The festival’s 35th edition will unspool from 5 to 10 April, offering up 8 feature films and 8 documentaries from Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, as well as a focus on Albania and Kosovo

The Bolzano Film Festival Bozen will unfold in German and Italian
Atlas by Niccolò Castelli

“After two difficult years, we have been able to guarantee a physical edition of the festival, with many guests accompanying their films and attending talks. We’ve also decided to offer an online line-up of some of our films at the end of the festival”. This is how the director of the Bolzano Film Festival Bozen Helene Christanell introduced the 35th edition of the festival, which will unspool from 5 to 10 April in various locations across Bolzano as well as in Merano Bressanone and Caldaro.

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The Focus Europe line-up, which has been a feature of the festival since 2016, will be wholly dedicated to Albania and Kosovo this year, consisting of four feature films and four shorts, including Hive [+see also:
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, the first feature film by Kosovar director Blerta Basholli which won multiple awards at Sundance 2021 and is representing Kosovo at this year’s Oscars.

The programme is “   characterised by multiple works by young directors”, Christanell adds. “The feature films in competition home in on family and the role of the mother; this year’s documentaries on the other hand, focus on political outlooks on humanitarian emergencies and investigative journalism”. The Province of Bolzano Prize for the best film among the eight in competition, will be awarded by a jury composed of actress Eleonora Daniel, screenwriter Claudia Landsberger and director Corrado Ravazzini. Niccolò Castelli’s movie Atlas [+see also:
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will travel to the festival from Ticino, speaking of the long and painful struggle endured by terrorist attack survivor Allegra; Bolzano native Ronny Trocker is bringing Human Factors [+see also:
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to the festival, telling the story of a model European family who are thrown into crisis by a mysterious domestic break-in; Donato Rotunno offers up Io sto bene [+see also:
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, which explores the friendship between an elderly Italy emigrant in Luxembourg in the Sixties and a young woman trying to establish herself as a musician; director Sarah Blaßkiewitz is offering up Precious Ivie [+see also:
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, which speaks of a German girl of Senegalese origin caught between integration and racism; the documentary Märzengrund [+see also:
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, an Austrian/German co-production by Adrian Goiginger, revolves around an eighteen-year-old from an Austrian valley who chooses to retreat into solitude, surrounded only by nature; the difficulties inherent to the mother/son relationship are the focus of My Son, by Lena Stahl; Swiss Germany offers up Peter Luisi’s movie Prinzessin, which tells the story of the deep friendship uniting an uncle and his niece; and Italian director Giorgia Cecere is returning to Bolzano after an 11-year absence with Sulla Giostra [+see also:
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, a female-style comedy about accepting our destiny.

Charged with choosing the best work from among the eight selected documentaries, we find a jury composed of German journalist Moritz Holfelder, teacher and festival curator Sven Ilgner and Italian director Michela Occhipinti. Yuri Ancarani is competing in this section with Atlantide [+see also:
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, an international co-production about young people from the Venice lagoon region; making its way from Austria is Eva-Maria, by Lukas Ladner; and three Italian director - Pietro Marcello, Alice Rohrwacher and Francesco Munzi – are offering up Futura [+see also:
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. Germany’s Daniel Andreas Sager will also be attending with Behind the Headlines; Lithuanian/Italian directorial duo Virginija Vareikyte and Maximilien Dejoie with Ill Stand by You; Switzerland’s Marina Belobrovaja with Our Child [+see also:
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; Austria’s Jannis Lenz with Soldat Ahmet [+see also:
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, while Germany’s Manuela Federl will present The Game. Gambling Between Life and Death.

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(Translated from Italian)

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