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Sguardi Altrove celebrates cinema by women

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- After the pre-opening with Bad Roads by Ukrainian director Natalya Vorozhbit, the 29th edition of the festival will take place from 10 to 15 May in Milan

Sguardi Altrove celebrates cinema by women
Bad Roads by Natalya Vorozhbit

The 29th edition of the Sguardi Altrove Film Festival, dedicated to women's cinema and artistic languages, will take place from 10 to 15 May in Milan in a hybrid version after the success of the latest editions, which were extended to a wider and more distant audience through the streaming of films.

The festival management has decided to dedicate a pre-opening, on 27 April, to Ukrainian director Natalya Vorozhbit's debut feature Bad Roads [+see also:
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interview: Natalya Vorozhbit
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, presented at the 35th Venice Film Festival Critics' Week and selected to represent Ukraine at the 2022 Oscars (Italian release on 28 April with Trent Film). Opening the festival will be Amy J. Berg's Phoenix Rising, the documentary about actress Evan Rachel Wood's experience of domestic and psychological abuse perpetrated by musician Marilyn Manson.

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There are eight titles in the Nuovi Sguardi competition, including Walden [+see also:
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, the new film by filmmaker Bojena Horackova, which tells the story of a love affair between two young people in Lithuania in 1989; As I Want [+see also:
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, by Palestinian director Samaher Alqadi, about the mass sexual assaults that took place in Cairo's Tahrir Square in 2013; the Croatian film Murina [+see also:
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interview: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović
interview: Gracija Filipovic
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by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović (with Martin Scorsese as executive producer and winner of the Caméra d'or for Best Debut Feature at the latest Cannes Film Festival) about the country's chauvinist tendencies; Yuni [+see also:
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, by Indonesian director Kamila Andini, which deals with the theme of arranged marriages in a Muslim society; the French films Fragile [+see also:
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, the exhilarating feature debut of screenwriter and director Emma Benestan, and There Will Be No More Night [+see also:
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, a documentary by Eléonore Weber on the images captured by helicopters operating in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan; Il momento di passaggio by Chiara Marotta, winner of the Solinas Prize for its screenplay.

Seven titles are part of the #FrameItalia showcase: La ragazza ha volato [+see also:
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, the new film by Wilma Labate, presented at the Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti section; the documentary by director and video-artist Rä di Martino, presented at the Turin Film Festival, The Garden That Doesn’t Exist [+see also:
interview: Matteo Frittelli
film profile
]
; the road movie Cùntami by Giovanna Taviani; Portami a vedere la notte by Lia and Alberto Beltrami on the female condition in the Sinti and Roma communities; Donnadarte. Gigliola Rovasino, a documentary by Valerio Finessi on the great art gallery owner; Kurdbun - Essere curdo, by Fariborz Kamkari, a documentary on the siege of Cizre; and Natascia Bonacci's documentary L'Ultimo Gradino.

This year's new features include the out-of-competition sections Cinema (In)visibile and Women in Film and TV and Media, and a tribute to Lina Wertmüller, who recently passed away and was the first woman to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director in 1977. The reflection on "Seriality and New Frontiers for Women" continues this year, with a panel scheduled for 14 May.

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(Translated from Italian)

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