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LECCE 2023

Michael Winterbottom's Shoshana will open the 24th Lecce Film Festival

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- The European Film Festival is returning to the Italian city between 11 and 18 November with 10 international films battling it out for the Golden Olive

Michael Winterbottom's Shoshana will open the 24th Lecce Film Festival
Shoshana by Michael Winterbottom

Shoshana [+see also:
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, the new political thriller set in the Thirties and directed by Michael Winterbottom, is set to open the 24th edition of the European Film Festival, which is unspooling in Lecce between 11 and 18 November. Jostling in the line-up of this traditional, annual gathering dedicated to European film, overseen as ever by Alberto La Monica in the Salentine capital, are ten films screening in national premieres and competing for the Golden Olive - Cristina Soldano Prize, not to mention the Cinema & Reality section which showcases a selection of Italian documentaries, the Mario Verdone Prize awarded to a new, young Italian filmmaker, and a line-up dedicated to the finalists of the European Parliament’s Lux Audience Award.

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The 10 feature films set to battle it out in the official competition and selected by Alberto and Luigi La Monica are: Copenhagen Does Not Exist [+see also:
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by Martin Skovbjerg, Dead Girls Dancing [+see also:
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by Anna Roller, I Don’t Love You Anymore [+see also:
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by Zdeněk Jiráský, Légua [+see also:
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interview: Filipa Reis, João Miller Gu…
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by Filipa Reis and João Miller Guerra, Medium [+see also:
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interview: Christina Ioakeimidi
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by Christina Ioakeimidi, Midwives [+see also:
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interview: Léa Fehner
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by Léa Fehner, Remember To Blink [+see also:
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interview: Austėja Urbaitė
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by Austėja Urbaitė, Solitude [+see also:
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interview: Ninna Pálmadóttir
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by Ninna Pálmadóttir, Vasil [+see also:
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interview: Avelina Prat
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by Avelina Prat, and Woman On The Roof [+see also:
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by Anna Jadowska. The films will be assessed by a jury led by Bulgarian producer Stefan Kitanov and further composed of Albanian director Gentian Koçi, Italian director Wilma Labate, Slovenian producer Ales Pavlin, and Italian producer Angela Prudenzi.

The European Film Festival will also present 6 titles soon to be released in Italian cinemas, namely Giorni felici by Simone Petralia, 8 Days in August [+see also:
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interview: Samuel Perriard
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 by Samuel Perriard, Improvvisamente a Natale mi sposo by Francesco Patierno, I limoni d’inverno by Caterina Carone, and Toni [+see also:
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 by Nathan Ambrosioni.

Worth a mention in the Cinema & Reality section, meanwhile, is the first ever premiere of After the Bridge, directed by Davide Rizzo and Marzia Toscano, which tells the tale of an Italian woman who converted to Islam and whose life was subsequently devastated by the death of her son who belonged to the Jihadi group which killed eight people in the London Bridge area. There’s also Le Spose di BB by Stelvio Attanasi, an investigative film whose protagonists are all men, which is aimed at fighting gender-based violence and in which testimonies are gathered from a handful of participants in workshops aimed at combatting violence against women.

The directors in the running for the 14th Mario Verdone Prize are Carolina Cavalli by way of Amanda [+see also:
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, Davide Gentile via My Summer with the Shark [+see also:
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, Giacomo Abbruzzese with Disco Boy [+see also:
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, Niccolò Falsetti with Margins [+see also:
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and Pilar Fogliati with Romantic Girls [+see also:
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. This year’s Star of Italian Cinema is Micaela Ramazzotti, who’s the focus of a retrospective featuring five of the films she’s starred in, as well as her directorial debut Felicità [+see also:
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Two tributes are also set to be paid: one to Gianni Minà, with the presentation of Loredana Macchietti Minà’s docufilm Gianni Minà - Una vita da giornalista, and the other to the director who recently passed away Nico Cirasola, by way of a retrospective of his 6 feature films (Odore di Pioggia, Da do da, Albania Blues, Bell’Epoker, Focaccia Blues [+see also:
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and Rudy Valentino [+see also:
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).

Last but not least, the closing slot of the 24th European Film Festival is entrusted to La chimera [+see also:
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by Alice Rohrwacher.

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(Translated from Italian)

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