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An “Archipelago” of shorts

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The 16th Arcipelago International Festival of Shorts and New Images (to be held June 13-19 in Rome) will feature two tributes: a focus on the 30 years of the Clermont-Ferrand Festival (with historical titles such as Mike Leigh’s A Sense of History and Peter Mullan’s Fridge) and the other dedicated to François Ozon.

Six shorts will be seen from the director of Under the Sand [+see also:
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, including X 2000, the work that, according to festival director Stefano Martina, more than any other “reveals the thread that unites his short films with the rest of his work.”

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There are a number of competitive sections, beginning with The Short Planet, which boasts 39 titles from throughout the world, including Italy, such as Adil e Yusuf by Claudio Noce (at Venice last year), Fabio Mollo’s Giganti (screened in Berlin and Split) and A Bicycle Trip by Marco Avoletta, Nandini Nambiar and Lorenzo Veracini. Also included is Eduardo Chapero-Jackson’s European Film Award-winning Alumbramiento, from Spain, like Revolt of the Mouses, a low-budget film with a strong visual impact.

Twenty Italian titles will make their domestic debut in the National Competition. From New York’s Tribeca Festival comes Il torneo by Michele Alhaique. There will also be four films produced by the National Film School, including Il figlio by Danish director Ulrik Brüel Gerber.

A complete retrospective will also be held on Corso Salani, a prize-winner at the latest Locarno Film Festival for Imatra. All of his short and medium-length films will be shown (and episodes, such as his debut film Voci d’Europa), as well as works that disappeared from circulation long ago, including the very early Danilo.

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(Translated from Italian)

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