The Trieste Film Festival draws the map of central and eastern European cinema

The Trieste Film Festival draws the map of central and eastern European cinema

– The 34th edition of the main Italian event dedicated to Central and Eastern European films will be held from January 21 to 28

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The Trieste Film Festival is gathering together fans of Central and Eastern European cinema between 21 and 28 January for its 34th edition. “At the heart of our event,” explains director Nicoletta Romeo“is a macroscopic area, a genuine hotbed of talent which produces brave, diverse and often unconventional films each and every year, which are sometimes imperfect but always bursting with vitality and courage. A kind of cinema that’s in constant dialogue with reality, analyzing and transforming it, and making it universal. What we’re trying to do is to draw up the most exhaustive map possible of an incredibly multifaceted film offering, whether films about love or war, comedies or thrillers, militant documentaries or film essays.”

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Nine titles are battling it out in the Feature Film Competition, set to be judged by Weronika Czolnowska, Beatrice Fiorentino and Stefan Ivancic. From Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section come two films, Romania’s metronom [+lire aussi :
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, which earned Alexandru Belc the Best Director prize, and Ukraine’s Butterfly Vision [+lire aussi :
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by Maksym Nakonečnyjwhich tells a story about a prison in the Donbass region. Fucking Bornholm [+lire aussi :
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by Anna Kazejak is a caustic Polish comedy, while the meaning of love and life is at the heart of Georgian director George Ovashvili‘s Beautiful Helen. An invisible war is fought in Croatian filmmaker Juraj Lerotic‘s autobiography Safe Place [+lire aussi :
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which won multiple awards at the latest Locarno Film Festival, while rings [+lire aussi :
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by Iraqi-Austrian director Kurdwin Ayub was crowned Best First Work at the 2022 Berlinale. The world of female culturalism is central to Gentle [+lire aussi :
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by Hungary’s Laszlo Csuja and Anna Eszter Nemeswhich was presented at Sundance, and Blackstone by Greek filmmaker Spiros Jacovids is a mockumentary blending black humor and social critique, while one young person’s amnesia in Marko Santic‘s Slovenian movie Wake Me [+lire aussi :
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reflects the revisionism characteristic of an entire society.

Added to these are six titles screening out of competition: Italian works The Adventures of Gigi the Law [+lire aussi :
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by Alessandro Comodin and jailbird [+lire aussi :
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by Andrea MagnaniPolish movie Bread and Salt [+lire aussi :
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by Damian KocurCzech title Somewhere Over the Chemtrails [+lire aussi :
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interview : Adam Koloman Rybanský
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by Adam Koloman Rybanskyand Slovakia’s Victim [+lire aussi :
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by Michal Blasko.

Eleven films feature in the Documentary Competition, meanwhile (judged by Rok Bicek, Freddy Olson and Julia Sinkevych), including Blue/Red/Deport by Lithuania’s Lina LuzyteCroatian movie Deserters by Damir Markovinaand Latvia’s Sisters in Longing by Elita Kaviņawhile another six documentaries are set to screen out of competition, including Mariupolis 2 [+lire aussi :
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by Mantas Kvedaraviciuswhich bagged the title of Best Documentary at the European Film Awards.

The Perfect Number by Krzysztof Zanussi will provide the festival with an opportunity to bestow the Eastern Star Award upon the Polish master, while four Special Events are also on the agenda: He boemo [+lire aussi :
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by Petr Vaclavwhich follows the adventures of the eighteenth century composer who was a rival to Mozart, Josef Mysliveček; The estate sta finendo – Appunti su Furiowhich is the new short film by Laura Samaniwho directed the multi-award-winning movie Small Body [+lire aussi :
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; Macedonia’s The Happiest Man in the World [+lire aussi :
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by Teona Strugar Mitevska, which earned itself a round of applause in Venice; and Souvenir from Italy by Giorgio Verdelliwhich paints a portrait of musician and showman Lelio Luttazzi.

Divided into three selections, the Short Film Competition will offer up seventeen titles, while several other films are also set to screen out of competition, including Radu Jude‘s new work The Potemkinists. Other sections confirmed for this year are Off the Beaten… Screens, Wild Roses: Women Directors in Europe, and the Corso Salani Prize.

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