Biografilm Art & Music


Join Biografilm Festival online from the 5th to the 15th of June for its sixteenth edition. Create an account for free, book a film and watch the online screening, accessible for 24 hours following the the start time indicated in the programme. 

The films and recorded talks with directors will be available to watch for free in their original languages with Italian subtitles for anyone who connects to the platform from within Italy. 



The films of Biografilm Art & Music:


Abbas by Abbas

by Kamy Pakdel (France, 2019, 53'), International Premiere

Abbas, iconic photographer member of the Magnum Agency, went on the scene of the great events that have shaken the world from the 70s to our days. Beyond being a witness of his time, it is fair to say that he was also its confidant. For the first time and through different chapters and thematics (violence, fanatism, chaos…), this film portrays an observer of the world and captures the last words of one of the most important photographer of our time. The screening of this film is in collaboration with MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna.


Being Eriko (Erikos verdener)

by Jannik Splidsboel (Denmark, Norway, 2020, 75'), International Premiere

From Kobe to Copenhagen and from the proper and polished to the wild and free. Opposites come together in the Japanese classical pianist and performance artist Eriko Makimura, who is facing and liberating herself from her past. Japanese Eriko Makimura is very talented on the piano. Her art and performances unite the grotesque, the polished and the delicate. But her perfectionism did not come for free, and Eriko has had to pay a high price. After growing up in a strict and disciplined childhood filled with humiliation and often wishing to be elsewhere, Eriko is finally on the path to find and accept herself – and to reunite herself with her passion for the pianoThe screening of this film is in collaboration with MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna.

Gli anni che cantano

Gli anni che cantano

by Filippo Vendemmiati (Italy, 2020, 90'), World Premiere

Supported by the Emilia-Romagna Region, the film traces the history of "Il Canzoniere delle Lame", a Bologna band that play political music with a strong social conscience. It takes us on a journey from the hippie and post '68 era to the end of the 70s, from Paris to Bologna where, on their way towards an unknown destination, Janna Carioli and the other former members of the Canzoniere delle Lame open up a dialogue with young musicians Jack (Le Altre di B) and Albi (Lo Stato Sociale). The story begins in France and transports us to Bologna, moving through Piazza Nettuno with the workers of the CGIL, to the Palasport, to a community theatre, along country roads and to the “Festa dell’Unità” social-democratic festivals of Emilia-Romagna... A space occupies the service station of Cantagallo in Sasso Marconi (Bologna) where, in 1971, the honorable Almirante was challenged by the workers. On this occasion Il Canzoniere wrote a song that became famous. A long journey for a light-hearted and partly nostalgic tour. The documentary is produced by Filandolarete and Be Open of the Open Group. Genome Films distribution.


Half Dream (Ban Meng)

by Dandan Liu (Germany, 2019, 86'), International Premiere

Half Dream is a personal documentary film about three Chinese former art students and their dream of creating art. Ten years after their graduation from the Peking Art Academy the film maker goes to find three of her former class mates in order to confront them with their common past, their creative urges to make art, and their current lives. The film portrays the one-child policy generation of the 1980s attempt to make their way through life amidst a society shaken from economic and social upheaval. A film about dealing with social realities and the profound need for individual expression and creativity in a life from which art is slowly disappearing. The screening of this film is in collaboration with MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna.


Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story

by Posy Dixon (United Kingdom, 2019, 63'), Italian Premiere

Beverly Glenn-Copeland wrote & self-released Keyboard Fantasies in 1986. Recorded in an Atari-powered home studio, the seven tracks were a folk-electronica hybrid, a sound realised far before its time. Three decades on the musician – now Glenn Copeland – began to hear from people worldwide, thanking him for the music they’d recently discovered. Courtesy of a rare-record collector, a reissue, and plays by Four Tet, Caribou & more, the music had finally found its audience. The film follows the protagonist committing his life & music to screen for the first time. Half aural-visual history, half DIY tour-video, the film allows our newly appointed queer elder to connect with youth across the globe. The screening of this film is in collaboration with Cassero LGBTI Center.

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Kubrick by Kubrick (Kubrick par Kubrick)

by Gregory Monro (France, Poland, 2020, 72'), Italian Premiere

Stanley Kubrick's mark on the legacy of cinema can never be measured. He was a giant in his field, his great works resembling pristine pieces of art, studied by students and masters alike, all searching for answers their maker was notoriously reticent to give. While he's among the most scrutinized filmmakers that ever lived, the chance to hear Kubrick’s own words was a rarity—until now. Through Michel Ciment, film critic internationally known for being expert on Stanley Kubrick, and our advisor for this film, we have access to a series of rare interviews that occurred during their 30 years of relationship. Combined with extraordinary resources that Kubrick’s family allowed us to use, the film draws an intimate portrait of one of the most recognized, but yet unheard, filmmaker of all times.


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Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power

by Peter Raymont, Nancy Lang (Canada, 2019, 92'), Italian Premiere

Poet and novelist, Margaret Atwood is a household name. Yet few know the private Margaret Atwood. Who is the woman and writer behind these stories? Our film crew keeps pace with Atwood and her partner Graeme Gibson as she jets to speaking engagements around the world, visits the set of The Handmaid’s Tale and takes a family holiday. The film explores Atwood’s “backstory”, her early days in the Canadian wilderness and as a poet. Atwood’s novels are explored, including her latest, The Testaments, the highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Personal stories are shared by friends, family and, of course, directly by Atwood herself. The screening of this film is in collaboration with Associazione Orlando and Biblioteca Italiana delle Donne.



My Rembrandt (Mijn Rembrandt)

by Oeke Hoogendijk (Netherlands, 2019, 95'), International Premiere

Aristocrats cherish, experts rule, art dealers hunt, collectors crave and museums battle for Rembrandt. 350 years after the grand master of intimacy’s death, entire nations are more than ever obsessed with the his paintings. My Rembrandt is an epic art thriller into the super exclusive world of the Old Masters collectors. The screening of this film is in collaboration with MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna.


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