Contemporary Lives


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 Contemporary Lives:


#Unfit - The Psychology of Donald J. Trump

by Dan Partland (USA, 2020, 83'), Italian Premiere

An eye-opening and shattering analysis of the behavior, psyche, condition, and stability of Donald J. Trump. After years of empirical observation, for the first time ever, prominent mental health professionals present their observations on camera as part of their ethical “Duty to Warn” the public of imminent danger.

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Always Amber

by Lia Hietala, Hannah Reinikainen (Sweden, 2020, 76'), Italian Premiere

Amber is a 17-year-old teen. Together with best friend Sebastian, the two queer youngsters share a world far away from the judging eyes of society. When Amber falls in love with Charlie, something challenges their Utopia. Trust issues emerge, and in the midst of it all Amber goes through transition alone. Always Amber is a unique insight into a new generationThe screening of this film is in collaboration with Cassero LGBTI Center.

Angels On Diamond Street

Angels on Diamond Street

by Petr Lom (Netherlands, Norway, 2019, 88'), Italian Premiere

A film about three inspiring women fighting for social justice in an African American church in impoverished North Philadelphia. One day, a Mexican undocumented immigrant asks the church for sanctuary. We follow head cook Mamie, former Black Panther Barbara, and Pastor Renee at the soup kitchen of the Church of the Advocate: a national monument with a rich history in the civil rights movement. When a desperate undocumented Mexican mother asks for sanctuary to protect her and her four children from deportation, she is welcomed with open arms to live in the church. A documentary about compassion that invites us to forget about all borders, be they of race, nationality or religionThe screening of this film is in collaboration with Piazza Grande.


Fat Front

by Louise Unmack Kjeldsen, Louise Detlefsen (Denmark, 2019, 87'), Italian Premiere

Fat Front is the story about young Scandinavian women who have had enough of self-hatred and shame and proudly call themselves FAT. They demand respect and recognition in a diet-fixated society while struggling with their lack of self-worth. For too long they have put their lives on hold. Waited to buy clothes, go out dancing and find love – until the day they would be skinny. The day never came. But they found each other and the body positive movement. Now they set their rolls and wobbly thighs free and use their bodies as activist tools. With the provocative tone of feminism and an artistic approach to the natural beauty of the body this film will change the way we view bodies. It is a film about shame and uprising but also a humoristic and heart-warming journey with a bunch of young, energetic women. The screening of this film is in collaboration with Associazione Orlando and Biblioteca Italiana delle Donne.


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The Forum (Das Forum)

by Marcus Vetter (Germany, Switzerland, 2019, 92'), Italian Premiere

In times of rampant populism and growing mistrust of the elite, director Marcus Vetter accompanies the 81-year-old founder of the controversial World Economic Forum over a period of two years, as he works to achieve his mission: to improve the state of the world. When Klaus Schwab writes a letter to climate activist Greta Thunberg after her appearance at the WEF 2019, a dialogue between the generations starts – a dialogue that gives hope. Can Klaus Schwab‘s vision bear fruit and can the WEF contribute to solving global problems? Or is it just another part of the problem and ultimately serves the interests of the global elite?


love child

Love Child

by Eva Mulvad (Denmark, 2019, 110'), Italian Premiere

Love Child offers a poignant portrait of Leila and Sahand, an Iranian couple who, outlawed for their love, flee the country with their four-year-old son, Mani. In Tehran, they committed the crime of having a secret affair while being married to other people and were forbidden to get divorced. Neither could they acknowledge that Mani was an illegitimate child since adultery can be punished with execution in Iran. Intimately filmed over five years, we follow their quest to be together, battling with both Iranian and European law, their lives in limboThe screening of this film is in collaboration with WeWorld and Terra di Tutti Film Festival.


Merry christmas yiwu

Merry Christmas, Yiwu

by Mladen Kovačević (Sweden, Serbia, France, Germany, Belgium, Qatar, 2020, 94'), Italian Premiere

Communist ideals have long lost their value in Yiwu, a city with 600 Christmas factories, in which Christmas as we know it is produced for the entire world. With rising factory wages, most workers can now afford newest iPhones, but they still live in crowded factory dormitories, all migrants in their own country. Stuck in between the Chinese traditions and the newly discovered Chinese dream, they want their own businesses, they want to be rich, to be independent, to be in love.


Self portrait

Self Portrait (Selvportrett)

by Katja Hogset, Margreth Olin, Espen Wallin (Norway, 2020, 77'), Italian Premiere

Lene Marie Fossen, a world class photographer, suffers from anorexia. She stopped eating at the age of ten. Intent on exposing the shame around anorexia and confronting her disease, her art is naked and honest. Self Portrait is Lene Marie’s journey and struggle. “If only it was about snapping your fingers and beginning to eat again.” In October 2019, at only 33, Lene Marie passed away. She watched the film before, together with her parents wishing for it to be released worldwide. 



Termite (Mouriyaneh)

by Masoud Hatami (Iran, 2019, 86'), Italian Premiere

Tara and Peyman, a young married couple who have recently begun life together, are traveling to their home town to sell their old state. They are actors and actresses of a narrative in which the edge of reality is confused, and fiction is interwoven in reality. During their journey, decisions, secrets, and lies leave them with a different understanding of themselves and their surroundings. Their narrative is the story of a decision to survive or to lose. During the journey, the past, the present, and the future haunt everyone, even its recorders.


we were not born refugees

We Were Not Born Refugees (No nacimos refugiados)

by Claudio Zulian (Spagna, 2020, 82'), World Premiere

‘We Were Not Refugees’ tells the unique stories of eight refugees whose lives cross in a European city - Barcelona. Iryna, Mohamad, Gabriel, Boris, José Luis, Mahmoud, Maysam, and George: lawyers, musicians, translators, security guards, call center agents. All of them knew how to make a crucial decision: exile over submission. This film tells the story of that decision and how, here and now, it gives meaning to their lives. It will surprise us to discover how in their daily life, their strength and their desires are transmitted to the people they work with, to those who teach and to those who help in their difficulties. This is the story of eight full lives. The screening of this film is in collaboration with WeWorld and Terra di Tutti Film Festival.



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