National and international talents converge, reflecting on our country and beyond, in a dialectical, dynamic, individual and collective interweaving, which expands our gaze and broadens our hearts and leads us to listen to the noise of broken feelings, of apparently invisible lives; dignity and seduction, detachment and deception of being in the world, belonging and inadequacy, modesty, the past and the present. Ten films which, like concentric circles, invite us to look at the tension and the beauty of being in the world today; ten beats in the heart and beyond of humanity.
by Davide Rizzo, Marzia Toscano (doc, Italy, 2023, 65') Italian Premiere
Valeria Collina's life is shattered by the death of her son Youssef, a member of a jihadist commando, who was killed during a terrorist attack in London. After the event, Valeria reflects on her past trying to make peace with the memory of her son.
10/06 - 18:45 - BIOGRAFILM HERA THEATRE | Pop Up Cinema Arlecchino
by Monica Stambrini (doc, Italy/Switzerland, 2023, 70') World Premiere
Chutzpah is a Hebrew word that can be translated as 'insolent'. To deal with an emotional and professional crisis, Monica starts filming everything: her private life becomes a narrative. As she publicly shares her intimate diary, the filmmaker wonders where the boundaries of privacy lie and how much filming and filming herself is a part of her life and a chance to reflect on herself.
17/06 - 21:15 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni
Combining animation and cinema verité, Devoti Tutti retraces the story of the martyr Saint Agata of Catania through a personal and feminist lens. Saint Agata speaks through the voice of actress Donatella Finocchiaro, and a group of Sicilian women. They have survived violence and today follow the example of Saint Agata: they resist in their land by fighting to free other women like them.
11/06 - 19:00 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Scorsese
by Yosr Gasmi, Mauro Mazzocchi (doc, Tunisia/France/Italy, 2023, 153') Italian Premiere
A foreigner crosses the Mediterranean to the Italian Alps: “Who are you? What are you doing here and where do you come from?” – they ask him. In Valtellina, Abderahman and Laly are waiting for the response to their asylum application. Every night, from the mountains around rise a mysterious Elegy.
14/06 - 19:30 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Scorsese
by Sebastiano Luca Insinga (doc, Italy/Spain/Sweden, 2023, 67') World Premiere
The meeting of Manolo, a ex-matador de toros and the young bullfighter Mario, who aspires to glory. In the pauses between long training sessions, the words flow intensely, giving shape to the desire, expectations and fears that animate the controversial world of bullfighting.
15/06 - 21:15 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Scorsese
by Giuseppe Petruzzellis (doc, Italy/USA, 2023, 62') Italian Premiere, Debut Film
For years, the artist Luigi Lineri has been working on "La Ricerca": a one-of-a-kind installation made of thousands of stones. “La Ricerca" is an ode to the human struggle, an empowering tale about the efforts to relentlessly shape the future, from a primitive childhood to the still unwritten history.
15/06 - 18:45 - BIOGRAFILM HERA THEATRE | Pop Up Cinema Arlecchino
by Jeroen Pool (doc, Sweden, 2023, 71') World Premiere, Debut Film
Just outside the city of Genoa, there is a vast monumental cemetery. Alongside its tombs, through the arcades and galleries, and the souls that rest there, all kinds of people work and wander. For a place dedicated to death, the cemetery is curiously alive.
16/06 - 18:30 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Scorsese
by Elena Rebeca Carini (doc, Italy/Romania, 2023, 91') Italian Premiere, Debut Film
Elena, Italian by adoption but born in Romania, is about to turn 30 when she decides to set off in search of her biological parents. She embarks on a car journey from Piacenza to Bucharest in the company of her newfound brother Gerard. Brothers and at the same time perfect strangers.
11/06 - 21:15 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Scorsese
by Piergiorgio Curzi (doc, Italy/France 2023,72') Italian Premiere
Predappio is still inhabited by the ghost of fascism. Here Benito Mussolini was born and buried: everything recalls his presence. To counter this uncomfortable legacy, mayor Giorgio Frassineti dreams of converting the old Casa del Fascio, former party headquarters, into a museum and study centre dedicated to the crimes of fascism.
12/06 - 20:45 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Scorsese
by Ermanno Cavazzoni, Sergio Maifredi (doc/fiction, Italy, 2023, 52') World Premiere
A disgraced former professor in search of his place in the world boards a train and finds himself in Genoa. Here, he ends up at Boschetto, an ancient abbey that houses homeless people. The man asks himself: is everything in life already written, or is destiny an accident? Listening to the lives of others, he emerges reborn, ready to live what remains to him. Ermanno Cavazzoni's poetic and existential reflections are combined with and nourished by the stories of the 'uncalculated lives' we encounter in this human journey.
13/06 - 20:30 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni