Contemporary Lives

Films that frame the contemporary world from a strongly collective perspective, pushing our gaze beyond limits and borders, crossing dreams, growth, search for truth, escape, cathartic dialogues and generational exchanges. A section that welcomes crucial issues that speak inextricably to each one of us. The scars of traumas, the wounds of the past, the questions about the present and the anxieties and tensions of the future. Stories that invite us to pick up the baton, in an act of solidarity and community responsibility. What do we have if we stand together? Who are we and do we want to be, together?


After Work

by Erik Gandini (doc, Sweden/Italy, 2023, 77') Italian Premiere

In the coming years, due to automation and artificial intelligence, we may have to rethink the role that work plays in our lives. Through the experiences of its protagonists in Kuwait, South Korea, the USA and Italy, After Work explores what the work ethic is today and what a work-free existence might look like.

11/06 - 18:00 - BIOGRAFILM HERA THEATRE | Pop Up Cinema Arlecchino


All You See

by Niki Padidar (doc, Netherlands, 2022, 72') Italian PremiereDebut Film

What happens when suddenly one is no longer simply seen, but is 'examined'? Sophia, Hanna, Khadija, and the director Niki herself, find themselves in a new world: the Netherlands. Even after years, they are still asked the same questions: where are you from, do you speak Dutch, do you tan in the sun?

16/06 - 21:00 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Scorsese


Bigger Than Trauma

by Vedrana Pribačić (doc, Croatia 2022, 91') Italian PremiereDebut Film

Twenty-five years after the war in former Yugoslavia, Katica, Ana and Marija, reprocess the trauma of the sexual violence they suffered, through a therapy and empowerment programme dedicated to Serbian and Croatian women victims of war crimes. How can they, survivors of war, regain the joy of living?

11/06 - 21:30 - Chiostro del Complesso di Santa Cristina “della Fondazza”


Blix Not Bombs

by Greta Stocklassa (doc, Czech Republic/Germany/Sweden, 2023, 86') Italian Premiere

Greta was eight years old when she watched the 9/11 disaster on TV. In the years that followed, Swedish diplomat Hans Blix became one of the leading figures in the global crisis. Today, the filmmaker turns to her compatriot Blix to ask him: can diplomacy still play a decisive role in the war?

10/06 - 16:30 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni


Electric Malady

by Marie Lidén (doc, UK, 2022, 84') Italian PremiereDebut Film

William is 40 years old and suffers from electrosensitivity, a disease not recognised by the WHO. He is forced to live in the Swedish woods outside the city, but the increasing range of technology worsens his condition. Despite his loneliness and physical suffering, William struggles every day to make sense of his everyday life, supported by his family.

11/06 - 16:45 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni



 by Céline Pernet (doc, Switzerland, 2022, 90') Italian PremiereDebut Film

Filmmaker and anthropologist Céline Pernet, a frequenter of a dating app, brings together a group of men between the ages of 30 and 45 to discuss how they experience their sexual and romantic relationships. Garçonnières takes a careful and ironic look at contemporary masculinity.

16/06 - 21:30 - Chiostro del Complesso di Santa Cristina “della Fondazza”


Iron Butterflies 

by Roman Liubyi (doc, Ukraine/Germany, 2023, 84') Italian Premiere

In a world where violence can only be defended with lies, and lies are only maintained with violence, Iron Butterflies reconstructs the truth about the Malaysia Airlines flight, which was shot down on 17 July 2014 by Russian forces. The filmmaker carries out an investigative analysis that reveals the mechanisms of Russian warfare.

14/06 - 17:00 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni


La belle ville

by Manon Turina, François Marques (doc, France, 2023, 85') Italian PremiereDebut Film

How would you like to build the cities of the future? How would you combine countryside and urban life? Manon and François, two young people living in the city, travel between Mexico, Europe and the United States in search of concrete and revolutionary initiatives to bring nature back into the heart of the cities.

17/06 - 16:00 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni


Les beaux parleurs

by Gianluca Matarrese (doc, France, 2023, 67') World Premiere

In a school in Paris, a group of high school students and their literature teacher organise an eloquence contest. The theme, "O rage, O despair, O elite, my enemy!", questions the concept of the elite to which they belong. The questions and answers that these/these young people give each other give a glimpse of the adult people they are becoming.

12/06 - 18:30 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni


Notes on Displacement 

by Khaled Jarrar (doc, Palestine/Germany/Qatar, 2022, 75') Italian Premiere

The news broadcasts images of overcrowded boats and tent cities: but how much do we know about what migrant people experience? Notes on Displacement is a deep dive into the fear and disorientation of an entire Syrian family during their gruelling journey to Germany in search of a better life.

13/06 - 21:00 - BIOGRAFILM HERA THEATRE | Pop Up Cinema Arlecchino



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