International Competition

Ten lives told through all their nuances, vulnerabilities, determination, lights and shadows. Alain, Apolonia, Cristina, Elfriede, Ella, Efthymia, Ernesto, Ita, José Mauricio, Reyneh, Valerie. From Paris to Teheran, from Vienna to Brazil, from Belgium to Congo, via Northern Europe, Milan, the English countryside and straight to the heart of Spain. Encounters that lead us to discover women and men searching for something, pioneers who accompany us on a path of reflection, growth, questions. The extraordinary nature of human beings – always. None excluded.



A Symphony for a Common Man

by José Joffily (doc, Brazil, 2022, 85'), Italian Premiere

Brazilian diplomat José Bustani, first general director of OPCW, under his impartial leadership tried to avoid the destruction of Iraq but was forced out, under pressure from the USA. Today, retired in Rio de Janeiro, far from the front, Bustani contents himself with his first passion: music.

11/06 - 21:30 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni


Apolonia, Apolonia  

by Lea Glob (doc, Denmark/Poland, 2022, 116') Italian Premiere

In 2009, Danish director Lea Glob met painter Apolonia Sokol for the first time, while in Paris she led a bohemian life among other artists and political activists, including Oksana Shachko of the feminist action group Femen. From their bond comes a film that shows us Apolonia's difficult journey in the art world and the resilience of women in a society dominated by patriarchy, capitalism, and war

10/06 - 19:00 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Scorsese


Colette et Justin

by Alain Kassanda (doc, France/Belgium, 2022, 88') Italian PremiereDebut Film

How much does Kassanda really know about his grandparents? How true are his ideas about his native country, the Democratic Republic of Congo? In Colette et Justin, Kassanda reconstructs the story of his roots and brings to life an evocative Congo where the imprints of colonialism are still a constant presence.

11/06 - 18:45 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni


Elfriede Jelinek - die Sprache von der Leine lassen

by Claudia Müller (doc, Germany/Austria 2022, 96') Italian Premiere

Child prodigy, scandalous author, feminist, fashion lover, communist, rebel, brilliant and vulnerable artist: Elfriede Jelinek. A layered and engaging cinematic portrait of the Austrian writer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004.

15/06 - 19:15 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni


Is There Anybody Out There?

by Ella Glendining (doc, UK, 2023, 87') Italian PremiereDebut Film

Born with a rare form of disability, filmmaker Ella Glendining, while facing daily discrimination, seeks someone to share the experience of living in a body like hers. A journey that will change the way she perceives herself in the world, not only of the filmmaker, but also of those who watch this film.

10/06 - 22:00 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Scorsese


Light Falls Vertical

by Efthymia Zymvragaki (doc, Spain/Germany/Italy/Netherlands, 2022, 84') Italian PremiereDebut Film

“When I left my island, it wasn't a departure; it was an escape”. Efthymia Zymvragaki's documentary talks about violence against women from a dual perspective: the director's first-hand experience and the account of a perpetrator, whom she met. Memories, facts, and fiction intertwine in a story that is painfully personal and intrinsically cinematic.

12/06 - 21:15 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni


Sconosciuti puri

by Mattia Colombo, Valentina Cicogna (doc, Italy/Switzerland/Sweden, 2023, 93') Italian Premiere

Every night nameless bodies land in Dr. Cristina Cattaneo’s autopsy room, the Pure Unknown: homeless, sex workers, runaway, teenagers, migrants. What happens when the dead have lost their identity? No one seems concerned about their right to dignity: only Cristina.

16/06 - 19:00 - BIOGRAFILM HERA THEATRE | Pop Up Cinema Arlecchino


Sieben Winter in Teheran

by Steffi Niederzoll (doc, Germany/France, 2023, 97') Italian PremiereDebut Film

Iran, 2007: Reyhaneh Jabbari, 19, is sentenced to death for the murder of the man who tried to rape her. Thanks to videos, family testimonies and letters written by the young woman in prison, the film traces the fate of Reyhaneh, a universal symbol of resistance against violence against women.

14/06 - 21:30 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni


The Gullspång Miracle 

by Maria Fredriksson (doc, Sweden/Norway/Denmark, 2023, 108') Italian PremiereDebut Film

While buying a flat in the Swedish countryside, two sisters realise that the seller resembles their older sister, who died by suicide 30 years earlier. From an eerie story of family reunion, the film turns into a compelling detective story about identity, secrets and the need to believe.

15/06 - 16:15 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni


Une vie comme une autre 

by Faustine Cros (doc, Belgium/France, 2022, 68') Italian Premiere, Debut Film

Recounting the family films with which Faustine's father immortalised the best moments of their family life, the filmmaker now tells us another story: the portrait of her mother Valérie and her depression. After having children, Valérie quit her job, and for her it was like losing her own identity.

16/06 - 21:45 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni


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