Special Events

Environment and community, pioneering musicians, incredible years, courageous female athletes and vital libraries. Quests for truth and memories of the past in paths of identity and reflections. Dialogues between masters, between past and present. And the desire for a festival to turn the spotlight on those who understand life in a truly special way.


5 nanomoli - Il sogno olimpico di una donna trans

by Elisa Mereghetti, Marco Mensa (doc, Italy, 2023, 79') World Premiere

Valentina Petrillo is a visually impaired transgender athlete. In 2019, she began her pharmacological transition to the female gender. In 2021, she became the first transgender athlete to participate in the European Paralympic Championships in Poland. The film recounts her sporting dream and her battle against indifference and prejudice.

17/06 - 21:30 - Chiostro del Complesso di Santa Cristina “della Fondazza”


Anni Belli

by Anna Francesca Leccia (doc, France, 2023, 52') World Premiere

A journey back to the Italy of the 1970s, through the memories of four families linked to the legalisation of divorce. The voices of Tiziana, Claudia, Maurizio and Luciana and the Super 8 films take us back to the time when divorce was forbidden, honour killings tolerated and love could be condemned to hiding. Until a referendum changed everything.

17/06 - 16:45 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Scorsese


Come scintille nel buio 

by Daniele Gaglianone (doc, Italy, 2022, 29') 

Erika, Mario, Mauro, Alessia, Sergio, Flavia and Tommaso live in Carbonia, a mining town in Sardinia. Their lives that emotionally gravitate between light and dark reflect the mood of a town still tied to the past and at the same time projected towards a still uncertain future.

17/06 - 18:15 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni


Deu ci seu 

by Michele Badas, Michele De Murtas (doc, Italy, 2023, 81') World Premiere, Debut Film 

On 14 June 1997, 20,000 people set out from Sardinia to Naples to attend an important football match. Deu Ci Seu tells the story of the exodus of an entire island that mobilises to support one of the symbols of its identity.

17/06 - 18:15 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni


Ithaka - A Fight to Free Julian Assange

by Ben Lawrence (doc, Australia, 2022, 110')

A moving and intimate portrait of a father's struggle to save his son, Ithaka exposes the brutal reality of the campaign to free Julian Assange, the world's most famous political prisoner. Founder of WikiLeaks, Assange becomes an emblem of the freedom of journalism, the fight against government corruption and unpunished war crimes.

18/06 - 15:30 - BIOGRAFILM HERA THEATRE | Pop Up Cinema Arlecchino


Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind

by Ethan Coen (doc, USA, 2022, 73') Italian Premiere

A journey through the music and life of one of the biggest stars of American music: Jerry Lee Lewis. From the king of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s to his country turn in the 1960s and 1970s, the Louisiana singer built a career of excess, scandals in his private life and an obsessive attraction for the show.

18/06 - 20:00 - BIOGRAFILM HERA THEATRE | Pop Up Cinema Medica 4K


Le biblioteche e la città - Conoscere per essere liberi

by Francesca Zerbetto, Dario Zanasi (doc, Italy, 2023, 87') World Premiere

A journey to discover the places of culture, through the history of seven libraries. All public, all with a mission: to create knowledge and make community in a society undergoing great transformation, in which the library has and will have an increasingly important role, between conservation and digitisation, between the speed of information and the slowness of reading.

19/06 - 21:30 - BIOGRAFILM HERA THEATRE | Pop Up Cinema Arlecchino


Molise tropico felice

by Luigi Grispello (doc/fiction, Italy, 2023, 73') World PremiereDebut Film 

Lucito, Portocannone, Roccamandolfi, Civitacampomarano: four villages, four lifestyles, four different tribes that populate Molise. A small region of Italy, which many say does not exist. In fact, “Molise does not exist, it resists”.

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


X sempre assenti

by Francesco Fei (doc, Italy, 2023, 50') World Premiere

A journey into the everyday life and music of Verdena: from their return to the music scene with their new album 'Volevo magia', to their homes and their relationship with their families. A spontaneous and sincere world where everything is essential.

16/06 - 22:00 - BIOGRAFILM HERA THEATRE | Pop Up Cinema Arlecchino



by Fatih Akin (fiction, Germany/Netherlands/Morocco/Mexico, 2022, 140') 

The life of Giwar Hajabi, alias Xatar, is like a rap song: from drug dealer to family man, musician and entrepreneur. A true story of escape, family, music and a spectacular gold heist: Fatih Akin, winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2004, returns with an exciting, brutal, funny, naughty and authentic film.

18/06 - 18:30 - BIOGRAFILM HERA THEATRE | Pop Up Cinema Arlecchino



by Shamira Raphaëla (doc, Netherlands, 2021, 75')

Fourteen-year-old Shabu has wrecked his beloved grandmother's car. Instead of enjoying summer holiday fun and street music, the boy now needs to raise money for repairs. A cheerful portrait of a Caribbean-Dutch teenager in Rotterdam between responsibility and culture clash.

17/06 - 19:00 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Scorsese


Silent Land

by Agnieszka Woszczyńska (fiction, Poland/Italy/Czech Republic, 2021, 113’) Debut Film 

A seemingly perfect couple rent a holiday home on a sunny Italian island. Reality does not live up to their expectations when they discover that the house's swimming pool is broken. Unaware that the island suffers from a water shortage, they ask for someone to fix it. The constant presence of a stranger invades the couple's idea of security and starts a chain of events, which makes them act instinctively and irrationally, heading for the darkest place in their relationship.

11/06 - 16:00 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Scorsese


The Art of Eating: The Life of M.F.K. Fisher

by Gregory Mark Bezat (doc, USA, 2023, 87') International Premiere

A documentary about the dramatic life of mid-century Californian cookery writer M.F.K. Fisher, who elevated cooking from a domestic task to a critical study of what it means to be human by transforming the figure of the woman in the kitchen into a living, breathing subject with dazzling ideas, passionate emotions and insatiable appetites.

13/06 - 16:00 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Scorsese


The Book of Solutions

by Michel Gondry (fiction, France, 2023, 102’)  International Premiere
Marc, a bipolar and paranoid filmmaker, attempts to finish editing hidden away at his aunt's house in the Cevennes to safeguard his new film from interference by producers. But completing the work becomes complicated because he himself gets in the way, creating constant distractions and continually postponing the work in a succession of events that are at times disturbing and at times hilarious.
11/06 – 15:00 - BIOGRAFILM HERA THEATRE | Pop Up Cinema Arlecchino


The Happy Worker - Or How Work Was Sabotaged

by John Webster (doc, Finland/Norway, 2022, 82') Italian Premiere

The Happy Worker reveals us, with humour and irony, the real consequences that a toxic workplace has for the health and happiness of the people who work there: from a culture of silence, fake change and incompetent managers, to how we educate our children. Guiding us on this journey are, among others, anthropologist and activist David Graeber and psychologist Christina Maslach.

15/06 - 21:30 - Cinema Lumière - Sala Mastroianni


The Mind Game

by Sajid Khan Nasiri, Eefje Blankevoort, Els van Driel (doc, Netherlands, 2023, 61') International Premiere

How does one, as a child, deal with the enormous mental pressure of travelling, with distrustful authorities and disturbing messages from the home front? The Mind Game is an intimate documentary about the psychological pressure young refugees face, mostly filmed from a first-hand perspective.

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


This Is Bologna 

by Lucio Apolito, Alvise Renzini (doc/fiction, Italy, 2023, 73') World Premiere

A documentary in 12 episodes, that tells us about the change of a city through the portraits of new and old communities: red- light cinema goers, video-tape addicts, octogenarian barbers, nightclubs, people living on buses, gyms, radio amateurs, tourists, nomads, bolt tycoons.

14/06 - 21:30 - Chiostro del Complesso di Santa Cristina “della Fondazza”


Tonino De Bernardi - Un tempo, un incontro

by Daniele Segre (doc, Italy, 2023, 63') Italian Premiere

A duel between two different brothers. Two approaches, two characters, two opposite visions meet and show themselves to the cameras. Daniele Segre's eye on one side, Tonino's on the other, give us a film that develops according to a standard that is fundamental to both: immediacy.

13/06 - 21:30 - Chiostro del Complesso di Santa Cristina “della Fondazza”

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