The Outsiders, the out-of-competition section of Milano Film Festival features films, many of which are Italian premières by authors who are famous names but unfairly invisible in theatres, new challenges, stories that fascinate us.
The Beach Bum by Harmony Korine and starring Matthew McConaughey as the mad poet Moondog opens the section. The American Korine, a controversial author already seen at the MFF with Mister Lonely (2007) and Trash Humpers (2008), signs his most light-hearted, but still melancholic, work amid the lights of Miami. A short format for Nimic, the latest film by Yorgos Lanthimos, the master of estrangement; a circular story starring Matt Dillon who, followed by the wide-angle eye of the Greek master, enters a disturbing loop, an exchange of identity in which everything changes and, together, nothing changes («nimic» in Romanian). Instead We are Little Zombies, the debut of Makoto Nagahisa, in the name of a vintage videogame aesthetic, and distorts a difficult subject such as mourning in childhood: having no parents is not so difficult, if you have the courage to form a band to conquer the world. In American Mirror the director Arthur Balder brings his theory on the poetics of film art to the big screen, recreating an artist’s set of sensory memories in a documentary with a non-linear, challenging and intriguing narrative scheme.
The English film The Souvenir by Joanna Hogg, set in the 1980s, marks the overwhelming maturity of a director in depicting a family and first loves, with an exceptional mother and daughter in the cast: Tilda Swinton and Honor Swinton Byrne at her debut.
Two films trace the elaboration and evolution of desire. The first is Searching Eva by Pia Hellenthal, at the Festival in collaboration with VICE Italia, the portrait of the atypical sexworker and artist Eva Collé, a brilliant reflection on social media and identity. The second one explores an icon: Cercando Valentina – Il mondo di Guido Crepax by Giancarlo Soldi, in which we discover the birth of a girl that changed eroticism and comics in an international Milan in the 1960s.
Lastly, two other films dialogue with the theme of the International Feature Film Competition, marked by a reinterpretation of film genres: the first is by a master of Japanese cinema, Takashi Miike, who mixes noir and comedy explosively in First Love, the second is by the Portuguese João Nicolau, at the MFF with his debut Rapace (2006) and now a famous author who, touching approaching musical comedy, tells the story of Luís Rovisco (Miguel Lobo Antunes), a wild and crazy over 60 Peter Pan in Technoboss.