International Feature Film Competition
The International Feature Film Competition, open to first and second works, is composed of 7 titles, all presented in an Italian preview.
The theme that unites all the selected works is change, intended primarily as growth, “coming of age”, then as a passage to adulthood, but also as a mental change or a social state change, represented with an unexpected mix of film genres. From the American film Swallow by Carlo Mirabella- Davis who uses thriller and horror to accompany the obsession of the protagonist (Haley Bennett, awarded at the Tribeca) in ingesting objects. As she became rich after marrying, her mania becomes a metaphor for and criticism of American well-being: social climbing can be a nightmare. At his second film after the cult The Giant (2016), Johannes Nyholm with Koko-di Koko-da touches the theme of mourning – the loss of a daughter for a couple – solving it with the repetition and paradox figure, in a film as much dreamlike as it is touching. The narration in A Certain Kind of Silence by the Czech Michal Hogenauer is disturbing, starting from real facts, a girl ends up unaware in an ultra-orthodox sect, with dystopia effects. The adolescence of the young protagonist of The Sharks by Lucía Garibaldi is different, innocence is lost in a more joyful way. Guerilla by György Mór Kárpáti takes viewer into the Hungarian civil war in 1849, amidst the torments of youth and of sharing a suspended life. In O Fim do Mundo by the Portuguese Basil Da Cunha, the outskirts of Lisbon is the scene of a story of a violent but choral formation. More joyful, vintage and elancholic is a group’s rite of passage in the colourful and musical Ham on Rye by the American Tyler Taormina. Genres become the means to push and translate other dramas and drives.
The jury of the International Feature Film Competition which will evaluate the 7 titles is composed of: Margherita Buy (Maledetto il giorno che t’ho incontrato, Le fate ignoranti, I giorni dell’abbandono, Viaggio sola) the female leading actress to have won more awards: David di Donatello (16 nominations, 7 victories) and Nastri d’Argento (14 nominations, 8 victories), as well as many international awards. Hannah Woodhead, Associate Editor of the British film magazine “Little White Lies”, a collaborator of “BBC”, “The Guardian” and “Dazed”, and correspondent at main international film festivals; and, lastly, Maurizio Braucci, Neapolitan writer and screenwriter, co-author – among others – of Gomorra by Matteo Garrone (Grand Prix Cannes 2008), Napoli, Napoli, Napoli by Abel Ferrara (2008), Anime nere by Francesco Munzi (David di Donatello Best Screenplay 2014), La Paranza dei bambini by Claudio Giovannesi (Silver Bear Best Screenplay 2018), and Martin Eden by Pietro Marcello (2018) recently in competition at Venezia76.