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Out-of-competition sections

The Histoire(s) du cinema by Jean-Luc Godard
The Histoire(s) du cinema by Jean-Luc Godard is a video divided into 8 chapters released between 1988 and 1996: the tale of cinema and its relationship with the 20th century history, a melange of paintings, texts, music, sounds and words which appear on the screen, all with the director's voice-over in the background.
This section aims to show this entire work for the first time in Milan and to highlight different central films from which this stream of images flows: alongside a series of masterpieces that have found general acceptance thanks to the enthusiasm of Nouvelle Vague directors, the programme includes some films that are crucial to the evolution of Godard's work and to the overview he expresses in his Histoire(s). It is obviously a limited selection, since the bright forest in which Godard wanders consists of hundreds of films, but it is nevertheless a viable way to move through the dense structure of the Histoire(s).
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Different American Films
Since this year's edition of the feature film competition includes two US works for the first time, we asked ourselves "What do American films today portray?" and tried to find an answer with the help of the short and feature films that were submitted to the competitions. Considering the high number of works, we decided to carve out some space for a few stories by young directors.
The short films in this section highlight human stories of greatness and more often of misery, family relationships marked by guilt and sorrow, friendships in which the seeds of doubts and rejection are planted. When it comes to the feature films there is something different to say: it would be difficult to describe their contents in a few words. If we should define them in conventional terms, we would use adjectives like "disturbing", "unconventional", "experimental" or "narratively disjointed". In spite of the feeling of spontaneous, personal, poor and instinctive films, a deeper analysis reveals that the works are well studied and depict self-absorbed characters, created by directors focusing on complex and troublesome individuals.
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Focus on Animation
This special screening, now in its third edition, presents a selection of the best animation short films that didn't enter the official competition. Even if it isn't a specialist animation event, every year the festival receives many diverse productions that feature good technical and artistic quality and are always acclaimed by the festivalgoers. The festival audience has always been varied and includes animation professionals working in Milan, a city which is (unexpectedly) rich in graphic labs and post-production and animation studios, and in young people who have grown up as computer buffs, and eager (more than anyone else) for creative exchange.
The aim is to create a link between high quality ground-breaking animations and the public which grows more and more enthusiastic and ready to be entertained and surprised - more than three hours suffice to plunge into a variety of techniques and genres.
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Incontri Italiani - Italian Get-Togethers
Few yet great are the ingredients mixed together to produce Italian Get-togethers. Their seventh edition required careful preparation: 21 Italian short films were chosen among 300 works submitted to the competition from Italy. Besides the differences in the shooting techniques and the production conditions of these works, the public can enjoy a diversity of subjects and genres that are not limited to the usual "documentary", "experimental" or "fiction" production. This result often derives from the hindrances found by the directors on their way to the creation of a short film, such as the lack of funds, and of external support to film production in general. The Milano Film Festival helps them promote their idea of films and, together with Canon, decides to award them a prize. Or rather, to give them a chance to award themselves a prize.
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Cinegiornale- Newsreels
esterni conceived this project as a collection of video enquiries and newsreels, and an editorial office open to external contributions - a real collaborative participation. It is a political project of independent information which uses different means and offers different contents: video enquiries and short documentaries on burning or local issues, on subjects that are often censored, sometimes even untold, or presented only in part or with a sense of finality by TV or newspapers. The enquiries and the newsreels presented throughout the year, as well as a number of films submitted to the Festival Competition, are shown in public and presented to the festivalgoers, in a daily viewing time in which the Cinegiornale takes on an international character and requires real collaborative participation.
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Salon des refuses
The already successful formula of the Salon des Refuses depends on two elements, which are also present this year: filmmakers with a story to tell and a public with questions to ask make up this traditional out-of-competition section dedicated to the directors of non-selected short films. Every evening, the Salon des Refuses breaks the mould and opens the gates of the Arena Civica, a new venue occupied by the Festival. An unconventional event, it arouses curiosity and triggers discussions, against a familiar background of high walls by lit by the moonlight.
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Which film did your mother watch before you were born?
Horror as a "picture " of ourselves
The list of seasons featured by the Milano Film Festival also includes an out-of-competition section curated by Giacomo Agosti. It presents a selection of works on genre filmmaking produced by the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan).
On 16th and 17th September, at 9 pm. Spazio Biancamaria, viale Biancamaria 45.
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