ShorTS International Film Festival continues in Trieste, between the Cinema Ariston and Piazza Verdi. Tuesday 5th July will see the launch of the second edition of the lucky SweeTS4Kids section which, in 2015, went down a storm with the children. This will be the first of two evenings where 101 children will vote for the best short from amongst those selected for them by our 12 year old Artistic Director, Tommaso Gergori, from 18:00 at Cinema Ariston.
This will be followed at 20:00 by a screening of two further Andrea Segre documentaries: A sud di Lampedusa and Come il peso dell’acqua, still at Cinema Ariston. The former looks at the lorries that cross the Ténéré desert; the travel agencies from Agadez, in the north of Niger, that organize the passengers; but above all the repatriations carried out by Libya under European pressure. It tells the story of the hidden side of an emigration of which we often see only the final step: when they disembark on the island of Lampedusa. The latter looks at how, for over ten years, we have concentrated all of our economic, political and military forces on closing the Mediterranean border. There are some who have done it more prudently, and others who have done it more harshly. But, in any event, the goal was only ever to “reduce the number of landings”, to close and contain. It is a development that has decimated our ability to listen and understand the motives and choices of those who make the journey. The film, by paying attention to the stories of three women and the observations of two great civilian narrators, seeks to change this development.
At 21:30 we move over to Piazza Verdi for Triestine local Laura Samani’s La santa che dorme, which has just returned from its debut at Cannes. Born in 1989, after a thesis on the TV series Twin Peaks, the following summer, from the critics studio, Laura decided to turn to action. She shot her first shot, which allowed her to be selected as one of the six students taken onto the directing course at the Experimental Film Centre in Rome, class of 2015. La santa che dorme was shot in the Valli del Natisone, was produced by the Experimental Film Centre in Rome and was selected as part of the Cinéfondation programme at the Cannes Film Festival. The director, with this work shot completely in Slovene dialect (and shown with Italian subtitles), has written a screenplay which talks about growth and education, a timeless fairy tale in a community which protects its rich cultural heritage. This will be followed by a selection of shorts in competition for the Maremetraggio section.
Bookings for the weekend are open. You can visit the city of Trieste and its cinematic locations through the Esterno/Giorno and Esterno/Notte walks on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July. Together with film critic Nicola Falcinella we will retrace, with themed walks, the locations and stories from many big-screen works filmed in Trieste which, due to the characteristic light of its setting by the sea, the beauty of its historic buildings, its surrounding nature and its position close to the border between Eastern and Western Europe, has long been much appreciated by directors the world over; from Mauro Bolognini to Luchino Visconti, from Francis Ford Coppola – who chose the old Central Fish Market as the location for some scenes in The Godfather Part II – to Cristina Comencini, from Anthony Minghella – who used Porto Vecchio for some scenes in The English Patient, to Giuseppe Tornatore.
Participation open to a maximum of 40 people, who must each provide a personal contribution of €5. Booking is obligatory for all the walks and remains open until 12:00 on the day before the walk takes place by phone on +39 339 4535962 or by mail at email@example.com. Walks will be postponed in the event of bad weather.