A day of total cinema Friday 8th July with ShorTS by the Maremetraggio association. After the usual morning workshops and Andrea Segre’s workshop Realmente liberi at the Mediateca La Cappella Underground, the day’s novelties include the presentation of Sergio Arecco’s book Il cinema breve: 18:30 again at the Mediateca. From Walt Disney to David Bowie, the dictionary of short film from 1928 to 2015 explores short and medium form cinema in 200 passionately written pages which are far from skimping on the details, in the way one would expect at first sight of the term “dictionary”. Sorted by decade, the works alternate between those by names who made waves in the world of cinema and and those from lesser-known filmmakers, reminding us what was and still is the force of short cinema: a preparatory ground where young filmmakers cut their teeth, a secret garden of obsessions, a place of uncompromising intellectual challenges, a diary… In collaboration with Mediateca La Cappella Underground.

The afternoon will also see the winners of the Oltre Il Muro prize being presented with their prize. Thanks to the valuable help of director Davide Del Degan and the efforts of the festival’s president and artistic director, Chiara Valenti Omero, together with Ivan Gergolet, the inmates this year once again are called upon to judge the Italian shorts in competition at the festival and assign the Oltre il Muro prize to the one they deem to be the best.

Since 2009 the Maremetraggio Association, always striving to develop the culture of its local area, has brought its cinema to the inmates of the Trieste District Prison.

The evening is set aside for both Italian and global premieres. At 20:00, Cinema Ariston will screen Fabio Bobbio’s I cormorani, in competition for the Nuove Impronte section for the SNCCI Prize, the Bakel Public Prize and the Nuove Impronte Prize. The film tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who spend their summer days between the river, the wood and the city; but time flies and, compared to years gone by, everything goes from being a game to being life experience.

21:30 will then see the world premiere of Rubando bellezza. A ShorTS exclusive, Fulvio Wetzl, Laura Bagnoli and Danny Biancardi’s Rubando bellezza is a documentary about the life of the Bertolucci family: A film which acts as a poetic analysis of an extraordinary family, and the custom of taking artistic inspiration (or stealing, actually) from those who have proceeded us and those who surround us, be it in our family or in our social lives, to nourish and form our own personal vision of the world, and our own poetic and artistic sensiblities. The cast includes: Attilio Bertolucci, Bernardo Bertolucci, Lucilla Albano Bertolucci, Giuseppe Bertolucci insieme a Fabrizio Gifuni, Sonia Bergamasco, Fabio Bianchini, Morando Morandini, Luigi Menozzi, Angelo Tonelli and Remo Galeazzi. It is a film that should be seen and listened to with the same attention and admired respect given by the authors. The figure of Bernardo seems to be more present (the only one still alive) than that of Giuseppe who lives on through the words of his companion, Lucilla Albano, who talks beautifully about him and special memories. Nonetheless, the figure of Attilio remains everpresent, having marked in depth – for better and for worse – the lives of his sons. The title of the movie is “stolen” from Bertolucci’s Io ballo da sola, which in English is entitled Stealing Beauty.

The evening of shorts in Piazza Verdi will begin at 21:30 with an extra: the short Fatti osceni in luogo pubblico by Stefano Viali, shot in Trieste during last year’s festival.

Produced by Dimitri Sassone for Ohana Film & Music Srl, thanks to the contribution of Mibact – DG Cinema, FVG Film Commission and Nuovo Imaie, and shot in July 2015 in the city of Trieste, Fatti osceni in luogo pubblico explores, through the implementation of a strong visual impact, the violence that develops inside interpersonal relationships in the presence of a serious mental illness and as a result of racism. Violence which, if executed as a vendetta or legitimised by a sudden injustice, can only lead to insanity. The woman, like a fly that repeatedly bashes itself against the glass of a window, frantically looks for a way out. By choosing the worst method, she triggers to the total destruction of herself and of others as a consequence of a mental disconnect. But change is always possible: the woman can become human again, re-establishing a healthy and vital internal image of herself which will allow her to determinedly condemn the horror of violence.

This will be followed by the Maremetraggio section with the shorts in competition for the Enel Prize of 5000 euros, the Studio Universal Prize, best editing and many others.


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