Trieste,  June the 25th  – July the 3rd 2010

From June the 25th to July the 3rd, in Trieste, the eleventh edition of Maremetraggio will unfold with nine days of all round cinema: the festival will screen the best European short films and the most significant Italian debut feature films. Not only that: the festival programme will include conferences and meetings with actors/actresses and directors, special events, in-depth sections, cocktails and happenings with the participation of national and international film industry professionals.

As well as last year, the festival will bring to Trieste the most important Italian and European film stars and most promising young talents. Among the famous guests of the latest editions Margherita Buy, Amanda Sandrelli, Laura Morante, Alba Rohrwacher, Giuseppe Battiston, Federico Moccia, Murray Abraham, Gillo Pontecorvo, Giuliano Montaldo, Paola Cortellesi, Valentina Cervi and many more.

This year’s competition will be more agile: two sections will include the films running for this edition’s awards, Maremetraggio and Ippocampo.

The Maremetraggio section includes 85 short films, all winners of International awards from a number of important festivals in 2009, facing a jury that will be awarding the best of them the ENEL prize of 10.000 Euros.

That won’t be the only award in this section, though: the jury will also be deciding on which film will be winning the “SHOP & PLAY CITTÀ FIERA” award for the bes Italian short film; the “TRUDI” award for the best animation short film; the “242 MOVIE TV” award for the best director, consisting of 2.000 euros; the “ASSOCIAZIONE MONTATORI”  award for the best Italian editing, promoted by the Italian Film Editors Association and consisting of an internship for the realization of a short film; the “AVANADE” award for the best Italian screenplay, consisting of the publication on Microsoft Surface; the “GREEN SPIRIT” award, co-promoted by Electrolux, for the best short film on the theme of sustainability, consisting of 2000 Euros; the “ZACAPA” audience award; the “OFFICINE ARTISTICHE” award for the best debut performance by an actor or actress.

This section will also include the work of directors coming from  Central European Initiative countries, competing for the CEI award for the best short film, consisting of 3.000 Euros.

The Ippocampo Section will include Italian debut feature length films, especially those that have not been distributed. A number of awards are at stake in this section, too: the “FONDAZIONE ANTONVENETA” award for the best debut film, best actor and best actress; the critics award; the “courage” award; the “OFFICINE ARTISTICHE” award for the best debut performance by an actor or actress; the “35MM.IT” audience award.

After the success of last year’s section on Greek film, this edition will include a focus section on Bulgaria, accordingly to Maremetraggio’s usual attention to East European countries, and thanks to CEI’s cooperation. In March this year, within the Sofia International Film Festival, Maremetraggio screened a selection of Italian short and feature films in cooperation with the Friuli Venezia Giulia’s regional authority. The Sofia International Film Festival will be screening a number of the most interesting Bulgarian short and feature films in Trieste, during the Maremetraggio festival, where the Italian audience will also have the chance to meet actors and directors of these films.

Last year’s “prospettiva” section on Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher was met with great success, and this year too Maremetraggio will focus on an Italian rising star, a talented young actor. A number of his films will be screened and the audience will have the chance to meet him and learn about his career so far and his future perspectives. 2010’s rising star is Michele Riondino, an actor coming from the Italian region of Apulia, whose rise to fame is linked to his role in Marco Risi’s “Fortapàsc”. Michele has worked a lot on the silver screen since: this year’s section includes not only “Fortapàsc”, but also Daniele Vicari’s “Il passato è una terra straniera”,  Alessandro Di Robilant’s “Marpiccolo” and Valerio Mieli’s “Dieci inverni”.

And another Apulian is the focus of Maremetraggio’s retrospective this year: the very well-known actor and director Sergio Rubini. Fifteen of Rubini’s films will be screened within the retrospective: 7 of his feature films as a director and 7 features and a short film he starred in as an actor. His long career as a director will be remembered through the screening of the following films: 1997’s “Il viaggio della sposa”, 2000’s “Tutto l’amore che c’è”, 2002’s “L’anima gemella”, 2004’s “L’amore ritorna”, 2006’s “La terra”, 2008’s “Colpo d’occhio” and 2009’s “L’uomo nero”. As for the films he starred in as an actor, the retrospective includes Giovanni Veronesi’s “Manuale d’amore” (2005), Alessandro Piva’s “Mio cognato” (2002), Gabriele Salvatores’ “Nirvana” (1997), Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Una pura formalità” (1994), Carlo Verdone’s “Al lupo al lupo” (1992), Giuseppe Piccioni’s “Il grande blek” (1987), Federico Fellini’s “Intervista” (1987). Also, the section includes 1996’s short film “Sputo”, directed by Umberto Marino. Sergio Rubini will be coming to Trieste, a guest of Maremetraggio, to meet our audience and the press, and will be telling us about his film career and his future plans, just as Margherita Buy and Laura Morante did in past editions.

The region of Apulia will be the star of this edition of Maremetraggio, not just because of the presence of two of its best actors and directors, Michele Riondino and Sergio Rubini, but also because its Film Commission will be meeting its counterpart from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region within the festival in Trieste. During “Friuli Venezia Apulia”, as the event is called, Federico Poillucci (President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission) and Silvio Maselli (Director of the Apulia Film Commission) will discuss and exchange experiences.

Maremetraggio will also present this year, as a special event, actress Veronica Pivetti’s debut short film as a director, the ironic “Qui giace”, first time behind the camera for the very well known actress, dubber and TV presenter. Veronica Pivetti will be presenting the film to the festival audience.

Another special event on schedule is the screening of Gianclaudio Cappai’s first medium-length film, So che c’è un uomo”, which premiered at the last edition of the Venice Film Festival, where it competed in the Corto Cortissimo section. The film has been presented successfully in a number of Italian festivals, and has won many awards, among which best film in the “Visioni Italiane” festival and best director in the “Sulmona Cinema Film Festival”.

Another novelty of this year’s festival is the event Giampaolo Talani, sculptor and painter from Livorno, will be hosting in Trieste’s Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia: he will be placing there his big beach umbrellas, part of the project “Oltre la duna – La metafisica della libertà” (Beyond the dune – metaphysics of freedom), an installation also shown last year during the celebrations for the twenty years anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. The event will also feature the presentation of reporter and writer Francesco Festuccia’s book/interview, “Alla faccia del bagnino”. The soundtrack to the event will be the music by the Radio Marelli trio. The Maremetraggio Festival will also be hosting a screening corner showing cuts from Talani’s Rai show “Rosa dei venti”. The Radio Marelli trio will also be livening up the evening at the Duchi d’Aosta Hotel on July the 2nd with their fantastic swing.

Again on July the 2nd, at 10:30 pm on site at Riva Traiana 1, another music event not to be missed: “Maremetraggio meets Etnoblog” presents a concert by Father Murphy, authors of the soundtrack to Alessandro Aronadio’s film “Due vite per caso”, in competition in the Ippocampo section of the festival, followed by a dj set.

The festival will also focus on the Mattador Award: a press conference will be held to present this competition for young, talented screenwriters wishing to make a professional artistic career out of their writing skills and to announce the names of the film subject section finalists.

Finally, after last year’s successful experience, once again the festival will be entering Trieste’s local prison with the “Oltre il muro” (Behind the wall) section. This year we’ll be screening the Italian short films in the Maremetraggio competition section inside the prison walls, and a jury of convicts, coordinated by Trieste director Davide Del Degan, will choose the winner of the Province of Trieste award for the best Italian short film.

Maremetraggio’s strong point keeps on being its location, Trieste, a border city which, thanks to its lucky geographic position between the Adriatic sea and the Carso plateau, represents the ideal framework for a celebration attracting more and more people every year, both from Italy and Eastern Europe. Maremetraggio will be spreading around different areas of the city, from Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, the biggest square in Europe facing the sea, to the Open air summer theatre in the framework of the Giardino Pubblico (the city’s public garden), to the Miela Theatre. This year’s novelty will be the location of all Maremetraggio’s meetings and conferences: the striking terrace of the Duchi D’Aosta Hotel in Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia. During the whole Festival an info point will be available at all times for our audience and guests.

The event will be covered daily by Radioattività, in collaboration with Radio Fragola.

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