The first, unique and only Italian film festival dedicated to film productions from Central and Eastern Europe is back. From 19th to 28th January Trieste Film Festival will dip us into the variageted and evocative cinema of Eastern Europe. Created on the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, just as the Cold War began, Trieste Film Festival with its creative energy has been injected into Western European cinematic tradition of Eastern European and Central Asian cinema promoting some of the most original and innovative film-makers across Central Europe. First rate ten-day programme, outstanding screenings and events, all inspired by high quality and originality. As is the case in the accomplished retrospective “Rebels 68” celebrating the fifty anniversary of ’68 and its revolution. Breakthrough cinema, master film-makers from East to West with their “Film Revolution” : Bernardo Bertolucci, Marco Bellocchio, Želimir Žilnik, Dezső Magyar, Michelangelo Antognoni.
TSFF in figures : 9 feature films competing for the Trieste Award, 9 documentaries for the competing, 15 shorts, 41 Italian premiere, 6 world premiere willbe held at the TSFF, 14 films and documentaries will be awarded. Among these we would highlight Central European Initiative Award to the film that best represents the reality of Central and Eastern Europe and promotes dialogue among cultures and Corso Salani Award to the best Italian feature film sponsored for international distribution.
FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
BREAKING NEWS by Iulia Rugina – In a small town on the Black Sea, Alex a famous reporter put together the pieces of his cameraman’ s life tragically dead.
THE MINER by Hanna Slak – Based on real events, THE MINER is the story of Mehmedalija Alić, a Bosnian immigrant in Slovenia where he has been working as a miner for 30 years. As the crises comes in 2007, mines are being closed down, Alić is sent to explore an old mine shaft. He’ll discover an unsettling truth in the distant and more recent country’s past.
FROST by Sarunas Bartas – A young guy from Lithuania travels to Ukraine with a humanitarian convoy and meets two military journalists. He will be right away sucked into the downward spiral of a war more cruel than he expected.
THE RECONCILIATION by Maciej Sobieszczański – Poland in 1945, le purghe comuniste against “traitors” in a former Nazi work camp called Reconciliation. Two men, a Polish and a German in love with the same girl imprisoned in the camp.
THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING by Mila Turajlić – A Belgrade apartment divided in two tells the story of a family and serves as a symbol of a country in political turmoil. Srbijanka, a political activist playing a leading role in the revolution, still lives in one half of the original apartment. The door remained unopened all all the way through civil war, the breakup of Yugoslavia, aerial bombardments and revolution.
THE DEAD NATION di Radu Jude – In December 1937 in Romania an anti-Semitic nationalist is elected as prime minister. A Jewish doctor from Bucharest starts keeping a diary. Together with photos from a studio in the southeast of the country dating from the same period, this journal is the main source for The Dead Nation, the dreadful story of rising anti-Semitism, violence, pogroms and deportations in Romania of those years.
TARZAN’S TESTICLES by Alexandru Solomon – A profoundly touching and fiercely chilling documentary set in a primate-breeding institute in Sukhumi the capital of the unrecognized Republic of Abkhazia.
OVER THE LIMIT by Marta Prus – Rita, a young athlet representing Russia in rhythmic gymnastics at the Olympics in Brazil. The training is harsh, particularly in mental terms. The film features the Russian sport system accused of “State sponsored doping”.
JUPITER’S MOON by Kornel Mundruczò – A Syrian illegal migrant is shot down by a policeman. Mysteriously he realizes he can fly. A satire, a powerful metaphor of the European migration crisis, a surrealistic picture of refugees ‘drama.
A GENTLE CREATURE by Sergei Loznitsa – A prison in a remote Russian region, the struggle of a woman for justice in a country impenetrable as a fortress. Inspired by a novel of Dostoevskij a chilling portray of present Russia.
WESTERN by Valeska Grisebach – German workers in the border region between Bulgaria and Greece. Mistrust, cultural differences, economic immigration and integration.
THE NEAREST ELSEWHERE. A JOURNEY TO SLOVENIA by Elisabetta Sgarbi – A journey through Slovenia, next-door alle porte di casa nostra. Poetry, music, literature, memories from the Mitteleuropa, of its past and present borders.
MADE IN KURDISTAN
A FLAG WITHOUT A COUNTRY by Bahman Ghobadi – Nariman and Helly Luv are Kurds. He is a pilot, she a pop-singer. They live in Iraqi Kurdistan on the Syrian order. Creativity and fantasy are the key of Kurd people to survive another war.
FILLES DU FEU by Stéphane Breton – The film is a portrait of the world famous Kurdish women fighters from Syria in their dayly lives chased by the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, the Islamic State, the Turkish army.
NO PLACE FOR TEARS by Reyan Tuvi – Kobane ravaged by Daesh, retaken by the Kurdish militia of People’s Protection Units, depicted from a small village on the Turkish border. An impressive story of solidariety, courage, fight and identity.