Created to host the best of Mediterranean cinema, over time the event has expanded its horizons, to include above all productions from continental Europe, as proven by the section “EastWest: Visions of a young German cinema,” with films such as Thomas Arslan’s Ferien and 12 Means: I Love You by Connie Walther.
But the heart of the festival remains the Competition: 12 films, ranging from Croatian title Behind the Glass [film focus] by Zrinko Ogresta to Özcan Alper’s Turkish/German co-production Autumn, chosen as the Opening Event to celebrate the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. Turkey is also the subject of an entire Focus.
The most highly anticipated film would be Mar nero by debut filmmaker Federico Bondi, which won an award at Locarno. However, the screening, featured on the regular programme, is actually for jury members only. The festival paradoxically risks having a winner that audiences were not allowed to see.
There are four other competitive seetions: The Eurimages Italia Award, the Italia nel Cinema Award, the shorts competition (of note is Fabio Mollo’s Giganti) and the documentary competition (which includes the curious Danish title Afghan Muscles by Andreas M. Dalsgaard).
Gabriele Barcaro cineuropa.org