To this end, the festival chose to optimise its resources, increasing the number of guests and prizes (including a new award, promoted by the Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo, which will offer theatrical distribution to two films) and simultaneously streamlining the programme. The latter is made up of five sections for a total 163 titles, including 10 world, six international, two European and 28 Italian premieres.
The Official Selection offers two competitions, for shorts and features from throughout the world, and the non-competitive “Stile Libero” sidebar.
The three Italian features vying for the Popoli Award are Penelope Bortoluzzi’s Fondamenta delle Convertite, on the daily lives of the prisoners, children and guards of the women’s prison the island of Giudecca in Venice; Hair India by Raffaele Brunetti and Marco Leopardi, an original look at contemporary India; and Alberto Fasulo’s Rumore Bianco, shot along the Tagliamento River.
This year’s tribute is to French filmmaker of English origin Claire Simon, whose entire works will be shown – organised in collaboration with the Milano Filmmaker/Doc Festival – from the 1980s to her latest, God’s Offices [trailer].
Entitled “Una diagonale baltica”, this year’s retrospective shines a spotlight on the past 40 years of documentary filmmaking in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Guests include Herz Frank, Laila Pakalnina, Dainis Kļava, Andres Sööt, Mark Soosar, Arūnas Matelis and Audrius Stonys.
The programme is rounded out by a section on the theme “Faces of Power” (with works spanning from Jean Renoir’s The People of France to Manu Luksch’s Faceless) and the round table “The Legacy of Nanook”, which looks at the status of the contemporary documentary.
Gabriele Barcaro cineuropa.org