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Monopoli's Sudestival to welcome eight Italian first features in competition

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- The 20th edition of the event is due to kick off on 25 January in Puglia and will take place over the course of 10 weekends, featuring a new Sudestival Doc section

Monopoli's Sudestival to welcome eight Italian first features in competition
La partita by Francesco Carnesecchi

The 20th edition of Sudestival is due to kick off on Friday, 25 January with an exhibition celebrating Pupi Avati’s 50-year contribution to the film industry. The exhibition has been curated by Michele Suma and will take place in the Apulian town of Monopoli over the course of 10 weekends, until 30 March 2019. Saturday, 26 January will be entirely dedicated to special events, with a screening of the docufilm Who Will Write Our History [+see also:
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 – directed by Roberta Grossman and produced by Nancy Spielberg, and due to be released in Italian and European cinemas the following day, inhomage to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day – followed by a screening of Ride [+see also:
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, the directorial debut by actor Valerio Mastandrea, presented at Turin Film Festival. Both Mastandrea and the film’s leading actress Chiara Martegiani will be in attendance at the screening to meet audience members.

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The well-established Feature Film Competition features eight Italian premieres, the screenings of which will be accompanied by auteurs, directors and actors. The road-movie In viaggio con Adele [+see also:
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by Alessandro Capitani will open the competition on Friday, 1 February and stars Sara Serraiocco and Alessandro Haber, while If Life Gives You Lemons [+see also:
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by Ciro D'Emilio – presented atVenice Film Festival – will be closing the competition on 22 March. Among the films in competition this year is the 2015 film Asino Vola, the directorial debut by actor Marcello Fonte (known for his multi-award-winning work in Dogman [+see also:
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) - co-directed by Paolo Tripodi – Zen in the Ice Rift [+see also:
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by Margherita Ferri and Beate [+see also:
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by Samad Zarmandili, a comedy starring Donatella Finocchiaro. Two films that have not previously been released in cinemas will also be screened: Girl in Flight [+see also:
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, the feature film debut by Sandra Vannucchi, starring Donatella Finocchiaro and Filippo Nigro, which tells the story of a young girl (Lisa Ruth Andreozzi) who runs away from home to visit Rome, before meeting another young girl from Rome, and La partita [+see also:
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by Francesco Carnesecchi, starring Francesco Pannofino, Alberto Di Stasio and Giorgio Colangeli.

This year features new sections, such as the Giornata Gemellaggio Italia-Armenia and the competitive Southeast Doc section, with eight recent Italian titles selected. Inaugurating the section is a documentary presented at the 75th Venice Film Festival, Arrivederci Saigon [+see also:
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by Wilma Labate. Fabio Martina will also be returning to Sudestival with his new docu-film L’estate di Gino, about Don Gino Rigoldi, chaplain of Milan Beccaria Children's Detention Institute, while the third film to be screened in the new section is Una gloriosa delegazione a Pyongyang by Pepi Romagnoli, followed by The Queen of Casetta [+see also:
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by Francesco Fei, 1938 Diversi [+see also:
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by Giorgio Treves starring Roberto Herlitzka, L’estate più bella by Gianni Vukaj, Il Clan dei Ricciai [+see also:
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by Pietro Mereu, and Camorra [+see also:
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by Francesco Patierno.

(Translated from Italian)

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