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BIF&ST 2019

Bari’s Bif&st to pay tribute to Ennio Morricone and European auteur cinema

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- The tenth anniversary of the festival (27 April-4 May) will feature world premieres of Italian films and 12 titles from all over the world competing for the international crown

Bari’s Bif&st to pay tribute to Ennio Morricone and European auteur cinema
Sons of Denmark by Ulaa Salim

The tenth anniversary edition of Bif&st – The Bari International Film Festival - running 27 April to 4 May – will celebrate Ennio Morricone’s 90th birthday with a retrospective of films featuring his music, two photography exhibitions and a series of masterclasses.

The festival directed by Felice Laudadio and chaired by Margarethe von Trotta will host seven previews in a non-competitive section, including several world premieres of Italian films: I’m Not A Murderer [+see also:
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by Andrea Zaccariello, starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Alessio Boni and Claudia Gerini, The Great Spirit by Sergio Rubini, who also features in the cast alongside Rocco Papaleo and Bianca Guaccero, and Passeggeri notturni by Riccardo Grandi, from the homonymous novel by Gianrico Carofiglio. Flanking the Italians are The Witness [+see also:
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by Mitko Panov, a Swiss director with Macedonian roots; Van Goghs by Sergey Livnev; and finally Sonja: The White Swan [+see also:
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interview: Anne Sewitsky
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, the fourth feature film by Norwegian filmmaker, Anne Sewitsky, which revolves around the famous figure skater, Sonja Henie. 

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12 films from all around the world will be presented in the International Panorama section of the competition, judged by a jury presided over by the British film critic, Derek Malcolm. These include The Bra [+see also:
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by Veit Helmer (Germany/Azerbaijan); Saf [+see also:
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by Ali Vatansever (Turkey/Germany/Romania); Marighella by Wagner Moura (Brazil); Sons of Denmark [+see also:
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interview: Elliott Crosset Hove
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by Ulaa Salim (Denmark); The Waiter [+see also:
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by Steve Krikris (Greece); Rosa by Katja Colja (Italy); The Hummingbird Project [+see also:
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by Kim Nguyen (Belgium/Canada); Irina [+see also:
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by Nadejda Koseva (Bulgaria); Queen of Hearts [+see also:
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interview: May el-Toukhy
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by May el-Toukhy (Denmark/Sweden);Rafaël [+see also:
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by Ben Sombogaart (Netherlands/Belgium/Croatia/Italy); Sealed Lips by Bernd Böhlich (Germany); and Meltem [+see also:
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by Basile Doganis (France-Greece). 

Awards will also be handed out within the ItaliaFilmFest/Feature Films section of the festival, for which the winners have already been chosen: Matteo Garrone for his direction of Dogman [+see also:
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; Luca Guadagnino, Marco Morabito & Co. for the production of Suspiria [+see also:
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by Guadagnino; Mario Martone, Ippolita Di Majo for Best Story with Capri Revolution [+see also:
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by Martone; Best Screenplay, meanwhile, goes to Maurizio Braucci, Claudio Giovannesi and Roberto Saviano for Piranhas [+see also:
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by Giovannesi; Best Actress is Alba Rohrwacher for Lucia’s Grace [+see also:
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by Gianni Zanasi; Best Actor is Alessandro Gazale for Wherever You Are [+see also:
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by Bonifacio Angius; Best Supporting Actress is Marina Confalone for The Vice of Hope [+see also:
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by Edoardo De Angelis; Best Supporting Actor is Edoardo Pesce for Dogman;Best Director of Photography is Daniele Ciprì for Romulus & Remus – The First King [+see also:
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by Matteo Rovere and for Piranhas; Best Set Designer is Dimitri Capuani for Dogman; Best Editor is Walter Fasano for Suspiria;Best Costume Designer is Viorica Petrovici for Menocchio The Heritic [+see also:
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by Alberto Fasulo; and Best Documentary goes to Stefano Savona for Samouni Road [+see also:
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Last but not least, the jury for the First and Second Works competition section will choose their winner from among 15 Italian films: Manuel [+see also:
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by Dario Albertini, Dafne [+see also:
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by Federico Bondi, In viaggio con Adele [+see also:
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by Alessandro Capitani, On My Skin [+see also:
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by Alessio Cremonini, If Life Gives You Lemons [+see also:
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by Ciro D’Emilio, Boys Cry [+see also:
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interview: Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo
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 by Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo, Zen In The Ice Rift [+see also:
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by Margherita Ferri, Euphoria [+see also:
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by Valeria Golino, We’ll Be Young And Beautiful [+see also:
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interview: Letizia Lamartire
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by Letizia Lamartire, Ride [+see also:
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interview: Valerio Mastandrea
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by Valerio Mastandrea, My Own Good [+see also:
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interview: Pippo Mezzapesa
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by Pippo Mezzapesa, Ricordi? [+see also:
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interview: Valerio Mieli
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by Valerio Mieli, Just Like My Son [+see also:
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interview: Costanza Quatriglio
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by Costanza Quatriglio, Tomorrow’s A New Day [+see also:
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by Simone Spada and C’è tempo [+see also:
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by Walter Veltroni.

(Translated from Italian)

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