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BIF&ST 2020

Ken Loach and Roberto Benigni to feature among Bari Bif&st guests

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- The 11th edition of the festival directed by Felice Laudadio, which is unfolding in the Apulian capital between 21 to 28 March, will also be graced by the likes of Helen Mirren and Edgar Reitz

Ken Loach and Roberto Benigni to feature among Bari Bif&st guests
Director Ken Loach and actor-director Roberto Benigni

Ken Loach, Helen Mirren, Roberto Benigni and Edgar Reitz will be the super guests of the 11th Bif&st - Bari International Film Festival, directed by Felice Laudadio, which will bring the Apulian capital to life yet again between 21 and 28 March, with one additional location in the offing this year: the very recently renovated Piccinni Theatre, which will join the ranks of the Petruzzelli and Margherita theatres on this occasion.

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Among the 12 films selected for the International Panorama competition and set to be judged by the jury composed of films critics Michel Demopoulos and Oscar Iarussi, directors Pif and Alessandro Piva, and actress Martina Apostolova, we find Despite the Fog by Goran Paskaljević, starring Donatella Finocchiaro and Giorgio Tirabassi, a co-production between Italy, Serbia, Macedonia and France; German works Free Country [+see also:
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by Christian Alvart and The German Lesson [+see also:
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by Christian Schwochow, as well as the German-Austrian co-production Gipsy Queen [+see also:
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by Hüseyin Tabak; French title Sympathy for the Devil [+see also:
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by Guillaume de Fontenay, Our Lady of the Nile [+see also:
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by Atiq Rahimi (France/Belgium/Rwanda) and Three Summers [+see also:
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by Sandra Kogut (Brazil/France).

Standing out on the yet-to-be-finalised International Premieres menu, meanwhile, are works such as The Translators [+see also:
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by Régis Roinsard, starring Lambert Wilson, Olga Kurylenko and Riccardo Scamarcio; The Audition [+see also:
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interview: Ina Weisse
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by Ina Weisse, starring Nina Hoss, and the Italian premiere of Bad Tales [+see also:
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by the D’Innocenzo brothers, which is also competing at the Berlinale, not to mention the much anticipated Bombshell by Jay Roach, starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, which has been selected as the festival’s opening film.

Six titles will enjoy their world premieres in the competitive New Italian Cinema section, whose jury is presided over by the German critic Klaus Eder and is further composed of 24 specially selected viewers. The works in question are La regola d’oro by Alessandro Lunardelli, starring Simone Liberati, Edoardo Pesce and Barbora Bobulova; Il regno by Francesco Fanuele, starring Stefano Fresi and Max Tortora; Burraco fatale by Giuliana Gamba, starring Claudia Gerini, Angela Finocchiaro and Paola Minaccioni; La rivincita by Leo Muscato, starring Michele Venitucci and Michele Cipriani; Storia di classe by Valerio Jalongo and; Si muore solo da vivi by Alberto Rizzi, starring Alessandro Roja and Alessandra Mastronardi.

The usual programme of masterclasses which is helmed by key figures in Italian and international cinema and which is always a big hit with Bari audiences, will be announced on 9 March. Meanwhile, a retrospective of 35 years in film will be dedicated to the great director Mario Monicelli whom we lost ten years ago, and a showcase of 8 successful titles (including Green Book and Perfect Strangers [+see also:
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) will celebrate 30 years of industry activity for the Leone Film Group. Last but not least, the Bif&st film critics’ jury has already crowned its winners: the most highly decorated films in this year’s edition are Pinocchio [+see also:
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by Matteo Garrone and The Traitor [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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by Marco Bellocchio.

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(Translated from Italian)

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