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The best of Italian cinema set to be showcased in Annecy

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- Running 21 – 27 September, the 38th edition of the event will take a hybrid form, unfolding in cinemas and online, with several Venetian titles shining bright within the line-up

The best of Italian cinema set to be showcased in Annecy
Hidden Away by Giorgio Diritti

Hidden Away [+see also:
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by Giorgio Diritti, which bagged Elio Germano the Silver Bear for Best Actor in Berlin, is today opening the 28th Annecy Italian Film Festival (running 21 – 27 September 2020), an event which will eventually be closed by the Venetian competitor Notturno [+see also:
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by Gianfranco Rosi (due to be released in France on 3 February 2021, via Météore Films). It’s an edition set to unspool in hybrid form, with films screening in cinemas but also made available free of charge, online (available in France and Switzerland, 1,000 views per film, at online.annecycinemaitalien.com).

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The competition will see eight feature films battle it out, two of which are making their way here straight from the Venice Film Festival: Padrenostro [+see also:
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by Claudio Noce (which earned Pierfrancesco Favino the Volpi Cup for Best Actor) and The Predators [+see also:
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by Pietro Castellitto (a first feature film awarded the Orizzonti Best Screenplay award). Likewise in the running are debut fiction films Ordinary Justice [+see also:
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by Chiara Bellosi (which recently graced Berlin’s Generation line-up), Simple Women [+see also:
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by Chiara Malta (discovered in Toronto), The Lamb [+see also:
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by Mario Piredda (crowned a champion in Rome) and the title Rose Stone Star [+see also:
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by Marcello Sannino (a filmmaker from the documentary world) which made a name for itself in Rotterdam. Two documentaries are also in the game, namely Faith [+see also:
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by Valentina Pedicini (unveiled at the IDFA) and Punta sacra [+see also:
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by Francesca Mazzoleni (victorious at the Visions du Réel Festival).

In the category of unseen films or French premieres, the Prima section will screen Una promessa [+see also:
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by Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio (unveiled during Venice’s Giornate degli Autori – released in France on 14 October by way of Shellac), Il mio corpo [+see also:
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by Michele Pennetta (awarded Cannes’ ACID 2020 label), Hammamet [+see also:
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by Gianni Amelio, Figli [+see also:
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by Giuseppe Bonito and the comedy Tolo Tolo [+see also:
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by Checco Zalone.

Especially worth a mention in the other sections of this very rich festival programme is My Brother Chases Dinosaurs [+see also:
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by Stefano Cipani (EFA Young Audience Award 2020), the documentaries One More Jump [+see also:
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by Emanuele Gerosa and Fuori tutto by Gianluca Matarrese, The House of Love [+see also:
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by Luca Ferri (discovered in the Berlinale Forum), Checkpoint Berlin [+see also:
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by Fabrizio Ferraro, a Focus on the director and autofiction forerunner Corso Salini, not to mention tributes paid to Federico Fellini and Alberto Sordi.

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