A Tutto Schermo 2021 presents the best Italian documentaries put forth in the past year
- Between 19 February and 18 April, by way of the online MyMovies platform, Italy's Rete degli Spettatori will offer up a selection of 10 recent titles which reflect critically upon reality
“Ten wonderful, enthralling films which have something to show us”. In the present pandemic context of social isolation and shuttered cinemas, the Italy's Rete degli Spettatori – an association founded in 2011 with the aim of promoting the most talented Italian authors and their works by developing new methods of distribution– is renewing its commitment to showcase independent film by launching the online edition of A Tutto Schermo, which focuses this year on cinéma du réel, the genre best suited to reflect and interpret the reality around us.
Running 19 February to 19 April, the event will offer up the very best of recent Italian documentary films, exhibiting 10 titles which will be available on demand via the MyMovies platform. “We focused on documentaries this year because they give a stronger idea of Italian cinema than recent fiction productions do”, explained Emanuele Rauco while presenting the event, whose titles she chose in league with Paola Casella, Fabrizio Grosoli and Valerio Jalongo. Theirs is a selection of docs “which operate in wholly cinematographic territory”, which are “highly original and diverse” and which were singled out based on “criteria relating to accessibility, superior aesthetics and enjoyability for the viewer”, the selectors clarified.
Of the ten titles screening within the event, four are Doc Silver Ribbon 2021 finalists: In A Future April (The Young Pasolini) [+see also:
film profile] by Federico Savonitto and Francesco Costabile, in which the poet Nico Naldini speaks of his cousin Pier Paolo Pasolini as he was in the 1940s, living in Casarsa, Friuli; Fellini of the Spirits by Anselma Dell’Olio, which investigates the relationship of the great director of La dolce vita with the unknown, the mysterious and the esoteric; Res creata [+see also:
film profile] by Alessandro Cattaneo, which reflects upon man’s distance from nature and animals which is typical of our time; La rivoluzione siamo noi by Ilaria Freccia (available to view 21-25 March), which explores the period between the 1960s and 1980, when Italy was at the heart of avant-garde art.
Rounding off the line-up, we find Never Whistle Alone [+see also:
film profile] by Marco Ferrari, which gathers together the testimonies of seven civil servants and professionals who reported a case of corruption and went on to suffer the consequences of their decision; Questo è mio fratello by Marco Leopardi, which reflects upon the strength and spirit of people who are trying to live their lives despite physical or mental disabilities; Corleone by Mosco Boucault and Sons of Honour [+see also:
film profile] by Sophia Luvarà (the latter available to view from 26 February to 7 March), both of which open a behind-the-scenes window onto the mafia and ‘ndrangheta; Pino, vita accidentale di un anarchico by Claudia Cipriani, in which the story of the anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli and his controversial death is told by his two daughters, and, last but not least, One More Jump [+see also:
film profile] by Emanuele Gerosa (on demand 14 - 18 April), which follows a group of athletes practicing parkour in the Gaza Strip.
The full programme for A Tutto Schermo 2021 can be accessed here.
(Translated from Italian)
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