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BIOGRAFILM 2022

90 titles “on the side of civil rights” to be showcased in the 18th Biografilm Festival

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- The festival dedicated to biographies and life stories is scheduled to unspool in Bologna between 10 and 20 June, and online between 12 and 22 June

90 titles “on the side of civil rights” to be showcased in the 18th Biografilm Festival
Huda's Salon by Hany Abu-Assad

“A militant festival which knows which side to take: the civil rights and anti-war side. A festival which doesn’t set out to change the world, but to arouse curiosity and reflect upon the complexities of this world”. This is how Director General Massimo Mezzetti sums up the 18th edition of his Biografilm Festival (scheduled to unspool in Bologna between 10 and 20 June, and online on MyMovies between 12 and 22 June). The event boasts a rich and varied programme with 90 titles gracing its various sections, whether coming-of-age tales, stories of resilience and courage, reflections on the culture of violence, hate and war, reaffirmations of LGBTQIA+ rights, stories about writers and about sport as a vehicle for social redemption.

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In addition to the usual International Competition, spotlighting the most recent and most fascinating documentary productions from all around the world, and to Biografilm Italy, offering up the best of unseen Italian documentaries, the “Europe Beyond Borders” section is also acquiring a competitive edge this year, pitting European fiction films against one another. Among these is a world premiere of John Slattery’s Irish title The Far Field [+see also:
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, in which an old man receives a letter from the past, 60 years late, which subsequently turns his life upside down, while movies not yet seen in Italy include Excess Will Save Us [+see also:
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by Morgane Dziurla-Petit, Broadway [+see also:
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by Christos Massalas, Beautiful Beings [+see also:
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by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, Working Class Heroes [+see also:
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by Miloš Pušić and Huda's Salon [+see also:
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by Hany Abu-Assad.

Once again hosting the Contemporary Lives section, with its illuminating focus on topical issues, and an Art & Music line-up homing in on emotional life stories revolving around art and music, the festival will open with the documentary dedicated to Lady Diana, The Princess [+see also:
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by Ed Perkins, before shutting up shop with Carine Tardieu’s The Young Lovers [+see also:
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, which is set to be introduced by its protagonist Fanny Ardant. Other titles worth a mention include Young Plato by Neasa Ní Chianáin and Declan McGrath, which centres on a Belfast school using philosophy as a tool to challenge the mythology of war and of violence, and Who Would You Tell by Dery Sultana, which tells the tale of three brothers born in Malta, separated from their parents and sent to Australia with the promise of a better future: a migration plan agreed between the two countries which turns out to be a failure. There’s also Mr. Landsbergis [+see also:
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by Sergei Loznitsa, the Spanish movie Erasmus in Gaza [+see also:
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by Chiara Avesani and Matteo Delbò - whose protagonist Riccardo is the first western student in the world to set foot in the Gaza Strip in order to learn the tricks of the trade from local surgeons - and Jason [+see also:
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by Maasja Ooms, which follows the post-traumatic therapy of a boy who was wrongly sent to prison.

There’s also a world premiere of Gian Paolo Barbieri. L’uomo e la bellezza by Emiliano Scatarzi, which focuses on the inventor of modern fashion photography, while Stig Björkman’s Swedish title Joyce Carol Oates: A Body in the Service of Mind, which homes in on one of the most important voices in American literature, is set to enjoy its European premiere. Another title not to be missed is Adi Arbel’s Grossman, which sets its gaze on the great contemporary writer. In terms of civil rights and freedom of expression, there’ll be Into My Name [+see also:
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by Nicolò Bassetti, Instructions for Survival [+see also:
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by Yana Ugrekhelidze, and Il gioco di Silvia by Valerio Lo Muzio and Emiliano Trovati, which steps into the world of a sex worker caught between stereotypes, prejudice and a search for freedom. Sports-based stories include Barber Ring by Alessio Di Cosimo, which tells of Manuel Ernesti’s redemption through boxing, and No Hero at All by Michał Kawecki, which revolves around a Polish paralympic Alpine Skiing champion. This year’s tributes, meanwhile, include “Cousins: Viaggi nel grande cinema”, dedicated to Northern Irish director Mark Cousins.

Last but not least, documentary professionals will be heading to the Bio to B - Industry Days event, scheduled for 15 – 18 June, where 18 new documentary and docuseries projects are set to be presented to an audience of international decision-makers.

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(Translated from Italian)

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