Spotlight on European Cinema at the 13th Lecce Film Festival
The XIII Edition of the Lecce European Film Festival which will be held from 17 to 21 April will host once again the 2011 LUX Prize Winner Film, The Snows of Kilimandjaro, as a special event followed by a roundtable.
The winner of the LUX Prize 2011, Robert Guédiguian’s The Snows of Kilimandjaro will be screened on in Lecce on April 21 (9 am), followed by the roundtable on The pluralism of European cinema moderated by Clara Albani, head of the European Parliament Information Office in Rome.
Among the Special Guests of the Festival, Emir Kusturica and Sergio Castellito.
"I like fact that the word European is linked to a festival taking place in southern Italy". That is how Sergio Castellitto alluded to – at the presentation in Rome on March 16 - the 13th edition of the Festival Lecce Festival of European Cinema, which will take place on April 17-21. The popular Roman actor, who is finishing editing his latest work with Penélope Cruz, Venuto al mondo, will this year be the star of an event showing 17 films, for which he is both actor and director, from Luciano Tovoli’s The General of the Dead Army (1983) to his own Love & Slaps (2010).
But apart from this habitual tribute to a star of Italian cinema, the festival directed by Alberto La Monica and Cristina Soldano, which is a real celebration of European and Mediterranean cinema, has a rich and varied programme in store which somewhat embraces all the countries of the Old Continent.
Starting with the European Feature Films Competition, with ten films (all in national premiere) shortlisted for nine trophies, including the Cineuropa Award: Spain’s No tengas miedo by Montxo Armendáriz, Sweden’s Happy End by Bjorn Runge, Poland’s Fear of Falling by Bartosz Konopka, Norway’s Oslo, August 31st by Joachim Trier, Austria’s Kuma by Umut Dag, Denmark’s Miss Julie by Linda Wendel, Russia’s Bedouin by Igor Voloshin, Germany’s Above Us Only Sky by Jan Schomburg, Croatia's Daddy by Dalibor Matanic; Italy will be represented by Vacuum by Giorgio Cugno.
Tony Gatlif’s Indignados will be screened in national premiere as an Out of Competition Special Event.
The Euromediterranean Cinema section will this year be dedicated to Slovenian cinema.