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Olivier Assayas will be the guest of honor of the 2020 edition of the Lecce European Film Festival, which will be held from 31 October to 7 November and will pay homage to Aldo Fabrizi.

Sara Olivier Assayas the great protagonist of the 2020 edition of the Lecce European Film Festival, which will be held in the Salento city from 31 October to 7 November. The director Alberto La Monica comments on the illustrious presence of the director of Sils Maria, The dating game e Wasp Network: “I am very happy that you have accepted our invitation Olivier Assayas, one of the most sensitive French filmmakers, who has been able to tell stories that always have a profound sense of society “. Assayas he will receive the Golden Olive Tree, he will meet the public and journalists, and his films will also be shown as part of a retrospective.

As announced, the Lecce Festival also hosts a tribute to Aldo Fabrizi e the eleventh edition of the Mario Verdone Award. The latter, established in agreement with the family Verdone from the European Film Festival, in collaboration with the Experimental Center of Cinematography and the National Union of Italian Film Journalists, is reserved for a young Italian author who has particularly distinguished himself in the last film season for his first work.

The Jury, made up of Carlo, Luca e Silvia Verdone, has chosen three finalists from among the selected authors: Phaim bhuiyan per Bangla, Marco D’Amore per The Immortal, Roberto De Feo per The nest – The nest. As for the tax a Fabrizi, 30 years after his death, the Festival celebrates his talent with a retrospective of the works he directed, and an exhibition on his art by his niece Heaven Pession which includes photographs, posters, playbills, stage clothes, screenplays, gastronomic recipes. There will be a screening of the film Fabrizi & Fellini: the strange encounter, in the presence of the author Luca Verdone, and a meeting / round table moderated by Enrico Magrelli on the importance of the figure of Fabrizi in which various professionals will take part. For the occasion, the restoration of the The Passaguai family (1951), from Fabrizi directed and interpreted.

The Lecce Festival also includes short films, documentaries and meetings dedicated to Italian and European comedy with its most significant characters, as well as a competition of 12 European titles that will be shown in national preview and will compete in theUlivo d’Oro – Cristina Soldano Award for Best European Film. Here is the list:

  • Half sister of Damjan Kozole (Slovenia, 2019)
  • Sister of Svetla Tsotsorkova (Bulgaria, Qatar, 2019) Scandinavian SIlence by Martti Helde (Estonia, France, Belgium, 2019)
  • Winona of The Boy, stage name of Alexandros Voulgaris (Greece 2019)
  • The Beautiful Indifference of Kivanc Sezer (Turkey, 2019)
  • Lara of Jan-Ole Gerster (Germany, 2019)
  • Tench of Patrice Toye (Belgium, 2019
  • Open door of Florenc Papas (Albania, 2019)
  • County Lines of Henry Blake (UK, 2019)
  • Twelve Thousand of Nadège Trebal (France, 2019)
  • Disco of Jorunn Myklebust Syversen (Norway, 2019)
  • The Son of Ines Tanovic (Bosnia, Herzegovina, 2019)

The European Film Festival, conceived and organized by the “Art Promotion” Cultural Association, is organized by the Apulia Film Commission Foundation and the Puglia Region with resources from the Pact for Puglia (FSC). It also avails itself of the support of the Municipality of Lecce and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism-General Direction for Cinema.

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