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The Torino Film Festival 2020 has announced the opening and closing films, they are both European comedies to sweeten this unfortunate annus horribilis a little.

Annus horribilis if there was one, this 2020 has at least united the whole world, albeit under the banner of the pandemic. The Turin Film Festival, in such a particular year, he tries to bring the smile back to the cinema and he does it with two European comedies. To open this year’s edition, on November 20, 2020, will be Dance Dance (Explota Explota), a musical comedy built on the notes of the greatest hits of Raffaella Carrà, which marks the feature debut of the Uruguayan director Nacho Alvarez. A year with Godot (Un Triomphe), second feature by the French director Emmanuel Courcol, and instead the closing film, scheduled for November 28th.

“I am very proud to have two European films in international premieres that are aimed at the general public – he underlines Stefano Francia of Celle, director of the Torino Film Festival. “I am sure that they will be able to give an important impetus to the relationship between spectators and theaters, thanks to the many interpretations. The films are linked to two very welcoming icons, Raffaella Carrà and Kad Merad: both bring messages of social inclusion, positivity and love for art, underlining the intersection of cultures, which has always been a theme dear to TFF ”.

Ballo Ballo by Nacho Alvarez, opening film of the Torino Film Festival 2020

Dance Dance (Explota Explota) is a Spanish and Italian co-production (RAI cinema e Indigo, with the collaboration of Amazon Prime Video) set in the sparkling 70s in Spain, a period marked by a strict censorship of costumes. The protagonist, Maria, is a girl full of life and desire for freedom, with a great passion for dancing and the dream of becoming a television star. After abandoning her betrothed in front of the altar of a church in Rome, she returns to Madrid and, with a stroke of luck, manages to enter the dance troupe of the most successful program of the moment. Rosa’s nights. There he falls in love with Pablo, son of the fearsome television censor Celedonio, who is following in his father’s footsteps in the television station.

Accompanied by the hits of Raffaella Carrà, in a whirlwind of music and technicolor choreography, we will discover if it is really worth going against every rule and having the courage to radically change your life. In the cast Ingrid García-Jonsson, Verónica Echegui, Fernando Guallar, Giuseppe Maggio, Fran Morcillo, Fernando Tejero, Pedro Casablanc, Carlos Hipolito and Natalia Millán.

I am thrilled to present my first work in Italy, in particular at the prestigious Turin Film Festival – declares the director Nacho Alvarez. With Dance Dance I would like to pay tribute, with a Latin American look, to that extraordinary woman that Italians are so lucky to have. This film is a hymn to freedom and the joy of living, two things that unfortunately we have lost this year but which is time to find again! Olé Raffaella, Olé Ballo Ballo! ”

A year with Godot by Emmanuel Courcol, the closing film of the Torino Film Festival 2020

A year with Godot (Un Triomphe), presented in the official selection (which never took place) at the last Cannes Film Festival, is a comedy inspired by an incredible true story. Produced by Dany Boon (Down North) e Robert Guédiguian, directed by Emmanuel Courcol (screenwriter of Welcome and Nel nome della terra), starring a theater actor (Kad merad) who, to make ends meet, agrees to hold a seminar in prison.

Surprised by the talents of some inmates, he decides to stage with them Waiting for Godot of Samuel Beckett, and to do it in a real theater. Amidst a thousand difficulties, an extraordinary human adventure begins, whose unexpected conclusion will leave everyone speechless.

“I heard immediately – says the director Emmanuel Courcol – the emotional, comic and dramatic potential of this story at the same time. The inmates protagonists, despite being ‘light years away from Beckett’, as one of them says, are actually closer to the universe of Waiting for Godot than one might imagine, illuminating with their daily experience the universal themes of absence. and waiting “.

A year with Godot will be distributed in Italy by Teodora Film.

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