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October 15, 2015

50 Days Film Festival in Florence

From 29 October to 13 December, 50 days of international cinema in Florence

Nine international festivals taking place from October 29 to December 13: the 50 Days Film Festival is back at Florence’s Odeon Theatre.

The Festival opens with France Odeon (October 29 - November 1), with the best of French cinema. A festival which has been attended in the past by notable red-carpet guests, such as Laura Morante, Charles Aznavour, Franck Dubosc, Luca Zingaretti, and featuring an international event which is still top secret.

From November 2 to 4, the music documentaries of Images and Sounds of the World. The Ethno-Music Film Festival, including the Jamaican Rocksteady. The Roots of Reggae by Stascha Bader, the Serbian Brasslands by Meerkat Media Collective and the Argentinian Midsummer Night’s Tango by Viviane Blumenschein.

From November 5 to 10, the International Festival of Cinema and Women, which focuses on Tunisia, a country representing a model of democracy in the African continent and where significant strides have been made to include women in the country’s cultural life.

Female film director Kaouther Ben Hania will introduce her film Le Challat de Tunis.
The Florence Queer Festival (November 11 - 17) deals with LGBTI-themed films and the rights of the variegated queer world. The festival includes the preview of Principe Maurice: tribute by Daniele Sartori, the story of one of the most iconic figures of the nightlife of the ‘90s.

Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival, (November 18 - 22) revolves around art cinema and films about contemporary art and this year it will be featuring the films by German film director Harun Farocki and includes the preview of Jan Fabre: Beyond The Artist by Giulio Boato, the story of the one-day-long show-event by the great Belgian performer, Mount Olympus/24h.

The latest addition to the 50 Days 2015 Festival is a four-day event, from November 23 to 26, which will be screening classics of the history of cinema in the restored version, organized with the collaboration of Bologna’s Film Archives.

Festival dei Popoli. The International Festival of Documentary Films is in its 56th year (November 27 - December 4). The Festival includes many films in competition- both Italian and international -, a tribute to Polish film director Wojciech Staron and, in the Filmmaker in Focus section, a screening of films by Peruvian director Mary Jimenez.
India is once again the star of River to River Florence Indian Film Festival (December 5 - 10).

In its 15th year, the Festival features films by major Indian video-artists with the collaboration of the Kochi-Muziris Art Biennale, in the Indian Video Art section.
The 50 Days Festival closes with Finnish cinema and the new Italian cinema.

Una finestra sul Nord, from December 11 to 13, is dedicated to Finland, with the preview of Mielensäpahoittaja (The Grump, 2014) by Dome Karukoski. The N.I.C.E. Città di Firenze Award, curated by the Festival N.I.C.E., will go to an Italian film during the gala event held on December 13, which will lavishly close the Festival.


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