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Festa del Cinema di Mare
July 31, 2023

Festa del Cinema di Mare in Castiglione della Pescaia

From August 24 to 28, the event directed by Giovanni Veronesi returns, special awards Mauro Mancini and Guido Parigi

From August 24 to 30, the Sea Film Festival - Mauro Mancini Prize/Guido Parigi Prize returns to Castiglione della Pescaia. Directing it will be, for the second year, Tuscan director and screenwriter Giovanni Veronesi, a Pratese with Castiglione della Pescaia in his heart, who in 2021 took over the baton from its creator and founder, Corriere della Sera critic Claudio Carabba, who passed away in November 2020. Here our latest interview with the screenwriter and director.

Giovanni Veronesi

The event brings again this year big names of Italian cinema and beyond: confirmed the presence of Valeria Golino, Gabriele Muccino, Piera Detassis and Vinicio Capossela, who performs a concert on the beach, at the conclusion of the festival, inspired by the sea. The Sea Cinema Festival was born in 2016 with the aim of promoting quality cinema in the Maremma area and dedicating a cultural initiative to the relationship of man with the sea, told by the cinematographic works - documentaries, dramas, animation and shorts - of yesterday and today.

Gabriele MuccinoValeria Golino

Since the second edition, held in 2018, again at the wish of founder and artistic director Claudio Carabba, the festival has been enriched with the Mauro Mancini Award, for European short films on the theme of the sea, a prize named after the La Nazione journalist and sailor, who died dramatically at sea during a venture with Ambrogio Fogar, who has always been very attached to Castiglione della Pescaia and its sea. Fifty short films were received at the event, which will be evaluated by a jury of experts, chaired by Giovanni Veronesi.

Festival del Cinema del Mare

Then, from 2019, the Guido Parigi Special Prize was created, for the best short film with a journalistic slant, dedicated to the memory of another great journalist from La Nazione, awarded by a jury of students from Grosseto's high schools, coordinated by an expert. This year the girls and boys of the "Youth Editorial Staff" will make up the jury, coordinated by Alessio Brizzi. The youngsters will also choose some short films by authors under 40 that will be screened during the festival.

During the days from August 24 to 30, in the heart of Castiglione della Pescaia, the Sea Cinema Festival will feature evening screenings at Cinema Castello and afternoon screenings of documentaries at the "Italo Calvino" Library, where three short films chosen by the "Youth Editorial Board" will also be screened. The evening films will be preceded by some short films in competition at the Mancini and Paris Awards. It will be journalist and president and artistic director of the Accademia del Cinema Italiano - Premi David di Donatello, Piera Detassis, who will interview guests in the afternoon meetings.

The program consists of repertory and latest release films, flanked by side events at various locations around the country, including: "Archaeology of Courage - Operacquatica. The Circle of Embraces," Elena Guerrini's site-specific performance scheduled for Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m., at the Darsena. One of the scheduled films, premiered, will be Antonio Tibaldi's "Gorgona": a meticulous account of life inside a unique prison in the middle of the sea.

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