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Silvio Orlando
September 13, 2021

Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema 2021

International guests, 29 preview films and a special tribute to Nino Manfredi. From October 1 to 10

Aleksandr Sokurov, Silvio Orlando, Lodo Guenzi and Alba Rohrwacher are just some of the guests of the Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema 2021, the 17th edition, on stage from October 1 to 10, with an international selection of 29 films, including features and shorts, all in national premiere.

Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov, Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Film Festival with Faust, is in fact this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and will be in Lucca to collect the prize and present some of his historic films, such as Mother and Son (October 2), The Evening Sacrifice and Russian Ark (October 3).

Lodo Guenzi

Singer and actor Lodo Guenzi is a guest on Monday, October 4, at 9 pm, at the Astra cinema, to present a preview of Est, his debut on the big screen, directed by Raffaele Pisu. 

On October 7 it's Silvio Orlando's turn, at 9 p.m. at cinema Astra, to present Il bambino nascosto by Roberto Andò, while Alba Rohrwacher is the special guest of the day on Monday, October 11, at cinema Astra to present Skies of Lebanon, and actress chosen for the Settima Musa award for Donne all'ultimo grido.

Alba Rohrwacher

Other highlights include an evening on October 5 dedicated to the pianist and composer who died in the spring of 2020, Ezio Bosso, with the direct testimony of his grandson, Tommaso Bosso, who introduces the documentary Ezio Bosso. Le cose che restano by Giorgio Verdelli. While on October 6 at the Astra cinema, director Michelangelo Frammartino presents his latest film Il Buco, which won the special jury prize at the 78th Venice Film Festival.

Thirty years after its release, there is also the reunion of the cast of Mediterraneo, a masterpiece by Gabriele Salvatores, and, 100 years after his birth, a tribute to the great Nino Manfredi with films and meetings, such as the one in the presence of the actor's family at the screening of the documentary Uno, nessuno e cento Nino, directed by his son and director Luca Manfredi, scheduled for October 8.

A festival in hybrid form, with a program full of screenings, digital meetings and live events such as Effetto Cinema Notte, the section that as every edition will animate the red carpet during the event.

First time instead for Every Screen tv, a film contest within the streaming platform Twitch, created and promoted together with the platform Multiplayer.

To animate the program the international competitions (feature films and short films), to "discover the new talents of cinema". There will also be previews out of competition (films accompanied by the protagonists, which will then be released in Italian cinemas) and the Art section with themed exhibitions such as Stars and Frames, a personal exhibition by Pier Toffoletti, from September 25 to October 22 in the evocative setting of the Church of San Cristoforo.

Artwork from the Stars and Frames exhibition

Among the tributes, that to Nino Manfredi, remembered in the 100 years of his birth through a selection of his films, a dedicated exhibition and guests of his "cinema".

In the program also the Educational section dedicated to schools, with new projects that will involve the classes of the territory with events in web conferencing and in presence, including screenings but also presentations and master classes held by the guests of the Festival.

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