Emanuela Muzzupappa
I, 2023, col., 18’
Italian o.v.
Italian premiere

Emanuela Muzzupappa
I, 2023, col., 18’
Italian o.v.
Italian premiere

In a small town in southern Italy, a mother’s vow saves her daughter from certain death. For this grace received, the child will be forced to wear the dress of the Saint who awakened her.

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Simone Ruggieri, Emanuela Muzzupappa. Fotografia / Photography: Xavier Tozzi Fontana. Montaggio / Editing: Mattia Napoli. Musica / Music: Lillo Morreale. Suono / Sound: Gabriele Costabile, Alberto Moscone. Scenografia / Art Director: Elena Messina, Stefania Tinelli. Costumi / Costume Designer: Alice Di Luigi. Interpreti / Cast: Marica Pia Campa, Erica Bianco. Produzione / Produced by: CSC Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Roma. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Regione Calabria, Calabria Film Commission. Distribuzione internazionale, distribuzione per l’Italia / World Sales, Distributed in Italy by: Premiere Film

Emanuela Muzzupappa
Film director Emanuela Muzzupappa was born in 1995 in Reggio Calabria, Italy. In 2019 she wrote and directed the short film Accamòra which was selected at SIC within the 77th Venice Film Festival. In June 2023, she graduated from the directing course at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. Love’s Servant premiered at the Poitiers Film Festival in France.

Selected filmography
2017 Legàmi cm / sf 2019-2020 Accamòra cm / sf 2021 I pezzi buoni cm / sf 2022 Febbre cm / sf 2023 Ancella d’amore (Love’s Servant) cm / sf

Bogdan Theodor Olteanu
RO, 2024, col., 16’
Romanian o.v.
World Premiere

When a crime investigation team arrives in a small village near Bucharest to assess the circumstances of a suspicious death, the job seems ordinary at first. With the help of a baffled tightly-knit community, the culprit is found in a matter of hours. But they soon discover that navigating the aftermath of the arrest is far more challenging than the investigation itself.

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Bogdan Theodor Olteanu, Adrian Nicolae. Fotografia / Photography: Mihai Marius Apopei. Montaggio / Editing: Tudor D. Popescu. Suono / Sound: Florin Tăbăcaru. Scenografia, Costumi / Art Director, Costume Designer: Alexandra Panaite. Interpreti / Cast: Adrian Nicolae, Rolando Matsangos, Ioana Bugarin, Alin Florea, Alexandru Ion, Ștefania Cîrcu, Alice Ioana Cosma. Produzione / Produced by: Popski Production. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Avanpost. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Romanian Film Centre

Bogdan Theodor Olteanu
Independent film and theatre director, Bogdan Theodor Olteanu was born in 1976 in Bucharest. He was a rugby player, an investigative journalist at a leading daily newspaper, a sports marketing consultant, a political communication consultant. He is a founding member of the online culture magazine SUB25. His latest film Taxi Drivers (2023) was a box office hit, one of the most viewed Romanian films in the last decades.

Selected filmography
2018 Câteva conversații despre o fată foarte înaltă (Several Conversations About a Very Tall Girl) 2020 Mia își ratează răzbunarea (Mia Misses Her Revenge); Premi / Awards: Warsaw IFF – Premio speciale della giuria / Special Jury Award 2023 Taximetriști (Taxi Drivers) 2024 Buffon cm / sf

As it was
Anastasiia Solonevych, Damian Kocur
PL – UA, 2023, col., 15’
Ukrainian – English o.v.
Italian premiere

Lera has been living in Berlin for almost a year since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. One day she decides to go back to Kyiv. On her way, she finds out that her family is not in Kyiv and will arrive only the next day. She meets her friend Kyrylo, with whom she spends the day. In competition at the latest Cannes Film Festival.

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Anastasiia Solonevych, Damian Kocur. Fotografia, montaggio / Photography, Editing: Damian Kocur. Suono / Sound: Tadeusz Chudy, Łukasz Kaczmarski. Interpreti / Cast: Valeriia Berezovska, Kyrylo Zemlyanyi, Olena Korohod, Sofiia Berezovska, Damian Kocur. Produzione / Produced by: Exa Studio. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Lizart Film. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Salaud Morisset

Anastasiia Solonevych
Anastasiia Solonevych is a debut director from Kyiv. In 2020, she graduated in Film and Television Directing from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

2023 Jak ce bylo (As It Was diretto con / directed with Damian Kocur) cm / sf

Damian Kocur
Director and cinematographer, Damian Kocur was born in 1983, in Katowice, Poland. The Trieste FF presented in 2016 his short What I Want, in 2021 Beyond Is the Day, which was awarded Best Short Film, and in 2023 his debut feature Bread and Salt.

Selected filmography
2015 To, czego chcę (What I Want) cm / s f 2020 Dalej jest dzień (Beyond Is the Day); Premi / Awards: Trieste FF – Miglior cortometraggio / Best Short Film; Clermont-Ferrand ISFF – Miglior film europeo / Best European Film 2022 Chleb i sól (Bread and Salt); Premi / Awards: Venezia, Mostra del cinema – Premio speciale della giuria “Orizzonti” / Venice FF – Special ‘Orizzonti’ Jury Prize 2023 Jak ce bylo (As It Was diretto con / directed with Anastasiia Solonevych) cm / sf

Let the Dewy Flowers Bloom
Ivan Bakrač
MNE – SRB, 2023, col., 17’
Serbian – Montenegrin o.v.
Italian premiere

Nikola goes to the south of Montenegro to say goodbye to his best friend. On the way, he meets Maja, with whom he has more in common than it seems. “The idea came from thoughts on life’s turning points and the inevitable steps we have to take, on what our strength is when we are unable to answer questions that simply do not have concrete answers. And then there is an element of fate, that is, coincidence, which makes the idea even more appealing.” (I. Bakrač)

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Ivan Bakrač, Dušan Kasalica. Fotografia / Photography: Staša Bukumirović. Montaggio / Editing: Nataša Pantić. Suono / Sound: Luka Barajević. Scenografia, costumi / Art Director, Costume Designer: Dragon Baćović. Interpreti / Cast: Nikola Pavlović, Maja Šuša. Produzione / Produced by: Quadrifolium Films. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Moviola. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Filmskog Centra Crne Gore

Ivan Bakrač
Ivan Bakrač (born in 1987 in Montenegro) graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Design in Belgrade with an MA degree in film directing. He has written and directed short and medium-length films that participated in international festivals. A member of the European Film Academy, he also works as a festival programmer. Let the Dewy Flowers Bloom premiered at the latest Sarajevo FF.

2013 Ratovi (Wars) mm / ml 2014 Koža će nam postati siva (Our skin is going to gray) cm / sf 2016 Maleš cm / sf 2021 Poslije zime (After the Winter) 2023 Neka cvjeta rosno cvijeće (Let the Dewy Flowers Bloom) cm /sf

Eighth Day
Petr Pylypčuk
CZ, 2023, col., 20’
Czech o.v.
Italian premiere

A religious sect congregates by a lake in a forest. They are preparing to perform a baptism the next day, but teenager Anna has her own plans. “The main theme of Eighth Day is growing up in a strict religious sect. I based the film on my own family, part of which belongs to a fundamentalist Christian religion. Eighth Day is an account of the clash between free will and ideological indoctrination that children growing up in this oppressive and patriarchal environment are subjected to.” (P. Pylypčuk)

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Petr Pylypčuk. Fotografia / Photography: Helena Fikerová. Montaggio / Editing: Timotej Rajniš. Suono / Sound: Klára Ondračková. Scenografia / Art Director: Matěj Sýkora. Costumi / Costume Designer: Ellen Pávková. Interpreti / Cast: Caroline Barnard, Jan Pokorný, Jan Teplý Jr., Kristýna Badinková Nováková. Produzione / Produced by: Perfilm. Coproduzione / Coproduced by: Studio FAMU, Czech Television. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Czech Film Fund, Karlovy Vary Region. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Radiator IP Sales

Petr Pylypčuk
Petr Pylypčuk is a Czech director, screenwriter, graduate of the Directing Department at FAMU Prague. He is currently developing his feature debut film, Eli. Eighth Day premiered at the latest Cannes Film Festival, in the official selection of La Cinef 2023.

Selected filmography
2020 Jan cm / sf; Metro cm / sf 2023 Osmý den (Eighth Day) cm / sf

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