{mosimage}Recognised as being the most important event covering the film industry of the “new Europe” (and likewise constantly expanding), the festival has in the past 20 years become the most authoritative venue of its type in Italy and abroad, able to bring to bear a unique experience, know-how, creativity and energy to reflect the cinema sector in the vast geographic area stretching from the Baltic to the Mediterranean.

Among the feature films competing – all of which Italian premieres – one of the most significant is the revelatory Kynodontas (Dogtooth) by Yorgos Lanthimos, awarded by Paolo Sorrentino at the last Cannes festival as the best film in the Certain regard section, a savage and bitter investigation into the family as institution, told in a grotesque, surreal style. This is a film that once again exemplifies the great vitality of Greek cinema, which in recent years has produced a generation of young filmmakers now making names for themselves in numerous international festivals.

Among the films proposed in the section dedicated to musical documentaries is How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin by Leslie Woodhead, an English director who at the start of his career in 1962 visited the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where he filmed a couple of minutes of a concert by a then-unknown group that would subsequently overturn the musical world: the Beatles. His career took Leslie around the world and at the end of the 1980s, his travels were increasingly to Soviet bloc countries. Leslie would describe these different places and histories but he also noted a curious common denominator: the impression, importance and mark left by the Beatles in an incredible number of people. At the end of the 2000s, Leslie decided to return to Russia to find musicians, fans and ordinary people who had caught the Beatles bug years ago, and have them describe how this passion changed their lives...

The personal section will this year be dedicated to the Czech director, Helena Trestikova, a highly original filmmaker specialising in works focusing on the effects of passing time, following the protagonists over many years.

The festival will also have the usual spaces dedicated to the Competition, to explorations, music and special events, meetings, concerts, round tables, exhibitions, performances and much more...

Feature film competitions
The competitions, comprising about twelve feature films presented as Italian premieres and chosen from the most significant works of the past two years, aims to document and interpret the most original trends from the area of Europe under examination, indicative of the directions the cinema sector is taking overall. The works compete for the Trieste Prize for the best fiction feature film.
A competition dedicated to international and Italian documentaries, which compete for the Alpe Adria Cinema Prize. The section consists of about twenty films given their Italian premiere.
Short films
About twenty film and video shorts produced over the past two years in Central and Eastern Europe competing for the Trieste SHORT Prize for best short film.

Greek cinema
Planned as a biennial project, the tribute to Greek cinema continues. After having explored the best production of feature films and shorts of the past ten years in the first phase of this investigation, entitled “Greek cinema. Films from the edge”, the series continues this year by looking further back, to the early days of that movement between the 1960s and 1970s headed by Angelopoulos: the “New Greek Cinema”, a felicitous and enlightened Hellenic movement that established itself immediately after the fall of the Colonels’ regime. The focus will move to the 1980s, which marked another positive and lively period for Greek cinema, benefiting from a more favourable political climate (Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou was elected on 21st October 1981) and the founding of the Greek Film Centre, a national institution created to support the production, distribution and promotion of the local film industry in Greece and abroad. A new appointment to reflect on those who have inspired younger Greek filmmakers and about the generational confrontation between the great masters and new emerging talent from the Balkan south-east.

Walls of Sound
The second part of the musical journey through Central and Eastern Europe, which we visit thanks to a selection of documentaries produced in recent years in this area. While the series presented during the 20th edition of the festival focused on exploring different musical phenomena – understood as both artistic and generational movements – the continuation of the series offered by the 21st edition will explore individual cases more closely, through biographical and autobiographical accounts, the role of music as a motive and engine for life, a source of great hope and great disappointments, and also investigate the bond between places and artistic expression, music and identity.

CEI EVENT EASTWEEK. New talents, great masters 
A project for the creation of a network between the film schools and academies of Central and Eastern Europe.
Started for the 20th edition, the project aims to continue to expand for the next edition of the Trieste Film Festival and foresees the involvement of the most important film schools of Central Europe. In order to offer an opportunity for study and exploration to the students participating in the initiative, the festival will invite some leading exponents of the cinema of this area to meetings, workshops and masterclasses to be held during the week of the TFF. The themes of the masterclasses will revolve around the techniques of directing, acting and the relationship with the screenplay and sound track.

Cinema Zones
A wide-ranging container used to provide space and visibility for local production and the many styles characterising both the forms of documentaries associated with the local region and the complexity of its history, and the trends in free narrative and creative experimentation. The ideal showcase for the region’s film production, Cinema Zones represents a unique moment and space for learning about the best that is produced and filmed in the region during the year preceding the Trieste Film Festival.
A new feature of the last edition of the festival was the institution of a new prize associated with Cinema Zones: the public is invited to vote for the most interesting film of the section, which is awarded the prize offered by the Province of Trieste.

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