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A Glance at Day 7

A Glance at Day 7

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  1. After paying homage to Pierre Rissient, the tireless discoverer of talent and director of Cinq et la peau, we return to Manila to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Filipino cinema, with its most famous director, Lino Brocka, and with a film, Maynila: sa mga kuko ng liwanag (Manila in the Claws of Light), which can be compared to Italian Neo-realism.
     
  2. It is the first time Diego Abatantuono has visited Piazza Grande. He'll arrive with a comedy of which he is the likeable pivot, a sort of innocent sui generis to which a killer opens his eyes to what and who is around him.
     
  3. La Flor. This is the longest journey ever offered by the festival. It comes from Argentina. Only those who know the meaning of the soul's periphery and travel before they even set out on their way could create such a presumptuous and fascinating project, so encyclopaedic and inconclusive. A crossing of the film genres in the company of a multitude of voices and stories. The challenge has already begun...
     
  4. The family home is at the centre of Trote, the Galician portrait by Xacio Baño, and of the kibbutz meeting of the three brothers who played a leading role in The Dive. Both films demonstrate very precise staging choices, both are marked by two visually striking final sequences.
  5. Different forms of seduction and oppression. In Sedução da Carne, Bressane returns with his very personal humour and a disturbing inspiration to tell us about the Brazilian obsession with meat; in Alles ist gut by Eva Trobisch, she sews a story around her extraordinary lead where things don't go as well as they seem.
Carlo Chatrian
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