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The African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival is due to take place in Milan

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- The 28th edition of the event (18-25 March) will be opened by A Season in France, Mahamat Saleh Haroun’s most recent film

The African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival is due to take place in Milan
A Season in France by Mahamat Saleh Haroun

The 28th edition of the African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival will be held in Milan from 18 to 25 March, the only festival in Italy dedicated to the cinematography and cultures of the three continents. The show will feature about 60 films, including 25 Italian premieres, two European premieres and three world premieres, as well as a selection of the latest quality cinema productions chosen from around 600 films. Opening the 28th edition will be the Italian premiere of A Season in France [+see also:
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, the most recent and highly-anticipated film by an old acquaintance of the festival: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. A Season in France is Haroun’s first film shot in France and includes intense performances from Eriq Ebouaney and Sandrine Bonnaire

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The Lungometraggi Finestre sul Mondo (feature-length window into the world) competition includes a mixture of10 documentary and fiction films, almost all of which are European co-productions: the shocking new documentary by Talal Derki, Of Fathers and Sons [+see also:
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(Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2018), in which the Syrian director returns to his country to film the daily life of a family of Al Qaida combatants, the revelatory film screened during the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes in 2017, I Am Not a Witch [+see also:
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by the Zambian director Rungano Nyoni, an ironic and imaginative drama about “witch” children. Returning to Milan is a cult director of Bengalese cinema, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, founder of Chabal (the avant-garde Bangladeshi movement for young cinematic talent) with his film No Bed of Roses, starring international Indian actor Irrfan Khan (The Millionaire [+see also:
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, Lunchbox [+see also:
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), also in competition at Rotterdam Film Festival 2018 is the debut film by Egyptian director Fawzi Saleh, Poisonous Roses [+see also:
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, filmed in the ancient tanneries of Cairo, Severina by Felipe Hirsch tells the story of a mysterious and tumultuous love affair between a melancholic bookseller and a book thief in Montevideo, from Brazil is Azougue Nazareth by Tiago Melo (Bright Future Award at Rotterdam Film Festival 2018) filmed in the region of Recife and telling the story of a conflict between a group of sambador poets preparing for a carnival and an evangelist pastor who bans the "demonic" tradition. Indonesian director Kamila Andini will also be screening his second feature film, The Seen and Unseen [+see also:
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The Extr'A Competition section will be dedicated to films by Italian directors in comparison with other cultures. Among those selected are two world-first documentaries, Vita di Marzouk by Ernesto Pagano, about the return of a man and his sons to the village in which he was born in Tunisia, and Underground Harvestby Silvia Vignato, Parsifal Reparato and Christian Giuffrida, filmed in North Sumatra, the film is the collective description of the relationship between the female world of rice fields and the male world of the feverish and risky hunt for gold.

An ironic and brilliant comedy, Sheikh Jackson by Amr Salama (Egypt), will be the protagonist of the festival's closing night, after also closing Toronto Film Festival. Finally, the African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival will be paying tribute to Idrissa Ouédraogo, one of the greatest African filmmakers of all time, who passed away on 18 February. Special events also include a meeting with the famous British composer Michael Nyman, president of the competition jury.

(Translated from Italian)

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