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Birgit Minichmayr to open Bolzano Filmfestival Bozen 2018

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- The Austrian actress will open the 32nd edition of the festival, which focuses on Italian, German, Swiss and Austrian cinema, with the film Animals on 10 April. Lithuania is this year’s guest country

Birgit Minichmayr to open Bolzano Filmfestival Bozen 2018
Animals by Greg Zglinski

Austrian actress Birgit Minichmayr (3 Days in Quiberon [+see also:
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) – among the most eclectic of her generation – will be opening the 32nd edition of Bolzano Filmfestival Bozen with the film Animals [+see also:
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. A total of 65 feature films, documentaries and shorts are scheduled to be screened at the festival from 10 to 15 April, both in competition and in specific sections, as part of a varied and multifaceted programme. The two international juries, which will be judging the best feature film and the best documentary, are composed of Carlos Gerstenhauer (director of the BR - Bayerischer Rundfunk film section), Sarah Franzosini (journalist for Salto.bz) and Andrea Schramek (actress and screenwriter) for the fiction film section, and Klaus Schaefer (head of the FFF - FilmFernsehFonds Bayern for many years), Nela Märki (Editor), and Daniela Cecchin (Filmfestival of Lessinia) for the documentary section. 

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The only criterion for selection is that films originate from one of the following countries in the Alpine area: Italy, Germany, Switzerland or Austria, alternating between Italian and German, which are both typical of that border territory. The films in competition include: Three Peaks [+see also:
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 by the Berlin-based director Jan Zabeil, whose family drama set in the Italian Alps has a "giallo" feel to it, Once Upon a Time ... Indianerland [+see also:
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by Ilker Catak, which focuses on the life of a seventeen-year-old called Mauser, Who Will Save the Roses? [+see also:
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 by the director Cesare Furesi, a progressive and delicate story of a same-sex family that will find itself smoothing out frictions and misunderstandings, A Ciambra [+see also:
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 by Jonas Carpignano, winner of the Europa Cinemas Label award at Cannes, and the story of the small Roma community in Gioia Tauro, L'Animale [+see also:
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 by Katharina Mückstein, selected for the Panorama section at the Berlinale, which tells the story of an eighteen-year-old student Mati and her gang of motor-cross riders, A Less Than Perfect Age [+see also:
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 by Ulisse Lendaro, the story of seventeen year old Camilla who dreams of becoming a dancer, Mario [+see also:
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 by the Swiss director Marcel Gisler, a love story between two professional footballers, The Garden [+see also:
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, the debut film by Sonia Maria Kröner, which premiered at Toronto IFF, and tells the story of a family courtyard which becomes the set of some tragicomic situations in the summer of 1976.

The documentaries in competition are Die Fünfte Himmelsrichtung by the young South Tyrolean director Martin Prinoth, MABACHER - #ungebrochen by the Austrian director Stefan Wolner, Das versunkene Dorf by Georg Lembergh and Hansjörg Stecher, Harry Winter by Giovanni Totaro, La botte grossa by Sandro BaldoniThe Poetess [+see also:
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by Stefanie Brockhaus and Andi Wolf, Wildes Herz by Charly Hübner and Sebastian Schulz and Welcome to Switzerland [+see also:
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 by the director Sabine Gisiger.

Finally, Lithuania is the guest country for this year’s edition of Bolzano Film Festival Bozen’s Focus Europa, with a film exhibition organised in collaboration with the Lithuanian Film Centre in Vilnius.

(Translated from Italian)

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