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A sneak peek behind the scenes of Paolo Virzì's Magical Nights at the Solinas Award


- The competition dedicated to screenplay writing returns to La Maddalena from 27 to 30 September with a Festival delle Storie workshop

A sneak peek behind the scenes of Paolo Virzì's Magical Nights at the Solinas Award
Director Paolo Virzì

The Solinas Award Ceremony returns to the Sardinian island of La Maddalena, where it was created by the Sardinian screenplay writer of international fame, Franco Solinas. The film writing competition awards ceremony, named after him, will take place in conjunction with the Festival delle Storie, scheduled to run from 27 to 30 September: "With this edition," explains Annamaria Granatello, Director of Solinas Award Ceremony, "La Maddalena will be transformed into an open-air workshop, involving 150 creatives, such as screenwriters, directors and producers immersed in a sharing atmosphere, along with the 130 international architects behind the Eterotopia research project. There will also be an opportunity to reconnect with the universities of Cagliari and Sassari and to present the results of the Cantiere delle Storie, creating a sharing environment for Sardinian cinema in order to generate international momentum." 

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The event kicks off on 27 September with Advanced Training Workshops among the jurors and finalists for the Franco Solinas Award in Forte Arbuticci, while screenings and masterclasses dedicated to students are due to take place on 28 and 29 September. The final Solinas Documentary Film Award jury meeting (in collaboration with Apollo 11) and jury project pitches will be open to the public.

"Isolation, connection and reconnection" is the theme of the round table, due to take place on 29 September. While the results of the Cantiere delle Storie, Solinas Award and project by the universities of Cagliari, Sassari and Tor Vergata will be presented in the afternoon at the Magazzini Ex-Ilva. The session will close with a screening of the short film L'unica lezione by Peter Marcias, screened at the Giornate degli Autori at Venice Film Festival and starting with a lecture by the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami at the University of Cagliari in 2001. 

All events will be open to the public and free of charge, including the awards ceremony for the three competitions: the Franco Solinas Prize, the Cinema Documentary Award (in collaboration with Apollo 11) and the Solinas Experimenta Series Award, which will take place at 9pm in Umberto I Piazza. A concert by Avion Travel and a screening of what went on behind the scenes of Paolo Virzì'Magical Nights [+see also:
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 is scheduled to take place in the presence of the director and the film’s three young stars: Irene Vetere, Mauro Lamantia and Giovanni ToscanoMagical Nights will also be opening the 13th edition of Rome Film Festival, due to take place in the capital from 18 to 28 October.

(Translated from Italian)

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