Documentaries take centre stage at Filmmaker Festival
by Camillo De Marco
- Due to run until 24 November in Milan with 82 titles, a meeting with Luca Guadagnino and a new edition of the Milan Industry Days event
The 2018 edition of Filmmaker Festival will run from 16 to 24 November in Milan. At the heart of the event, as always, will be documentary film and research. Seven sections include a total of 82 titles, 16 of which will be in world premiere and 11 in Italian premiere. The opening film will be Monrovia, Indiana by Frederick Wiseman, while the closing film, traditionally entrusted to an Italian director, will be Chaco [+see also:
film profile] by Daniele Incalcaterra and Fausta Quattrini.
The International Competition includes nine films this year. Three directors will be returning to the festival with their latest films: Ruth Beckermann with The Waldheim Waltz [+see also:
interview: Ruth Beckermann
film profile] (Austrian Academy Award nominee), Claire Simon with Young Solitude [+see also:
interview: Claire Simon
film profile], shot in a high school in the suburbs of Paris, and Alexandra Gerbaulet, who co-directed Die Schläferin with Mirko Winkel. Another name that will no doubt be familiar to international festival attendees is Nicolas Philibert, who focuses on nurse training at the Croix Saint Simon in Montreuil facility in Each and Every Moment [+see also:
film profile]. While Der Funktionär by Andreas Goldstein and The Image You Missed [+see also:
film profile] by Donal Foreman are united in their investigation of the absent private lives of two "public" fathers (one a politician, and the other a photographer and director). Fausto by Andrea Bussmann is set on a beach in Mexico, while Italy is represented by Luca Ferri, a regular festival attendee, with his film Pierino [+see also:
film profile],about a retired man with a "cinema illness", and De Sancto Ambrosio by the young Antonio Di Biase.
The most international of Italian contemporary directors, Luca Guadagnino, will present his "White Paper"dedicated to Roberto Rossellini and Peter Del Monte, in collaboration with the CSC - National Film Library.
After a pilot edition in 2015 and two subsequent successful editions welcoming over 300 accredited professionals from all over Italy, the Milan Film Network will be back, in collaboration with the festival, for two days of professional pitches and networking regarding the Italian film industry. Milan Industry Days (21 to 22 November 2018) will be presenting its independent Italian cinema support activities to an audience of film and audiovisual professionals, including film projects currently in development, In Progress workshop finalists and the working copies of feature films selected for L'Atelier, as well as its financial fund for Italian films in post-production.
(Translated from Italian)
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