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LECCE 2019

Stefania Sandrelli and Aleksandr Sokurov to headline the 20th Lecce European Film Festival

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- Running 8-13 April, the festival line-up includes 12 films in competition, the premiere of The Champion starring Stefano Accorsi, and a section dedicated to European comedies

Stefania Sandrelli and Aleksandr Sokurov to headline the 20th Lecce European Film Festival
Actress Stefania Sandrelli and director Aleksandr Sokurov

Stefania Sandrelli and Aleksandr Sokurov will take the lead in the 20th edition of the Lecce European Film Festival, which is set to take place between 8 and 13 April 2019. The iconic actress of Italian cinema and the great Russian director - the winner of the Golden Lion at the 68th Venice Film Festival - will each receive the Golden Olive Tree Award for Career Achievement, with two retrospectives, a photography exhibition and a masterclass all organised in their honour. Also enlivening this year’s edition of the festival will be Nino Frassica, Paola Minaccioni and Alessandro Siani, to whom the New Italian Comedy section is dedicated, while two important prizes will be awarded, firstly to the journalist, politician and writer, Luciana Castellina, for her contributions to culture and to European cinema, and secondly, to the film producer Fulvio Lucisano for his contribution to Italian film.

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Twelve European titles will battle it out for the Cristina Soldano Award for Best Film, which will be awarded by a jury led by Marco MüllerBlind Spot [+see also:
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by Tuva Novotny, Cronofobia [+see also:
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interview: Francesco Rizzi
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by Francesco Rizzi, Genesis [+see also:
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interview: Árpád Bogdán, Andrea Taschler
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 by Árpád BogdánHer Job [+see also:
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interview: Nikos Labôt
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 by Nikos LabôtJourney To A Mother’s Room [+see also:
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interview: Celia Rico Clavellino
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by Celia Rico ClavellinoJumpman [+see also:
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interview: Ivan I Tverdovsky
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by Ivan I Tverdovskiy, Oray [+see also:
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by Mehmet Akif BüyükatalayPaper Flags [+see also:
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 by Nathan AmbrosioniStitches [+see also:
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interview: Miroslav Terzić
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 by Miroslav TerzićSummer Survivors [+see also:
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interview: Marija Kavtaradzė
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 by Marija KavtaradzeThe Pig [+see also:
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interview: Dragomir Sholev
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 by Dragomir Sholev and Two for Joy [+see also:
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 by Tom Beard. The same films are also in the running, alongside others, for the Cineuropa Prize. 

Among the Italian premieres on the agenda are The Champion [+see also:
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interview: Leonardo D’Agostini
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 by Leonardo D’Agostini, starring Stefano AccorsiTwin Flower [+see also:
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 by Laura Luchetti and Smuggling Hendrix [+see also:
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interview: Marios Piperides
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by Marios Piperides, which was honoured at the Tribeca Film Festival. The European Comedy section will be composed of five titles not yet seen in Italy: Butterflies [+see also:
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by Tolga Karaçelik, Happier Times, Grump by Tiina LymiHopelessly Devout [+see also:
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by Marta Díaz de Lope DíazI Feel Good [+see also:
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 by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern and What Have We Done to Deserve This? [+see also:
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 by Eva Spreitzhofer. Featured documentaries, meanwhile, include Selfie [+see also:
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by Agostino Ferrente, selected at the last Berlinale, and Be Kind by Sabrina Paravicini and Nino Monteleone

The three finalists of the 10th edition of the Mario Verdone Award (read our news) - the winner of which will be announced during the festival - are: Ciro D’Emilio for If Life Gives You Lemons [+see also:
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Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo for Boys Cry [+see also:
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interview: Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo
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 and Margherita Ferri for Zen in the Ice Rift [+see also:
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. The best short film, chosen from among ten finalists, will be awarded the seventh Emidio Greco Award.

Finally, as always, the EFF will showcase films selected for the European Parliament’s LUX Prize: visitors to Lecce will be able to see the winning picture of the 2018 competition, Woman at War [+see also:
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interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
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 by Benedikt Erligsson, as well as the other two finalist works, Styx [+see also:
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interview: Wolfgang Fischer
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 by Wolfgang Fischer and The Other Side of Everything [+see also:
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interview: Mila Turajlić
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 by Mila Turajlic.

(Translated from Italian)

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