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The Isola del Cinema Festival moves online and homes in on younger generations

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- The special edition of the event which has unfolded on Rome’s Tiber Island for 25 years will unspool between 18 and 28 March in digital form, to the cry of “Let’s Take Back Our Future”

The Isola del Cinema Festival moves online and homes in on younger generations
A Rifle and a Bag by Cristina Haneș, Arya Rothe and Isabella Rinaldi

It’s with an exhortation to look beyond the historic times that we’re currently living in and the significant challenges that come with them, that the Isola del Cinema Festival - a long-standing film event which has unfolded every summer on the banks of the Tiber River – is launching its special online edition, intitled “Let’s Take Back Our Future”. On the agenda are eleven days of online screenings, showcasing Italian and foreign films, running from 18 to 28 March and accompanied by presentations, interviews and video messages from directors and actors, which will all be broadcast on MyMovies, free of charge.

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It’s a forward-looking approach which can also be detected in the attention the festival will be paying to the natural world around us, which is to be protected and defended, working in tandem with younger generations. A film dedicated to this very topic is set to open the festival, in a national premiere, within the “Fuoco sul reale” (lit. “Focus on Reality”) section: Sustainable Nation by Israeli director Micah Smith, a title examining three projects by as many Israelis who are looking to find sustainable water solutions for an increasingly thirsty planet, and which stresses how the resolution of this enormous challenge could help people rid themselves of poverty and disease.

Other documentaries featuring in the line-up are: A Rifle and a Bag [+see also:
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by Cristina Haneș, Arya Rothe and Isabella Rinaldi (India/Romania/Italy/Qatar), which revolves around the difficult daily life of a pair of ex-guerrillas who fought for the rights of tribal Indian communities in the 1960s, but later gave up, and The Childhood Experience by Valentina Olivato, which, in these times of Covid-induced remote learning, tells the story of four children who are being home-schooled, and investigates how the choice to stay home from school influences their present world and defines their future. There’s also Venetian Molecules [+see also:
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interview: Andrea Segre
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by Andrea Segre (the pre-opening film at Venice 77), Shooting the Mafia [+see also:
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by Kim Longiotto, Isola [+see also:
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interview: Elisa Fuksas
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by Elisa Fuksas (presented at Venice’s Giornate degli Autori in 2020), All Together [+see also:
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by Marco Simon Puccioni and Nessun nome nei titoli di coda [+see also:
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by Simone Amendola.

Seven titles will compete for the Groupama Insurance Prize for First and Second Works, which is dedicated to new talent in the Italian film world: Sole [+see also:
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interview: Carlo Sironi
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by Carlo Sironi, Bangla [+see also:
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by Phaim Bhuiyan, Thou Shalt Not Hate [+see also:
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interview: Mauro Mancini
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by Mauro Mancini, Paradise [+see also:
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interview: Davide Del Degan
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by Davide Del Degan, Flesh Out [+see also:
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by Michela Occhipinti, Nevia [+see also:
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interview: Nunzia De Stefano
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by Nunzia De Stefano, and Sow the Wind [+see also:
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interview: Danilo Caputo
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by Danilo Caputo.

Rounding off the programme, we find an abundant selection of short films, the Isola Mondo line-up offering titles hailing from Japan and Brazil, masterclasses and, last but not least, tributes paid to Masters of Film, including one such homage to the director, screenwriter, editor and philosopher Silvano Agosti.  

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(Translated from Italian)

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