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The Bolzano Film Festival Bozen moves online

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- The festival is gearing up for a digital 34th edition which will be opened by Bettina Oberli’s Swiss title My Wonderful Wanda

The Bolzano Film Festival Bozen moves online
My Wonderful Wanda by Bettina Oberli

Under the slogan #imKINOdaCASA, the 34th Bolzano Film Festival Bozen (13 - 18 April) is preparing itself to unspool online on account of the pandemic. The opening slot is entrusted to Bettina Oberli’s Swiss title My Wonderful Wanda [+see also:
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, a dramedy presented in a world premiere at Tribeca 2020 and revolving around a Polish woman who upsets the balance of a well-to-do family.

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Six films will battle it out for the Autonomous Province of Bolzano Award, presided over by a jury composed of long-term Berlinale consultant Claudia Landsberger, German screenwriter and director Sonja Heiss and Italian independent filmmaker Corrado Ravazzini.

Making its way over from Switzerland is Beyto [+see also:
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by Zurich director Gitta Gsell, which won the Audience Award at the Solothurn Film Festival and tells the tale of a student who’s a rising star at a swimming club in Berna and who ends up falling for his trainer. The Bolzano-born director working in Vienna Evi Romen, meanwhile, will present her first feature film Why Not You [+see also:
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, which has already claimed victories in a variety of festivals. Hailing from Germany, director Leonie Krippendorff (gracing Variety’s list of “10 European talents to watch in 2020”) will bring Cocoon [+see also:
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to Bolzano, a film which opened the Generation section of last year’s Berlinale, while Bolzano director Maura Delpero (who triumphed in 2008 by way of her medium-length work Nadea e Sveta) is set to return to the festival with the Italian-Argentine co-production set in Buenos Aires Maternal [+see also:
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. For his part, Italian director Maurizio Zaccaro will tell the story of Nour [+see also:
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, a ten-year-old girl who has journeyed across the Mediterranean towards Europe all on her own, and Bolzano director Nancy Camaldo will offer up the German-produced work Windstill.

A jury composed of three experts in the genre field - namely film professor Sven Ilgner, Italian director Michela Occhipinti, and the Viennese director and actress Andrea Schramek - will decide upon the best documentary in competition. Within this category, Luca Lucchesi’s A Black Jesus [+see also:
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takes us to a small village in southern Italy where a statue of a black Jesus has been worshipped for centuries; Cecilia Mangini and Paolo Pisanelli sign their names to the medium-length work Due scatole dimenticate, which follows the discovery of photographic negatives taking them back to 1964-65, when North Vietnam was at war with the US; the Austrian-produced movie Glory to the Queen [+see also:
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 by Tatia Skhirtladze, set in Tbilisi, Georgia, sees four world draughts champions meeting up again after 25 years; Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter tell the tale of Laika, the stray dog who became the first living creature to be sent into space, by way of the Austrian-German co-production Space Dogs [+see also:
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; Swiss director Ivo Zen explores a village where young people in the 80s and 90s sought refuge in drug addiction in Under Blue Skies [+see also:
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; and Portuguese director Nuno Escudeiro, a graduate of Bolzano’s ZeLig School, is scheduled to present The Valley [+see also:
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, a documentary set on the border between Italy and France amidst migrants fleeing from war.

Two additional, noteworthy line-ups are likewise confirmed for 2021: Made in Südtirol/Alto Adige, which comprises a selection of 6 international films, partly shot in Italy with the support of the IDM fund, and the workshop intitled Final Touch #6: Intense Feedback from Experts, which will take place online, featuring its 4 selected projects.

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(Translated from Italian)

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