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BIF&ST 2021

Bif&st announces a reduced but top-quality programme

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- Unspooling 25 September - 2 October, the 12th edition of the Bari Film Festival boasts 12 international titles in competition and a total of eight Italian works in world premieres

Bif&st announces a reduced but top-quality programme
A Bookshop in Paris by Sergio Castellitto

Eight international premieres selected from among the most recent global productions; an International Panorama consisting of twelve films hailing from all over the world which are set to enjoy their Italian or international premieres; six Italian movies presented for the very first time in the ItaliaFilmFest line-up; nine masterclasses and a tribute to 01 Distribution looking back at 40 of the biggest titles distributed by the firm over the past 20 years… It may seem a somewhat reduced offering (in terms of the number of screenings and movie theatres involved, owing to a drastic reduction in funding) but the programme offered up by the 12th Bif&st-Bari International Film Festival is no less rich and varied than usual, directed, as ever, by Felice Laudadio and scheduled to unspool from 25 September to 2 October in the Apulian capital’s four historic theatres: Petruzzelli, Piccinni, Kursaal and Margherita.

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Titles taking part in the International Panorama will compete for prizes in the categories of Best Direction, Best Actress and Best Actor (by way of a jury headed up by director Roberto Faenza), and these include Danish film Wild Men [+see also:
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interview: Thomas Daneskov
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by Thomas Daneskov, The Enemy [+see also:
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interview: Stephan Streker
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by Stephan Streker (Belgium/France/Luxembourg), New Zealand work Juniper by Matthew Saville, starring Charlotte Rampling, France’s Playlist [+see also:
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interview: Nine Antico
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by Nine Antico, and Brit flick The Last Bus by Gillies MacKinnon, starring Timothy Spall.

The non-competitive International Premieres section has two world premieres on the agenda in the festival’s opening and closing slots respectively: A Bookshop in Paris [+see also:
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, directed by Sergio Castellitto based on an idea by Ettore Scola and starring Bérénice Bejo, and Marilyn ha gli occhi neri [+see also:
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by Simone Godano, starring Stefano Accorsi and Miriam Leone. The line-up also includes three films yet to be seen in Italy: OSS 117: From Africa With Love [+see also:
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by Nicolas Bedos, Annette [+see also:
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by Leos Carax and Robust [+see also:
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interview: Constance Meyer
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by Constance Meyer.

As for the ItaliaFilmFest competition which boasts 6 Italian films screening in world premieres and set to be judged by a jury of 24 viewers, presided over by the journalist Antonella Matranga, we find Sulla giostra [+see also:
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by Giorgia Cecere, Tra le onde by Marco Amenta and The Italian Banker by Alessandro Rossetto. Standing out among the various masterclasses hosted by the festival, meanwhile, are those due to be delivered by Carlos Saura and Vittorio Storaro (the latter set to receive a Bif&st Lifetime Achievement award), as well as those offered up by Leos Carax and Gianfranco Rosi.

After the open-air edition of August 2020 and this year’s event, which is unfolding, on this occasion, between the Venice and Rome film festivals, Bif&st hopes to get back to its usual spring dates in 2022 (26 March – 2 April).

The full programme for Bif&st 2021 can be found here.

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(Translated from Italian)

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