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Europe’s young directors in Genoa

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March 31 marks the kick-off, at the America multiplex in Genoa, the 2nd Festival of New European Cinema, which will screen 28 films over 13 days by young directors from seven European countries (Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Hungary and Poland).

The event is organised by the European Cultural Centre of the Carige Foundation, together with the cultural institutes of the European countries involved, to promote awareness of new film trends and young directors from our continent.

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This second edition will not be a simple showcase: a jury composed of five nationally known film critics from Genoa, together with non-professional jurors, will pick from a list of seven films, one for each European country, and the winner will be awarded during the Genoa Film Festival in June.

Among the films to be screened, of note is Spanish crime drama Muertos comunes by Norberto Ramos and French title Backstage [+see also:
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by Emmanuelle Bercot, starring Emmanuelle Seigner, about an adolescent’s passion for a diva. German films include Netto by Robert Thalheim, the best debut feature of 2005, the highly original Weltverbesserungsmassnahmen by Joern Hintzer and Jakob Huefner, Gespenster by Christian Petzold and the comedy One Day in Europe.

The Swiss selection will be Tout un hiver sans feu by Greg Zglinski (in competition at the 61st Venice Film Festival and winner of the CinemAvvenire Award); for Hungary, VIII Distretto (Nyöcker - The District) by Áron Gauder, an animated film set in a multi-ethnic ghetto in Budapest; for Poland, the dramatic Io sono (Jestem) by Dorota Kedzierzawska, winner of the Grand Prix at the 2005 Polish Film Festival; for Austria, a look at the cultural scene of Salzburg in Silentium [+see also:
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by Wolfgang Murnberger (Berlinale 2005).

The last evening of the festival will be dedicated to Italian cinema, with Onde by Francesco Fei, a love story set in Genoa, featuring Anita Caprioli and Ignazio Oliva.

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(Translated from Italian)

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