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BIOGRAFILM 2019

Le Festival Biografilm revient présenter des récits de vie

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- Du 7 au 17 juin, Bologne accueille la 15e édition de l'événement ; parmi les documentaires les plus attendus : Diego Maradona d'Asif Kapadia, projeté à Cannes

Le Festival Biografilm revient présenter des récits de vie
Diego Maradona d'Asif Kapadia

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Running from 7-17 June in Bologna, the 15th edition of the Biografilm Festival – International Celebration of Lives will soon be underway, an event which has always placed a special focus on life stories and where the biographical genre is set to play an even more central role this year. Asif Kapadia’s hotly anticipated Diego Maradona [+lire aussi :
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, for example, will have its Italian premiere here and will be introduced by the director himself, who will also be manning a masterclass for the pupils of Bio School. Antoine Fuqua’s What’s My Name - Muhammad Ali, the HBO documentary devoted to one of the greatest champions of the sport, similarly features among the line-up. The American couple known as Christo and Jeanne-Claude, meanwhile, two big names in the Land Art movement, are the focus of Andrey M Paounov’s Walking on Water [+lire aussi :
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, while Werner Herzog is due to present his latest film and exclusive interview with the ex-President of the Soviet Union, Meeting Gorbachev [+lire aussi :
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The thread which links together a number of the films selected to participate in the Festival is the study and discovery of love in the digital age. Spanning documentary and fiction, Biografilm’s official selection will look to get a handle on the new dynamics of millennial dating and the shift of balance in relationships in the age of Web 2.0. Some such titles include Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life [+lire aussi :
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 by Tomer Heymann, Mating [+lire aussi :
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 by Lina Maria Mannheimer and Searching Eva [+lire aussi :
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 by Pia Hellenthal. Flying the flag for Italian documentaries is Edoardo Gabbriellini, with the world premiere of his latest work Kemp, an exclusive portrait of the film’s namesake Lindsey Kemp; Beniamino Barrese with the Italian premiere of The Disappearance of My Mother [+lire aussi :
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, which follows in the footsteps of the model and fashion lecturer Benedetta Barzini; and, last but not least, Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi’s Diktatorship: Macho Made in Italy, a documentary revealing the chauvinist and phallocentric mentalities which continue to prevail in the country.

French fiction films will also be placed centre stage by way of a Focus organised in association with UniFrance. Some of the most eagerly anticipated films include Our Happy Holiday [+lire aussi :
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 by Patrick CassirSweetheart [+lire aussi :
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by Lisa Azuelos; Festival opener Who You Think I Am [+lire aussi :
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by Safy Nebbou; fresh from its very recent screening in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, All About Yves [+lire aussi :
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 by Benoît Forgeard; and Father and Sons [+lire aussi :
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, the directorial debut of Félix Moati who also leads the cast of Some Like It Veiled [+lire aussi :
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. Fiction films will likewise be the mainstay of titles hailing from further flung parts of the world, such as Divine Love [+lire aussi :
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by Gabriel MascaroMonos [+lire aussi :
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 by Alejandro Landes and a second Herzog title, Family Romance, LLC, which was presented in a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

Meanwhile, to mark its thirtieth anniversary, Biografilm is set to pay special tribute to the production house established in 1989, Fandango, with the screening of 8 films which made Italian film history. Among these, we find Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood [+lire aussi :
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 by Daniele Vicari and I Can Quit Whenever I Want [+lire aussi :
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by Sydney Sibilia, who are each scheduled to deliver a masterclass for Bio School students. Other noteworthy tributes include that of the production house Participant Media.

Having previously paid homage to Ambulante, Telluride and DOK Leipzig, Biografilm is now planning on celebrating another of the big international festivals: the Sundance Film Festival, a hotbed of high-quality independent cinema since its very first edition. Among the various Sundance titles set to be presented in the Biografilm selection this year are Love, Antosha by Garret PriceCold Case Hammarskjöld [+lire aussi :
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by Mads Brügger; and One Child Nation by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang. A further tribute will be paid to the Italian director Costanza Quatriglio, one of the most interesting voices in the world of Italian documentaries today. Seven of her films are set to be screened, including her most recent work, Just Like My Son [+lire aussi :
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(Traduit de l'italien)

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