Many Stars on the red carpet of Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema 2018

Stephen Frears, Rupert Everett, Martin Freeman and Anton Corbijn at Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema 2018

Lucca – Stephen Frears, Martin Freeman, Rupert Everett, Anton Corbijn, Sabina Guzzanti and Laura Morante will be among the protagonists of the Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema 2018, the film event that from 8 to 15 April will be held in the cities of Lucca and Viareggio. A star red carpet that will be enriched by tributes with screenings, prizes and meetings with the public dedicated to each of the stars present. Also back for the third consecutive year the International Competition of feature films, with 14 films in competition from around the world in Italian premiere, which will be flanked by previews out of competition and the usual appointment with the International Competition of short films. The festival will take place in various places in the city including, in Lucca, the Astra and Centrale cinemas, the Teatro del Giglio, Palazzo Ducale and Fondazione Ragghianti.
“The international festival of Lucca – explained Giambattista Chiarelli of Banca Pictet – is an example of how culture, the private and the public can intercept a program of international stars for the general public, to the cinema, making known and bitter a territory to the great icons of cinema, with the idea, perhaps, that one day they can also shoot a film in Lucca.
“This year’s event – said Paolo Tacchi of Banca Generali Private Banking – makes Lucca a stellar program that completes a path in which we have believed since the beginning. It is an example of how a cultural product can be packaged in Italy of international quality”.
“Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema – explains Marcello Bertocchini, President of Fondazione Cassa Di Risparmio di Lucca – has become, year after year, a reference point for the world of Italian and international cinema, for the public and also, thanks to the presence of two competitive sections, two showcases for both young directors and established ones The festival wants to be a center of film culture to give the public, year after year, programs and selections of increasing quality and interest.


Happy Prince – Rupert Everett


Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman, 9 April – A versatile star, in twenty years of success on the big and small screens Martin Freeman has played unforgettable characters such as Bilbo Baggins in the three film adaptations of J.R.R.’s fantasy novel. Tolkien Lo Hobbit, Dr. Watson in the applauded television series Sherlock and Lester Nygaard in Fargo, award-winning production inspired by the eponymous film by the Coen brothers, not to mention the witty salesman Tim Canterbury series that led him to fame: The Office. At the moment at the cinema with the superhero film Black Panther, the English actor on April 9 will be guest at the festival to receive the prize for his career and present an Italian preview of his latest work: Ghost stories by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, adaptation of the homonymous play in which Freeman plays the character Mike Priddle. The film will be released in Italian cinemas from April 19, distributed by Adler Entertainment. After the screening Freeman will meet the audience.

Anton Corbijn, April 10 – Known worldwide for immortalizing the giants of rock history, from Joy Division to Tom Waits, from U2 to Rolling Stones, and for producing more than 60 video clips including masterpieces like Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana and Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode, Dutch photographer and director Anton Corbijn will be in Lucca to tell more than forty years of militancy behind the lens in a masterclass dedicated to the relationship between cinema and music, which will also include Mimmo D’Alessandro, Enrico Stefanelli and Alessandro Romanini. The morning masterclass (April 10) will be preceded by the screening of Control, a biographical film dedicated to Joy Division leader Ian Curtis, awarded at Cannes 2007 and signed by himself.

Rupert Everett, April 12 – Everett will present his new film “The Happy Prince. The Last Portrait of Oscar Wilde” distributed by Vision Distribution and produced by Palomar in Italian cinemas from April 12 on the same day that Lucca will meet the public at the Astra cinema. The Happy Prince, recently presented at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale Special Gala Event, brings Oscar Wilde’s last days to the big screen and sees Everett in the dual role of director and protagonist alongside actors such as Colin Firth and Emily Watson. Everett’s intense and extraordinary cinematic life ranges from literature to comics, from cinema to theatre and television. This latest film, strongly desired by the English actor and director, enriches a long career that has led him to give body and voice to famous figures of British literature such as Oberon in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Lord Arthur Goring in “An Ideal Husband”, Algy in “The Importance of Naming Ernesto” and to collaborate with internationally renowned Italian directors such as Francesco Rosi in “Chronicle of a Death Announced”, Giuliano Montaldo in “The Golden Glasses” and Michele Soavi in “Dellamorte Dellamore”.

Stephen Frears

Stephen Frears, April 13-14 – After David Lynch (2014), David Cronenberg (2015), George Romero (2016) and Oliver Stone (2017) Stephen Frears will be the protagonist of one of the main sections of the Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema 2018. The British director twice nominated for the Oscars (in 1991 for Risky Habits and in 2007 for The Queen) will be a guest of the Tuscan town from 8 to 15 April to receive the career prize and hold a masterclass during which he will answer questions from the public and meet the students, in a real cinema lesson. The program also includes a retrospective that will retrace the salient moments of his career as a filmmaker: from the debut film Dangerous Kidnapping (1972) to the recent Victory and Abdul (2017), passing through unforgettable classics including Dangerous Relations (1988) and High Fidelity (2000), not to mention lesser-known works such as Vendetta (1984), Risky Habits (1990) and Florence (2016).

Sabina Guzzanti and Laura Morante
In Lucca, moreover, will be present actresses Sabina Guzzanti and Laura Morante between meetings and screenings, focus organized by the journalist and historical member of the festival Silvia Bizio, dedicated to women’s cinema, a strong and bold look, new and current, which interprets the generational conflicts, international, religious and political, telling through images the relationship between mothers and daughters, between women and work, abuse and gender violence, using the cinema to reread the most urgent current affairs. The meetings with the two actresses will focus on women and their ability to reflect and do, in a creative and professional way and at the same time to be organized between family, work and daily life. The theme of cinema and women will be further explored during the festival during a public meeting moderated by Silvia Bizio in which will intervene producers, directors, actresses and operators in the field entitled “Women who break down barriers.

Out of Competition Previews
In addition to the already mentioned Ghost Stories and The Happy Prince films, the section contains spectacular titles that have moved on to international festivals and to Italian cinema in the near future. The programme includes Isle of Dogs by Wes Anderson (distributed by 20th Century Fox soon to be in Italy); Lucky by John Carrol Lynch (by Wanted to be released in September); Storie di altromare (by Lorenzo Garzella) and Papa Francesco by Claudio Rossi Massimi.

International Feature Film Competition – This year, the feature film competition will present 14 titles in Italian premiere. The president of the jury and the members of the jury, who will award the “Best Film” prize, will be identified shortly. The winning director will receive the sum of €3,000. The university jury, which for the first time will award the “Best Film – University Jury” prize, will also be organised in 2018. A popular jury will also be present, which will assign the “Special Mention” to one of the films, as always.

International Short Film Competition – The short film competition will continue to be one of Europe’s most important showcases for research and experimental cinema. The winning director will receive €500. Starting this year, the shorts will also be submitted to the jury, which will decide the winner of the award “Best Short Film – University Jury”. The competition will present 22 selected works during the four days of programming, which will be held between Lucca and Viareggio on 10/11/12/13 April. The 2018 selection is characterised by its geographical and gender heterogeneity, which makes it the most stringent of current events. The quality jury will be made up of the director Luca Ferri, the visual artist and illustrator Laurina Paperina and Astra Zoldnere, director and curator of the 2Annas Riga International Film Festival.

Night Cinema Effect 2018 – A special section of the festival created to pay tribute to the most iconic films in the history of cinema, turning the entire city into an open-air movie set. For the duration of the event in and out of the shops of the historic center of Lucca will come to life events with screenings, performances, scenery and costumes, with five thematic areas and 41 local involved. Every evening of the festival the city will be animated by concerts, and events, until the grand finale Saturday, April 14 during which all the sets and itinerant performances will be active simultaneously from afternoon to night. The Saturday evening will also be enriched by a main event, co-produced by the festival and by the clubs of the area concerned and dedicated to the guests present. A technical jury will award the Effetto Cinema Notte prize as best costumes to the staff of the most themed venue with the film assigned.

The Educational section – Among the events the Educational section, dedicated and addressed to schools of all levels, with a rich program that includes important screenings and frontal lessons. Some of the projections in the section are Matteo Borgardt’s The Forgotten Story of Camp Monticello; Pertini The Fighter; In Search of the Roots of Evil; Let’s Don’t Talk About This War; A Loaned Voice 2015 and Robert Doisneau – The Lens of Wonders.

The exhibitions – Two exhibitions this year organized for the Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema. The first, Luchino Visconti. In search of lost time. The story of a film never made, will take place at Palazzo Ducale in Lucca, from March 17 to April 21, produced by the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome and curated by Alessandro Romanini and Francesco Frigeri. After the homage to Fellini and his Viaggio di Mastorna, proposed in the 2017 edition of the festival at GAMC in Viareggio, this year the students of the scenography course directed by Frigeri and those of the costume course directed by Maurizio Millenotti propose over 40 executive scenic projects (ready to be transformed into a film set) and as many costume sketches, together with a vast body of documentation, which intend to tell Visconti’s dream of translating on the big screen the epochal work of Marcel Proust, À la recherche du temps perdu, a pharaonic project which Visconti had to renounce due to lack of funding.

In the “mezzanine” rooms of the Ragghianti Foundation there will be, instead, CINEMA D’ARTE – INEDITED DIALOGUE. Behind the scenes of Sky’s artistic productions (23rd March – 23rd April 2018), curated by SKY in collaboration with Alessandro Romanini. Over 40 photographs will illustrate the “dream machine” in every aspect: the sets, the actors in the various stages of production, the technicians at work, the directors of Photography, the studies of Cinecittà, the preparation of the sets (from design to realization), the conception and packaging of the costumes and, finally, the processes related to the new 3D illustrated “immersive” technologies. We will see, among others, the shots of the works of Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Raphael of the Vatican Museums, the evocative aerial images of Roman basilicas (taken for the first time from above and from close up thanks to the permits granted by the Vatican), the Uffizi Galleries in Florence.

From April 19 to 22, the event will be enriched by a series of screenings of all the art films produced by Sky with Magnitudo Film. The film festival, promoted by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in collaboration with Lucca Film Festival – Europa Cinema and Fondazione Ragghianti, will open in the monumental complex of San Micheletto with the screening of Caravaggio – the Soul and Blood that made its cinema debut last February, ranking as the most watched art documentary in Italy with over 130 thousand viewers. The projection of this unique, exciting, visceral journey into the life, works and torments of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio will be introduced by Cosetta Lagani, Head and Artistic Director of Sky Art Cinema, director Jesus Garces Lambert and screenwriter Laura Allievi. The screenings will continue, in the following days, in the nearby San Franceschetto, with the previous successes of the Sky Art Cinema, distributed in the cinemas of 60 countries of the world: Vatican Museums – Between heaven and earth, St. Peter and the Papal Basilicas of Rome (April 20), Florence and the Uffizi. Journey in the heart of the Renaissance (April 21) and Raphael – The Prince of the Arts (April 22).

This year’s exhibition section is supplemented by a series of screenings dedicated to the intense and varied relationships between cinema and the visual arts. On the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, a special focus – in common with the review promoted by SKY from 19 to 22 April illustrated above – is dedicated to the use of film to illustrate artistic creation and enhance cultural heritage. From a documentary dedicated to one of the most famous international video artists Bill Viola to the one about the archistar Bjarke Ingels, passing through the history of Land Art, to the rescue of Carditello’s Royal Palace, to the super star of street art Banksy, to a poetic journey from China and Amasterdam to see Van Gogh.

Pictures that sound good
It ‘a section – which sees the collaboration of Lucca Summer Festival – that investigates the relationship between cinema and music, this year the honors of the festival chronicle with the presence of Anton Corbijn, author of countless award-winning video clips, films and photos with a musical theme, to which will be dedicated a comprehensive retrospective. Among the films shown are those dedicated to two protagonists of the female rock scene, Marianne Faithfull (directed or by the French actress and director sardine Bonnaire) and the one dedicated to the muse of Andy Warhol and Velvet Underground, Nico, directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli (already a guest in a previous edition of the Lucca festival). The icing on the cake, a film that combines cinema, music and literature, “Statare Vivo. A method”, which features the controversial French writer Michel Houllebeq and the rock iguana Iggy Pop.

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