If you happen to be in Italy in the beginning of April, don't miss the Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema 2016 that takes place in Tuscan cities of Lucca and Viareggio. It is an annual event that celebrates and promotes cinematic culture. The Festival is able to engage an ever-growing public through screenings, exhibitions, conferences and performances, which range from mainstream to experimental cinema. The beautiful cities of Lucca and Viareggio contribute to the Festival’s appeal, serving as the backdrop to an event that has become a much awaited and not-to-be-missed happening in Italy and Europe.
George Romero, William Friedkin, Marco Bellocchio and Paolo Sorrentino are the guest stars of the Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema 2016, from Sunday 3 April to Sunday 10 April. The festival will pay tribute to the American cult directors and award-winning Italian filmmakers with screenings of their works, masterclasses and exhibitions. For the first time, the 2016 edition will include the new International Feature Film Contest, with twelve films in competition and premiering in Italy. The new section complements the well-known International Short Film Contest, the premiere of three hors concours films and the celebration of Italian director Gualtiero Jacopetti’s works.
Having paid tribute to David Lynch (2014) and to David Cronenberg (2015), this year the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema 2016 dedicates one of its main sections to Maestro George Romero with the tribute curated by Paolo Zelati and Stefano Giorgi.
The Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema 2016 will also pay tribute to the Italian director Marco Bellocchio in the Tuscan city of Viareggio on 9-10 April with screenings of his best-known films, the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award and day dedicated to analyzing the links between cinema and Opera held at the Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini in Torre del Lago, near Viareggio.
Click here for more information on the program of the festival.