Tuscany is attractive not only cause it's a lovely blooming spring time. These season is also known as a cinematographic fiesta, as in April two Tuscany cities of Lucca and Viareggio host Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema Festival. This year the festival is going to take place on April 2-9 featuring an international and short-film contests, master-class, live events and exhibitions.
On Sunday 2 April, the Italian premiere of the film The Other Side of Hope produced and directed by Aki Kaurismäki will inaugurate the 2017 edition of the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema at the Cinema Astra in Lucca. Guest Stars Oliver Stone, Olivier Assayas, Valeria Golino, Sergio Castellitto, Julien Temple, Cristi Puiu, Bruno Monsaingeon and Giada Colagrande will take part in the event with masterclasses, Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies and film screenings.
Fourteen international feature films were selected for the contest. The film selection highlights a vast range of genres and the breadth of content in addition to a heterogeneous geographical and social context. All films come from major international film festivals, from Berlin 2017 and Locarno to San Sebastian to Toronto. These are: Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau by Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie (Canada, 2016); Tamara Y la Catarina by Lucía Carreras (Spain, France, Uruguay, 2016); El Invierno by Emiliano Torres (Argentina, 2016); Afterlov by Stergios Paschos (Greece, 2016, 94′); Ikari by Sang-il Lee (Japan, 2016, 142); Dao Khanong by Anocha Suwichakornpong (Thailand, Netherlands, France, Qatar, 2017); Rifle by Davi Pretto (Brazil/Spain, 2017, 88’); Rekvijem za gospodju j by Bojan Vuletic (Serbia/Bulgaria/Macedonia, 2017, 93’); The levelling by Hope Dickson Leach (U.K., 2016); Butterfly kisses by Rafael Kapelinski (U.K, 2017); The Misandrists by Bruce LaBruce (Germany/Canada, 2017); Dayveon by Amman Abbasi (USA, 2017); Ein Weg by Chris Miera (Germany, 2017); and Ana, Mon Amour by Cãlin Peter Netzer (Romania, 2017).
In addition to the International Feature Film Contest, the Hors-Concours films and the well-established International Short Film Competition will also occupy attention of the festival visitors and guests.
As always, music plays a key role in the Lucca Film Festival. Among the not-to-be-missed events of the 2017 edition, the live interpretation of Yasujiro Ozu’s masterpiece Floating Weeds (1934) performed by the Luigi Boccherini Institute of Lucca in collaboration with the Maxxi Museum in Rome. A chamber-music ensemble will perform the soundtrack co-written by Maestro Fulvio Pietramala and Maestro Gian Paolo Mazzoli taking into account traditional Japanese pentatonic scales achieving oriental texture and acoustics using original instruments.
This year the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema will present two exhibitions. The first exhibit – PunkDadaSituation – celebrates the birth of three artistic and cultural Avant-garde movements that shaped the history of the past century. The birth of the Dada movement in 1917, the formation of the Situationist International in 1957 and the origins of Punk in 1977. The second exhibition is entitled The Journey of G. Mastorna. The dream of a film staged on set marks the beginning of the collaboration with the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome and is hosted by the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAMC) in Viareggio. The exhibit pays tribute to Federico Fellini’s never-made film through the executive boards of the scenes created by students.