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Tuesday december 5 – A journey between Turkey and Mediterranean Interlacements

Tuesday december 5 – A journey between Turkey and Mediterranean Interlacements

The day of December 5th begins with the screening of CortoAmbiente dedicated to the students of the high schools of Sant’Antioco, in collaboration with the Avezzano Cinema and Environment festival, at the end of which there was a meeting with Franco Sardi of the Italian Touring Club and Valentina Traini of Cinema and Environment Avezzano. We continue with the usual appointment with Passeggiando con gli Autori, of which you can see the episode in the following link.

In the afternoon we finally enter this year’s focus: Turkey. Guest in the room is the producer Rifat Erkek who thanks the festival staff and presents the Turkish shorts selected for this edition. Go to the dedicated article by clicking here!

The evening continues with the screenings of the competitive section Intrecci Mediterranei, the first guest director in the room is Angela Norelli, director of the film We Should All Be Futurists, an experimental and fascinating work of editing with archive images dedicated to the figure of women, of which Angela tells us guided by the interventions of Marta Bulgherini.

«I initially studied editing at the experimental center, but I later realized the need within me to write and tell stories. There was some research, some work on the archive, I wanted to talk about women but I didn’t want to make the classic denunciation documentary, I researched what the situation was in the Western world before the advent of fascism and immediately after the first war world. The woman’s role as mother and wife was celebrated, but then women began to work. Women are starting to become more and more emancipated. The first vibrator was invented in the 19th century and was passed off as something that made you feel good, but its actual functioning was never explained. Then there was the research afterwards, I found the material on YouTube and looked for the film libraries I could contact to get it and use it for my film. I wanted to throw myself into the avant-garde, a wonderful artistic movement, with the idea of ​​the multiplication of screens I tried to suggest the double meaning. On a sound level we worked with futuristic sounds, trying to maintain the theme of vibration. Now I’m working on a completely fictional feature film, the archive is no longer central, I’m still writing it.»

Jad Chahine, director of Al Toraa’ (The Call Of The Brook), then intervenes, connected remotely directly from his country, and presents his film focused on the female and evil figure of the mermaid.

«In my country’s version the mermaid exists but it is not clear why she kills men, the explanation in my opinion is a family issue, as if the mermaid was the figure of the mother. I tried to give the explanation of this vision, in this situation it is the woman who becomes bad, which usually happens with the man. However, it is not a story of good or bad, she loves her son. We recreated everything on set, it’s a studio far from Cairo, we shot everything in one day because I didn’t have the budget to shoot in more time. I was selected for Cannes with this film, in the section dedicated to short films of the film academies, I thought that Cannes was a very serious place, but in the end I had a perception of people who were passionate about cinema and I felt at home and at ease, just like here at your festival!» “I can feel the good vibes from there!” says Chahine, and is grateful for the opportunity to participate.

The last guest in the room is the director Mathieu Volpe who brings his film Eldorado to the festival, a story of migrants in the mountainous border between France and Italy.

Mathieu Volpe

«This short film comes at the end of the documentary study process, I had worked as a script doctor in between Piedmont and France and I became familiar with the topic of migrants, even if in the end we filmed in Valle d’Aosta! I wanted to explore the migration theme. It’s not just about numbers, but behind these stories there are people and a lot of love. with this film I discovered the ambivalence between documentary and fiction, but in the end I still prefer documentary, it is linked to reality, to people who meet, this was just an experiment. With all the bureaucratic issues and budget management, I was ethically wondering what I was doing in the midst of it all! However, the meaning of my work was given by having worked with two non-professional actors, the two protagonists are mother and son. When we did the casting I understood that she could tell the story and give a say to those who cannot tell their own. So I found the meaning of being in the midst of it all.”

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