As usual, Thursday marks the turning point of the Festival, and as usual, we ask ourselves the same question: “Is it Thursday already?!”

We prefer not to think about it and focus on today’s program: join us at Ricci Oddi Gallery at 4:30 p.m. for a workshop for parents, teachers, and educators, organized within Concorto Kids; then, at 6 p.m., the first part of the Brazil focus will be screened at the Amici dell’Arte Hall.

We then wait for you at 9 p.m. at Parco Raggio for the screening of the films in competition, followed by the Animal House and Ubik focuses, screened at 11:30 p.m. in the greenhouse. In the meantime, at 11:30 p.m., the Grove will be energized by the Brucherò nei Pascoli’s concert.

Souvenirs d’une journée parfaite – Davina Maria
As seen by Francesca Marchesini

“Souvenirs d’une Journée Parfaite” is a photo album where the stillness of the photos creates motion. A voice brings the spectator along with the protagonists of this story: whoever is listening feels guilty for invading the conversation between the two main characters. The private space of friendship becomes an accessible yet protected place, since it is never invaded by the cameras.

Das Rothor – Paul Drey
As seen by Vanessa Mangiavacca

in Africa, whose ears turn easily red after being exposed to the sun. In this highly personal and political documentary, film director Paul Drey takes his own personal experience and emphasises it: he covers a ten-year period of his life, starting with a mission trip to Senegal in 2012. In Germany there are hundreds of NGO and organisations involved in helping African countries, and when Paul leaves, he is certain that his decision can actually make a difference, but these premises slowly start falling apart. The director uses his mind to travel back in time to that period, just like a time traveller, analysing the contradictions that have been existing for years in African countries, and asking himself whether a white gaze is actually capable of questioning or getting completely rid of its colonial attitude. By mixing together amateur archive images, documentation and animation, all these thoughts find room in a coherent and organised way, as if the making of this documentary were a way for the director to fully comprehend what he experienced.

Midnight Skin – Manolis Mavris
As seen by Anna Vullo

For a couple of nights now, Fanny has been unable to sleep. Every time, she sinks into the exact same nightmare. She dreams of turning into a tree. A eucalyptus tree, to be precise. Perhaps it’s because it’s known to have bark that resembles human skin, or because it also has healing qualities, just like Fanny, who is a nurse.

The existential thriller by Greek director Manolis Mavris tells the story of a transformation, which in the first part of the short film takes on a more aggressive and brutal tone, before reaching a liberating and all-encompassing manifestation. When Fanny, who has always felt lonely and estranged from others, finally lets herself go.

 

Le saboteur – Anssi Kasitonni
As seen by Virginia Marcolini

In this experiment in meta-cinema, we immerse ourselves in the story of an ex-saboteur who returns to accomplish one last extreme mission. It is with affectionate irony towards the world of independent films and the rudimentary special effects used that the director Annsi Kasitonni enacts an action film that we access directly from behind the scenes. Every trick is revealed, but will our protagonist be able to complete what he promised?

 

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