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Yes, that is right: #Concorto2021 has almost come to its end but as surprising as it may seem, there is still a lot to come.

At 5 pm in XLN the talk From Terror Molins to Deep Night about horror-fantastic cinema and short films is waiting for you, while at 6 pm will take place the screening of the second and last part of the After Babel focus dedicated to the many expressions of human language.

Be ready to chill out at 8:15 pm in Parco Raggio and enjoy at 9 pm the screening of the films in competition. At 10.30 pm Effetto Brama, in collaboration with Home Movies, will play live the soundtrack of The Shape of Things to Come.

Two events wait for you in the Greenhouse as well: at 11:30 pm the second part of the Guilty Pleasures Focus and at 00.15 am the shorts of Terror Molins.

See you later!

Simone est partie – Mathilde Chavanne
As seen by Carlotta Magistris

In the setting of dark and cold bedrooms, a group of actors performs, taking on the parts of the director’s grandparents, retracing various moments of the last period of their life together. There, some moments which marked that slow end and its themes intertwine with each other: the loss of memory, the loss of body’s strength, the regret of the past, and the fear of death.

Imuhira – Biraba Myriam
As seen by Vanessa Magiavacca

Il Rwanda ha la più alta percentuale di donne in parlamento ed è sesto in classifica tra i paesi che hanno ridotto il divario di genere secondo il World Economic Forum. Questo sorprendente progresso sociale non cancella il pensiero sessista radicato che si nasconde nei meandri intimi del nido familiare: Imuhira significa casa ed è proprio quella che sta cercando la protagonista del film, una casa sì fisica ma allo stesso tempo una culla in cui trovare conforto dopo essere fuggita a causa delle violenze subite dal marito. Un paesaggio puro e incontaminato fa da sfondo alla delicata vicenda raccontata dalla regista Myriam Birara, silenzioso ma potente atto di denuncia verso meccanismi così radicati da coinvolgere le stesse dolorose logiche materne.

No leaders please – Joan Gratz
As seen by Sofia Brugali

Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself/ change your tone and shape so often that they can/ never/ categorize you.

Poetry, cinema, sculpture and painting intersect, complement, change in the last work of Joan Gratz, already winner of an Oscar with her Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase (1992). No Leaders Please (2020) inherits the legacy of its predecessor, but it also presents a unique addition: the poetic narration. The words of Charles Bukowski’s famous poem (from which the short film derives its title), combine with plastic images that continuously “change tone and shape”. Artworks by original artists such as Basquiat, Henning, Banksy and Ai Weiwei flow on the screen and the choice is not without a reason: the poem is a hymn to independence, a call for non-conformity. The filmmaker embraces the poet’s invocation, reinventing the poem through the cinematographic medium.

Sestre (Soeurs) – Katarina Rešek
As seen by Vanessa Mangiavacca

Rule number ten: sisters. A single word – the very title of the film – would be enough to express the energy that gives strength to the Slovenian short film by Katarina Resek Kukla. The oath taken by three friends in their early teens, three “virđinas” (sworn virgins), becomes a form of resistance and rejection against the patriarchal and conservative behaviour of young Slovenian boys. In their baggy clothes, in hiding their breasts, in their tense jaws, and in masculine behaviour, these young women seek a way to break free from those mechanisms and to protect themselves from the never-ending verbal and physical violence that they fall victim to. There is a set of rules to follow, and that is the only way to stand out among those girls who lack the courage to fight and rebel. Ten commandments that become a declaration of war on men: a story of heroines, friends, and young women able to lead an endless fight that finds its only hope in female solidarity.

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