The Torino Film Festival Artistic Director Stefano Francia di Celle on Rebooting Italy's Preeminent Indie Cinema Showcase
The 39th edition of the Torino Film Festival, which is the world's leading event for young directors and indie cinema, kicks off Friday with the international premiere of Sing 2. It'll be the first in-person edition that will be assembled by Stefano Francia di Celle, who debuted last year in a telecast due to the pandemic.
The festival, which rose to international prominence under the current Venice topper Alberto Barbera, was always geared toward giving opportunities to promising newcomers. These included Luca Guadagnino, Michelangelo Frammartini (Il Buco) and Pietro Marcello (Martin Eden), who got a crucial early boost from their launches there. Although the vision is rooted in its militant tradition, Di Celle is more open to mainstream movies and bold experimental works.
Edited excerpts from the conversation.
Having a festival in November 2021 means reconnecting with the tradition of standing up for movies, searching for new auteurs around the world, and giving space to Italians making their first films.
And here is the fact that a film is very important to different audiences; its very sophisticated narratively; and hed like to go back into movie theaters and, most importantly, if the artist wants to make and do that very boldly, as we suggested, so that the auteurs can, for his Sing debut, will get on board.
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They connect Turins tradition with new frontiers of filmmaking. They alternate between visual arts and film, a rich vision of the potentialities of modern technology and culture. The work is focused on memory and resistance, and the ability to confront with hot-button and tragic themes of contemporary reality.