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TRIESTE 2022

The Trieste Film Festival returns in hybrid form

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- Eastern European and Italian cinema will be placed centre stage from 21 to 30 January, with Kornél Mundruczó’s new feature film Evolution opening up the event

The Trieste Film Festival returns in hybrid form
Evolution by Kornél Mundruczó

The 33rd instalment of the Trieste Film Festival will unspool from 21 to 30 January in “hybrid” form, following on from last year’s unavoidably digital edition. Evolution [+see also:
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, the new feature film directed by Kornél Mundruczó, is due to open the event, following the success of Pieces of a Woman [+see also:
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, which not only scooped an award in Venice, but was also nominated for an Oscar. Much acclaimed within the Cannes Premiere section of the most recent Cannes Film Festival, Evolution also boasts Martin Scorsese as executive producer (with its release in Italian cinemas set for 27 January, via Teodora Film), much like its predecessor.

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Founded to pay tribute to stars from the world of film who have dedicated their careers to building bridges between East and West, the Eastern Star Award will this year go to Mundruczó himself, while the Cinema Warrior Award will be entrusted to Luciana Castellina.

Eleven titles are set to battle it out within the Feature Film Competition, unfolding within the festival directed by Fabrizio Grosoli and Nicoletta Romeo (the jury comprises film critics Dubravka Lakić and Emanuela Martini, and programmer and selector Edvinas Pukšta): Croatia’s Murina [+see also:
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interview: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović
interview: Gracija Filipovic
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by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović (which won the Golden Camera award for Best First Work at the most recent Cannes Film Festival) uses the tension between a teenage girl and her obsessive father to underline the country’s wider chauvinistic tendencies; a familiar though entirely female story forms the focus of Women Do Cry [+see also:
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interview: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
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by Bulgarian directors Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova; Stefan Arsenijević is returning to Trieste with As Far as I Can Walk [+see also:
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, which adapts Strahinja Banović’s medieval poem to modern-day Belgrade, as is Romania’s Radu Muntean, who tells a story of a humanitarian mission compromised in Întregalde [+see also:
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; Bebia. À mon seul désir [+see also:
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interview: Juja Dobrachkous
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by Juja Dobrachkous pays tribute to women directors working in Georgian film, who are this year’s stars of the "Wild Roses. Women Directors in Europe” section; Serbian movies Celts [+see also:
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interview: Milica Tomovic
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by Milica Tomović and Darkling [+see also:
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interview: Dušan Milić
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by Dušan Milić explore the trauma of the Kosovo War; the Balkans are likewise the focus of two female-style tales: The Hill Where Lionesses Roar [+see also:
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interview: Luana Bajrami
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directed by Luàna Bajrami (presented at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight) and Looking for Venera [+see also:
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interview: Norika Sefa
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by Norika Sefa (rewarded in Rotterdam); bullying is the central theme of Sisterhood [+see also:
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by Dina Duma, from North Macedonia, while Slovenia also features by way of Matevž Luzar’s Orchestra [+see also:
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Another great name in Hungarian cinema, Ildikó Enyedi, is closing the festival’s in-person screenings by way of The Story of My Wife [+see also:
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, which was presented in competition in Cannes 2021 and stars Léa Seydoux, Gijs Naber, Louis Garrel, Sergio Rubini and Jasmine Trinca in its cast.

An additional six titles are set to screen out of competition: Slovakia’s 107 Mothers [+see also:
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interview: Peter Kerekes
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by Peter Kerekes; Not So Friendly Neighbourhood Affair [+see also:
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by Oscar-winner Danis Tanović; Fabian - Going to the Dogs [+see also:
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interview: Albrecht Schuch
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by Germany’s Dominik Graf; Small Body [+see also:
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interview: Laura Samani
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, which is the debut film by Italy’s Laura Samani; Vera Dreams of the Sea [+see also:
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interview: Kaltrina Krasniqi
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by Kosovo’s Kaltrina Krasniqi; and Polish film Leave No Traces [+see also:
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interview: Jan P Matuszyński
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by Jan P. Matuszyński.

Twelve titles will be pitted against one another in the Documentary Competition: 1970 [+see also:
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interview: Tomasz Wolski
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by Tomasz Wolski; Reconstruction of Occupation [+see also:
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by Jan Šikl; Ill Stand by You by Virginija Vareikytė and Maximilien Dejoie; The Case by Nina Guseva; The Balcony Movie [+see also:
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interview: Paweł Łoziński
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by Paweł Łoziński, which was honoured in Locarno; Never Coming Back by Mikołaj Lizut; Krai [+see also:
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by Aleksey Lapin; Looking for Horses [+see also:
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by Stefan Pavlović; Museum of the Revolution [+see also:
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interview: Srđan Keča
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by Srđan Keča; Reconciliation [+see also:
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by Marija Zidar; René - The Prisoner of Freedom [+see also:
interview: Helena Třeštíková
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by Helena Třeštíková; and Factory to the Workers [+see also:
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interview: Srdjan Kovačević
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by Srđan Kovačević. Seven documentaries are set to be showcased out of competition: Babi Yar. Context [+see also:
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interview: Sergei Loznitsa
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by Sergej Loznica; Bosnia Express [+see also:
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by Massimo DOrzi; Gorbachev. Heaven [+see also:
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by Vitalij Manskij; the short film Freikörperkultur by Alba Zari; The Jungle by Cristian Natoli; Tullio Kezich – A proposito di me by Gioia Magrini; and L'ultimo calore dacciaio by Francesco De Filippo and Diego Cenetiempo.

The Corso Salani Prize is also on the agenda, presenting five Italian films awaiting distribution: From the Planet of the Humans [+see also:
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by Giovanni Cioni; Des portes et des déserts by Loredana Bianconi; Divided: What Language Do You Express Love in? by Federico Schiavi and Christine Reinhold; Isole by Mario Brenta and Karine de Villers; and Journey into the Twilight [+see also:
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by Augusto Contento, in addition to Insultati. Bielorussia by Caterina Shulha, which is screening out of competition.

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(Translated from Italian)

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