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Bangla
Bangla

BANGLA
BANGLA
– Italy, 2019 – Post-production
Comedy, Romance, Young Adult, 90’, Digital, Colour
Original Version Italian, Bengali
Direction Phaim Bhuiyan
Screenplay Phaim Bhuiyan, Vanessa Picciarelli
Production Fandango S.p.a.
World sales Fandango S.p.a.
Cast Phaim Bhuiyan, Carlotta Antonelli, Sahila Mohiuddin, Nasima Akhter, Rishad Noorani, Fabian Durrani, Raja Sethi,
Tangir Ahammed Miah, Sanija Shoshi Haque, Simone Liberati, Pietro Sermonti

SYNOPSIS
Phaim is a young muslim of Bangladeshi origins. At 22, he lives with his family in Torpignattara, a multietnical neighborhood of Rome. He works as a stewart in a museum and is the leader of a rock group. During a concert in which he’s supposed to play, Phaim meets Asia, a girl that is his exact opposite: pure instinct, no rules. Between the two it is a sudden attraction and Phaim will need to understand how to reconcile his love for this girl with the most unbreakable rule of Islam: no sex before the wedding night.

 

Bartali’s-Bicycle

BARTALI’S BICYCLE
BARTALI’S BICYCLE
– Italy, 2018 – Pre-production
Animation, 75’, Digital, Colour
Original Version English
Direction Enrico Paolantonio
Screenplay Marco Beretta, Israel Cesare Moscati
Production Lynx Multimedia Factory

SYNOPSIS
Young David is an enthusiast biker living in Israel. He meets Ibrahim from an Arab bike club and they team up together against the will of both communities. They are backed by grandpa Alberto, who during the world war helped the great champion Gino Bartali save hundreds of Jews from Nazi persecution. The spirit of Bartali guides the two boys towards a great victory and a greater hope for a better future of peace and acceptance.

Il Campione

IL CAMPIONE
THE CHAMPION
– Italy, 2018 – Post-production
Dramedy , 90’, Digital, Colour
Original Version Italian
Direction Leonardo D’Agostini
Screenplay Giulia Steigerwalt in collaboration with Antonella Lattanzi and Leonardo D’Agostini
Production Groenlandia with Rai Cinema
World sales TRUE COLOURS Glorious Films
Cast Stefano Accorsi, Andrea Carpenzano, Massimo Popolizio

SYNOPSIS
Christian is an extremely talented as well as unpredictable and rebel football player. After his latest
“screw-up”, the president of his team decides to assign him a personal tutor, to help him in controlling his temper. Valerio is a shy and solitary professor, the exact opposite of the “Champion”. Sparks will fly between the two at first, but soon their relationship will change both for the better.

Dieci giorni senza la mamma

DIECI GIORNI SENZA LA MAMMA
DIECI GIORNI SENZA LA MAMMA
– Italy, 2018 – Production
Comedy, 90’, Digital, Colour
Original Version Italian
Direction Alessandro Genovesi
Screenplay Alessandro Genovesi, Giovanni Bognetti
Production Colorado Film Production
World sales Colorado Film Production CFP
Cast Fabio De Luigi, Valentina Lodovini, Diana Del Bufalo, Antonio Catania, Niccolò Senni

SYNOPSIS
Carlo and Giulia are married with three children. Carlo, completely absorbed by work is an absent father while Giulia, who has decided to leave work to devote all her time to the family, is tired and stressed out by home life and decides to treat herself to a ten-day holiday. Carlo will therefore be forced to take on the role of a full-time “househusband”. Arguments, disasters and near tragedies give Carlo and his children a chance to finally get to know each other better.

Flesh Out

FLESH OUT
FLESH OUT
– Italy, France, 2018 – Post-production
Drama, 90’, Digital, Colour
Original Version Arabic, Hassaniya
Direction Michela Occhipinti
Screenplay Simona Coppini, Michela Occhipinti
Production Vivo film with Rai Cinema and Mact Productions
World sales Films Boutique
Cast Beitta Ahmed Deiche, Amal Saad Bouh Oumar, Aminetou Souleimane, Sidi Mohamed Chinghaly

SYNOPSIS
In one part of world women are obsessed with losing weight, slaves of an aesthetic model that wants them young and thin. In Mauritania instead, in order to be desired, they have to be fat, or rather obese. Verida is a young, modern woman, who works at a beauty salon and likes hanging out with friends. She is about to get married to a man chosen by her family, and has to gain 20 kilos to better fill her wedding gown. On her path she will encounter nausea, pain and Sidi, a boy who courts her. She is about to challenge everything she thought was normal in order to find her freedom and identity.

Freaks Out

FREAKS OUT
FREAKS OUT
– Italy, Belgium, 2018 – Post-production
Action, 120’, Digital, Colour
Original Version Italian
Direction Gabriele Mainetti
Screenplay Nicola Guaglianone, Grabiele Mainetti
Production Lucky Red, Goon Films, Rai Cinema, Gap Busters
World sales Rai Com, TRUE COLOURS Glorious Films
Cast Aurora Giovinazzo, Claudio Santamaria, Giorgio Tirabassi, Giancarlo Martini, Pietro Castellitto, Franz Rogowski.

SYNOPSIS
Matilde, Cencio, Fulvio and Mario are like siblings when the tragedy of the Second World War hits Rome. In 1943 they work in a circus in the Eternal City. Israel, the circus owner and their putative father, disappears while trying to find an escape abroad. Without somebody looking after them and without a circus, the four protagonists have no place in society. They feel only like freaks, lost in a war-torn city.

Il grande spirito

IL GRANDE SPIRITO
THE GREAT SPIRIT
– Italy, 2018 – Post-production
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Supernatural, Thriller, 107’, Digital, Colour
Original Version Italian
Direction Sergio Rubini
Screenplay Carla Cavalluzzi, Angelo Pasquini, Sergio Rubini
Production Fandango, Rai Cinema with the support of Fondazione Apulia Film Commission
World sales Fandango S.p.A.
Cast Sergio Rubini, Rocco Papaleo, Bianca Guaccero, Ivana Lotito

SYNOPSIS
During a robbery, Tonino, takes advantage of his accomplices’ distraction, grabs the whole loot, and runs until a precipice forces him to take refuge in a wash house. There, someone wearing a bird’s feather surprisingly helps him hide. The man says he’s called Black Deer and belongs to the Sioux tribe. As Tonino’s attempts to organize an escape fail, he comes to the conclusion that he is all alone. He only has one alternative: join forces with this man that acts like an Indian and who just might provide him with the key out of the dead end he ended up in.

Hope

HOPE
HOPE
– Italy, 2018 – Pre-production
Animation, 86’, Digital, Colour
Original Version Italian
Direction Francesco Filippini
Screenplay Francesco Filippini, Marcella Aquilar and Luciano Stella.
Production Mad Entertainment

SYNOPSIS
Giosué is a curious and shy kid. One day he gets dumped by his father at his grandmother’s house whom he had never met before. Here, he finds Niccolò, a tough cousin. Through his stories, all in his imagination, he conquers Novella. When his grandmother disappears, Giosuè and Niccolò are forced to work together. The characters of his tales come to life, and one of them is Hope, a lady who guides him into a journey of fantasy and inner path, bringing him to face the weirdness of his family. The guys will soon find out that their grandma is Hope, who has a past to tell them about, and Giosué will end up helping her free herself from the burden of the past.

Il ladro di cardellini

IL LADRO DI CARDELLINI
THE FINCH THIEF
– Italy, 2018 – Post-production
Comedy, 100’, Digital, Colour
Original Version Italian
Direction Carlo Luglio
Screenplay Carlo Luglio, Massimiliano Virgilio, Diego Olivares
Production Bronx Film, Figli Del Bronx Produzioni, Minerva Film, Minerva Pictures Group and P.F.A. Film and Rai Cinema
Cast Nando Paone, Ernesto Mahieux, Gigi De Luca, Viviana Cangiano, Lino Musella, Tonino Taiuti, Giovanni Ludeno, Yulia
Mayarciuck, Antonella Attili, Pino Mauro, Vincenzo Nemolato, Alan De Luca

SYNOPSIS
In the Campania countryside, Pasquale Cardinale, an elder ranger, spends his days between alcohol and video poker. To settle the debts he organizes a scam of 200 white pure goldfinches, replacing them with common ones, but it will not end as expected.

Il mio corpo vi seppellirà

IL MIO CORPO VI SEPPELLIRÁ
MY BODY WILL BURY YOU
– Italy, France, 2019 – Post-production
Western, 105’, Digital, Colour
Original Version Italian
Direction Giovanni La Parola
Screenplay Giovanni La Parola, Alessia Lepore
Production Cinemaundici, Ascent Film with Rai Cinema, Cinemorgana
World sales UDI – Urban Distribution International
Cast Miriam Dalmazio, Antonia Truppo, Margareth Madè, Rita Abela, Giovanni Calcagno, Guido Caprino

SYNOPSIS
1860, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies – while Garibaldi’s troops are invading this lawless territory, four female bandits called the “Drude” are looking for their own personal revenge.

 

Il primo giorno della mia vita

Special Presentation
IL PRIMO GIORNO DELLA MIA VITA
By Paolo Genovese

SYNOPSIS
A man, two women and a boy, convinced they have hit their rock bottom, meet a mysterious character who donates them 7 days to discover how the world would be without them. And, even possible, to fall in love again with life.

 

Volare

VOLARE
VOLARE
– Italy, 2019 – Production
Drama, 120’, Digital, Colour
Original Version Italian
Direction Gabriele Salvatores
Screenplay Umberto Contarello, Sara Mosetti, based on the novel by Fulvio Ervas “Don’t be afraid if I hug you”
Production Indiana Production with Rai Cinema, a co-production with Edi Effetti Digitali Italiani
World sales Rai Com
Cast Claudio Santamaria, Valeria Golino, Diego Abatantuono, Giulio Pranno

SYNOPSIS
When Vincent sees his mother Elisa kick out the stranger who just showed up at their door singing, he has no doubts: that’s his father. Vincent has already decided to leave when he sees his stepfather Mario console his mother and blame her for letting the stranger in. He sneaks into the stranger’s car without knowing the whereabouts of his new destination…

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
“On the road, like in my first films. I go back to traveling lightly, but with more experience. And, as baggage,  I carry with me the emotions, the poetry, the tenderness and the fun of the relationship between a young father and a teenage son who recognize themselves along the way. Behind them, trying to reach them, the mother and the new partner will face an equally unpredictable trip. In this adventure along roads overlooking the sea, everyone will have to deal with themselves and with their role as parents”
[G. Salvatores]