, the festival dedicated to documentary and experimental filmmaking, is back to Milan. Throughout the years, the festival introduced a number of auteurs who has become living classics, such as Ulrich Seidl, Frederick Wiseman, Rithy Pahn, and Errol Morris. This year's edition will take place from December 1 to 10. Full selection will be unveiled on November 23.
Ten films will be part of the international competition: eight Italian premieres and two world premieres. Among the first anticipations, US director Lech Kowalski
, who is back to Milan after the retrospective on his "rebellious cinema" that the festival organized in 2014. A momentous title, given the current troubles the director is having with French law, that is actually filing a suit against him for having filmed workers during a factory occupation. As his next film is then put on hold, Kowalski will present in Milan his latest I Pay for Your Story
in which the director is back to Utica, his hometown in the state of New York, once a bulwark of the American dream, today an area suffering strong economic regression. Kowalski collected the stories of the people living there by "buying" them at twice the minimum salary laid down by law. From the balcony of an apartment where a "I Pay for Your Story" neon sign shines, the director films his fellow citizens talking about their lives.
Two music films enrich the out-of-competition program: the restored version of Shirley Clarke
's 1985 Ornette: Made in America
on the creative genius of Ornette Coleman; and Romuald Karmakar
's If I Think of Germany at Night
on the Berlin techno scene and its most famous DJs, including Ricardo Villalobos, Sonja Moonear, Ata Macias, Roman Flugel, and Move D/David Moufang.
The Prospettive section, dedicated to young Italian filmmakers, presents 14 films, 12 of which are world premieres. Among these, Teresa Sala
's Non è amore questo
(lit. This is not love) on the life of Barbara, a disabled girl who deals with her desires, expectations, past, and present.
Guest of honour of this year's edition, French cinema master Alain Cavalier
, known for his Thérèse
(winner of Cannes Grand Prix and 3 Césars) and for having deleted the presence of the "film machine" - cutting the production costs and welcoming new digital technologies - by standing alone in front of the camera. His Six Portraits XL
, presented as Italian premieres, focus on six characters, each one with a name and a profession. Originally conceived as 13-minute TV films, they ended up lasting about one hour each, following the montage of images from the past and the present, defined by the director as the "bric-à-brac of life".
This year's retrospective pays homage to Alberto Grifi
, ten years after his death. With his video-cinematic dispositifs, the director was celebrated by Man Ray, John Cage, and Max Ernst among the others. With the support of the Cineteca Nazionale and the Associazione culturale Alberto Grifi, the festival will show his most famous works, including Verifica Incerta
(1972-75), the integral version of Parco Lambro
(1976), and L‘occhio è per così dire l’evoluzione biologica di una lacrima