Generational conflicts, diversity, bullying,
sentiments, doubts, adolescence, personal growth. These are some of the main themes
of the 99 films, both shorts and features, competing at the 48th Giffoni Film Festival,
taking place from July 20 to 28. Eight competitive sections compose the
festival: Elements +3 (from age 3 to 5), Elements +6 (from 6 to 9), Elements +10
(from 10 to 12), Generator +13 (from 13 to 16), Generator +16 (from 16 to 17),
Generator +18 (from 18 onwards), Gex Doc (dedicated to documentaries) and
Parental Experience (composed by shorts targeted at an audience of parents).
Jurors coming from 52 countries will award the winners of the Gryphon Award.
The program includes 11 Italian films. In the
Element +3 section, Adriano Candiago’s Pat
and Mario Moraro’s Takisha’s Song. In
Element +6, Gabriele Pignotta’s Otzi and
the Mistery of Time starring Alessandra Mastronardi and Vinicio Marchioni.
Kip is a boy like many others, clever and sensitive. Childhood will be over
soon for him and just before leaving Bolzano and his closest friends for good,
the boy lives an extraordinary experience. When he goes to the museum to say goodbye
to Otzi the mummy, something magical happens and the mummy comes back to life.
While Otzi discovers the twenty-first century, Kip learns the secrets of the Copper
Age. The film will be released in Italy
by Rai Cinema. Short films competing in the same section include Roberto D’Ippolito’s
and Gaia Bonsignore’s Stella 1,
Caterina De Mata’s Goodnight, and Teresa
Paoli0s From Up There.
In the Element +10 section, Alessandro Grande’s short
film Bismillah. In the Gex Doc
section, Alessandro Marinelli’s Basileus –
The School of Kings, to be released by Rai Cinema. Set in the middle school
Federico Fellini in the San Basilio neighborhood in Rome, the film shows the
training of a group of teenagers and explains what it means to be teachers in
complicated social contexts. A journey into the class life showing a world full
of teenage energy, hopes, dreams, but also difficulties, fears and uncertainties
for the future. Among the 12 shorts competing in the Parental Experience
section, Federico Papagna’s Chasing,
Ermanno Dantini’s Enfants perdus, and
Ludovico De Martino’s Uproar.