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The first 22 titles of Panorama, the parallel section of the Berlinale, have been announced. Among these, two Italian films. Dafne by Federico Bondi, starring Carolina Raspanti, Antonio Piovanelli and Stefania Casini, is produced by Vivo Film. It's story of Dafne, a self-aware and bright young woman with Down syndrome. When her mother dies, she has to attend to her father too, on top of attempting to process her own grief. The second title is Selfie by Agostino Ferrente, a documentary coproduced by Italy and France, and to be distributed by Istituto Luce Cinecittà. The film deals with police violence and the long shadow the Mafia still casts over today’s Italy. Two adolescent Neapolitans portray themselves and their surroundings with their smartphones. Moreover, US documentary Shooting the Mafia by Kim Longinotto is a portrait of the life and work of Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia, who has been documenting the crimes of the Mafia in Palermo for decades.

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