Press release April 19, 2018
Bif&st 2018 will be dedicated to Vittorio Taviani, who was several times guest of the festival in Bari, where the “Federico Fellini Platinum Award” was conferred to him and his brother Paolo in 2011.
As in the last nine years there will be a strong presence of Italian cinema at Bif&st, which starts next Saturday in Petruzzelli Theatre, with the evening International Premières and the International Panorama (“presenting this year – says festival director Felice Laudadio – films that are more amazing than ever”); in Multicinema Galleria with the Italian films; in the Barion Club with meetings with filmmakers and actors; in the Palazzo ex Poste with the workshops; in the Colonnato ex Provincia with the photo exhibit on Nuovo cinema Paradiso, the Giuseppe Tornatore film which had its world première in Bari 30 years ago, in 1998, before the triumph in Cannes in 1989 and the Academy Award in 1990.
Among the film professionals expected in Bari: Antonio Albanese, Gianni Amelio, Zeudi Araya, Antonella Attili, Marco Bellocchio, Bernardo Bertolucci, Laura Bispuri, Barbora Bobulova, Anna Bonaiuto, Gianfranco Cabiddu, Massimo Cantini Parrini, Lino Capolicchio, Renato Carpentieri, Jonas Carpignano, Donato Carrisi, Lionello Cerri, Fabio Cianchetti, Luigi Cinque, Tilde Corsi, Massimo Cristaldi, Marco D’Amore, Eleonora Danco, Anselma Dell’Olio, Roberto De Paolis, Piera Degli Esposti, Francesca Dellera, Marco Dentici, Leonardo Di Costanzo, Maurizio Donadoni, Nicoletta Ercole, Pierfrancesco Favino, Andréa Ferréol, Anna Ferzetti, Emmanuel Finkiel, Donatella Finocchiaro, Fabrizio Gifuni, Stefan Iancu, Salvatore Maira, Milena Mancini, Vinicio Marchioni, Mario Martone, Lucia Mascino, Walid Mattar, Anna Melato, Laura Morante, Maurizio Nichetti, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Diego Olivares, Clare Peploe, Roberto Perpignani, Paola Pitagora, Domenico Procacci, Micaela Ramazzotti, Paola Randi, Stefania Rocca, Alba Rohrwacher, Matteo Rovere, Daniel Sandu, Paolo Sassanelli, Riccardo Scamarcio, Andrea Segre, Sara Serraiocco, Vittorio Storaro, Samuel Tilman, Giuseppe Tornatore, Serge Toubiana, Luciano Tovoli, Franco Trevisi, Maria Paola Trovajoli, Tian Tsering, Luca Verdone, Daniele Vicari. Moreover: Pippo Baudo, Tinni Andreatta (RAI Fiction director), Rita Marcotulli, Peppe Servillo and the novelists and scriptwriters Gianrico Carofiglio and Giancarlo De Cataldo, presidents of the two festival juries. Also, other personalities such as the CNR and INGV scientists, invited to discuss the documentaries of great German director Werner Herzog, introduced by Bif&st president Margarethe von Trotta: Enrico Alleva, Massimo Caccia, Carlo Doglioni, Domenico Laforenza, Massimiliano Pasqui, Enrico Rava, Guido Ventura together with Vito Pertosa.
Accreditated press includes about fifty foreign journalists attending the assembly of FIPRESCI, the International federation of film critics, and over one hundred Italian journalists, some of which are delegates for the assembly of the Italian association of film critics, SNCCI.