The 6th Bif&st edition will take place March 21st to 28th, 2015 and it will showcase a real full immersion in the great cinema of Fritz Lang. Ettore Scola is President of the Festival, ideated and directed by Felice Laudadio.
A vast Retrospective, curated by Laudadio and by History of film scholar Carlo di Carlo, will be dedicated to the author of Metropolis, M, the trilogy of Dr. Mabuse, Fury and Hangmen Also Die, who had to run away from Germany since the early beginnings of the Nazi Regime in 1933 and died almost 40 years ago (August 2nd, 1976). The Retrospective, which benefits from the cooperation of the National Film Library and of the Bologna Film Library, includes almost the entirety of both the German and American films realized by the Austro-Ungaric director; together with eight movies inspired to/by Metropolis and realized by authors such as Jean-Luc Godard, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Luc Besson. The Retrospective will feature up to 50 titles, including the renowned edition of Metropolis – newly edited, color dyed and with a score composed by Italian composer Giorgio Moroder (three times Academy Award Winner) together with iconographic and documentary materials coming both from the Apulia Regional Mediatheque and from RAI Teche.
March 7th to 20th, the Festival will be preceded by a long running “prologue”: Waiting for Bif&st. The movies pertaining to this section will be screened simultaneously at the Cineporti of Bari, Lecce and Foggia. They will be the 41 Italian movies that, since 1948, were awarded with the FIPRESCI Prix: the prestigious Award attributed to the best films running in major International film festivals by the critics of the FIPRESCI, the World Federation of the Cinema Press – which will celebrate in Bari its 90th Anniversary. On this occasion, about fifty of the most authoritative film critics coming from all over the world, will attend the Bif&st.
As always, the Festival will also be a window over the best of the current cinema. The Teatro Petruzzelli will host evening screenings of the non-competing International Premières: eight movies of great spectacular appeal and most recent production; together with 12 titles of the Panorama International competing section: movies produced all over the world during last year and absolutely unreleased in Italy before – to be screened at the Teatro Petruzzelli during the afternoon. A Jury, composed by 30 thoroughly selected spectators and chaired by producer and distributor Valerio De Paolis (founder of the BIM Company), will assign the Bif&st 2015 Award to the best movie among the ones selected with director Enrico Magrelli.
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