50 Days of International Cinema in Florence

2015 edition highlights

Gabriella Ienzi
October 16, 2015 - 17:00

The arrival of fall in Florence means the return of film festival season. Florence’s annual 50 Days of International Cinema series is back beginning October 29. The lineup for the 2015 edition has been released: here are some of the highlights. Consult 50 Giorni di Cinema's website for program updates and showtimes as they're published.

 

October 29-November 1: FRANCE ODEON

This year’s edition will feature a mix of French box office hits and indie films, spotlighting in particular the father-and-son duo Philippe and Louis Garrel, who both had works screened at Cannes earlier this year. A special retrospective will be dedicated to the former.

 

November 2-4: IMMAGINI E SUONI DEL MONDO

The festival will present the best ethno-musical documentaries produced in recent years, including Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, Brasslands, Midsummer Night’s Tango, Pan! Our Music Odyssey, and They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile.

 

November 5-10: FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI CINEMA E DONNE

Each year this portion of 50 Days addresses women’s roles in cinema. The 2015 edition will pay special tribute to Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona.

 

November 11-17: FLORENCE QUEER FESTIVAL

Includes captivating features, documentaries, and Videoqueer, a competition for short films. Some of this year’s selections will include Prince Maurice: a tribute, Seed money: the Chuck Holmes Story, Mamis, Das Floss!, and La donna pipistrello.

 

November 18-22: LO SCHERMO DELLARTE FILM FESTIVAL

This year marks the 8th edition of this festival, with confirmed works including Jan Fabre: Beyond The Artist. Fabre's work is currently on display at Florence's Galleria il Ponte, in a show dealing with metamorphosis and featuring several works covered in beetles.

 

November 23-26: IL CINEMA RITROVATO

For the first time this year, 10 titles will be specially selected as a preview, thanks to this year’s collaboration with 50 Days and the Cineteca di Bologna.

 

November 27-December 4: FESTIVAL DEI POPOLI

In its 56th edition, this program includes an International Competition with documentaries previously unreleased in Italy. A section called Filmmaker in Focus puts the spotlight on Belgium-based Peruvian artist Mary Jimenez and her frequently autobiographical work.

December 5-10: RIVER TO RIVER: FLORENCE INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Italy’s only festival totally devoted to Indian films. Feature films will include both independent and Bollywood films. The festival also introduces a new Indian Video Art section, and a new collaboration with the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna: the award winning 2015 films will be screened in the calendar of the Cineteca di Bologna.

 

December 11-13: UNA FINESTRA SUL NORD

The Finnish Film Festival brings a bit of Finland to Florence. Features will include comedies such as Dark Waters and The Grump.

 

December 13: PREMIO N.I.C.E. CITTÀ DI FIRENZE

Directed by Viviana del Bianco and Grazia Santini and now in its 25th edition, New Italian Cinema Events showcases the best in new Italian cinema around the world. NICE will run in the United States from November 11 to the 23rd. For the closing ceremony of 50 Days, scheduled for December 13, the Odeon will screen the 2015 winner of the NICE City of Florence Award, chosen by the American audiences. One of the films in the running, Mario Martone's Il Giovane Favoloso, is also up for possible Oscar candidacy in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

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