Lucca, Italy, March 21, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Fourteen feature films, all in Italian premiere, have been selected to participate in the 2017 International Feature Film Contest of the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema Festival taking place from the 2nd to the 9th of April in the Tuscan cities of Lucca and Viareggio. The films will compete for the “Best Film” Award (with a value of three thousand euro to the Director), for the “Best European Film” prize awarded by a jury of university students and an “Honorable Mention”, which will be decreed by the jury.
The film selection highlights a vast range of genres and the breadth of content in addition to a heterogeneous geographical and social context. All films come from major international film festivals, from Berlin 2017 and Locarno to San Sebastian to Toronto. Many filmmakers are already well known worldwide like controversial Bruce LaBruce, symbol of the New Queer Cinema, and Romanian Calin Peter Netzer, winner of the Golden Bear at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival who also competed in the last edition.
The films that have been selected to compete in the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema International Feature Film Contest are: Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau by Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie (Canada, 2016); Tamara Y la Catarina by Lucía Carreras (Spain, France, Uruguay, 2016); El Invierno by Emiliano Torres (Argentina, 2016); Afterlov by Stergios Paschos (Greece, 2016, 94'); Ikari by Sang-il Lee (Japan, 2016, 142); Dao Khanong by Anocha Suwichakornpong (Thailand, Netherlands, France, Qatar, 2017); Rifle by Davi Pretto (Brazil/Spain, 2017, 88’); Rekvijem za gospodju j by Bojan Vuletic (Serbia/Bulgaria/Macedonia, 2017, 93’); The levelling by Hope Dickson Leach (U.K., 2016); Butterfly kisses by Rafael Kapelinski (U.K, 2017); The Misandrists by Bruce LaBruce (Germany/Canada, 2017); Dayveon by Amman Abbasi (USA, 2017); Ein Weg by Chris Miera (Germany, 2017); and Ana, Mon Amour by Cãlin Peter Netzer (Romania, 2017).
The official selection of films in competition was curated by Federico Salvetti, Stefano Giorgi and Nicolas Condemi, members of the Artistic Committee of the Lucca Film Festival, while Romanian director and producer Cristi Puiu, who will be present in Lucca also with his first Italian retrospective, will preside over the Professional Jury. Enrollment is still open to participate in the new University Jury (deadline 20 March) whereas film lovers can apply to be members Popular Jury, possible thanks to the collaboration with the Circolo del Cinema di Lucca and Cineforum Ezechiele 25.17, until March 30, in both cases by sending an email to: