Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Giffoni to serve up 100 films on kids' problems


Rome, July 19 - This year's Giffoni Film Festival
will focus on generational conflict, diversity, bullying,
migration, feelings, doubts, adolescence and personal growth.
In this 48th edition of the festival, which focuses on cinema
for the young, will open on Friday.
The selection of the films looks towards the future and aims
to spark the imagination of the 5,601 on the jury from 52
countries around the world.
'More', a Turkish film by Onur Saylak, will be presented on
Friday, is in competition for the +13 section and revolves
around a 14-year-old who helps his father manage clandestine
trafficking in Europe.
The themes of migration, exploitation, immorality and human
A very powerful fantasy film in the same section will be
screened on Saturday, July 21, directed by the Danish director
Anders Walter, 'I Kill Giants'.
The film tells the story of an adolescent who flees the
reality of school and a squalid family life by immersing
himself in the magical world of Titans and Giants. But it will
be his own giants - his fears represented by school bullies -
that are the real adversaries for him to defeat.
The Kenyan film 'Friend' by Wanuri Kahiu is a surprising
film in the +16 section presented on the same day.
The section is marked by special attention to issues related
to women and the film deals with the theme of female
homosexuality in a country where it is against the law.
Giffoni is also known for its daring attitude and it will
include films like 'Brother', set in Syria in the +18 section
and directed by the Dutch Hanro Smitsman.
Scheduled for Saturday, July 21, it focuses on a strange set
of brothers, one of whom is a cynical cabaret comedian and
another an Afghan veteran who are travelling towards their home
country in search of those youngest brother, who disappeared
after leaving a refugee camp in Jordan.
On Sunday, July 22, the spotlight will be on the American
'Some Freaks' (+18) by Ian MacAllister McDonald with Thomas
Mann, Marine Ireland and Lily Mae Harrington in a story in which
an overweight punk, a one-eyed destitute man and a gay one all
struggle to give some sense to their existences.
On the same day, in the +16 section, will be the
extraordinary debut of the American Jordana Spiro entitled
'Night Comes', on a girl who leaves juvenile detention and
undertakes a journey with her sister to get revenge for her
mother's death.
Other films will focus on child pornography, child
prostitution, online bullying and problems for youth in the era
of social media.
The festival runs through July 27.

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