Albeit in a new formula dictated by the Covid-19 emergency (the 50+ titles in the programme will be available online on the MYmovies platform), the festival remains loyal to its founding “mission”, that is, bringing the best of Central and Eastern European cinema to Italian audiences, while also keeping alive through cinema the memory of the most important historical moments of this part of the old continent, such as in recent editions dedicated to the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.
Indeed, this edition should have been centred on remembering the conflicts in the Balkans thirty years on: “A spotlight on the thirtieth anniversary of the Balkan wars (1991-2021) is a project which has been years in the making”, explain the artistic directors.
The festival will launch with a showing of Underground, Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1995 – Emir Kusturica’s anarchic and surreal fable, with which he “reinvented” the breakup of Yugoslavia with his irrepressible style. The festival will be closed by another great film – Theo Angelopoulos’ Ulysses’ Gaze, winner of Cannes’ Grand Prix in the same year.
Two films which could not be more different, “one could call them – to borrow Italian critic Morando Morandini’s verdict at the time – the Odyssey and the Iliad of the late 20th Century”.
The screening of Underground is linked to one of the two traditional prizes awarded by the Trieste Film Festival, the Eastern Star Award.Established to celebrate cinema personalities whose careers have built bridges between East and West (previous recipients include Irène Jacob, Monica Bellucci, Milcho Manchevski, Rade Šerbedžija and Kasia Smutniak), this year’s award goes to great actor Miki Manojlović.
The three international competitions dedicated to feature films, shorts and documentaries remain at the core of the Festival.
This year two new sections will integrate the three main competitions: Off the Beaten… Screens and Wild Roses: Women Filmmakers in Europe.
Albania – Armenia – Austria – Azerbaijan – Belarus – Belgium – Bosnia Herzegovina – Bulgaria Chile – Croatia – Czech Republic – Denmark – Estonia – Finland – France – Georgia – Germany – Greece – Hungary – Ireland – Italy – Kosovo – Latvia – Lithuania – Macedonia – Mexico – Netherlands – Poland – Portugal – Romania – Russia – Serbia – Slovenia – Spain
Sweden – Switzerland – Turkey – Ukraine – United Kingdom – United States