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The tenth edition of Sicilia Queer ready to open


International New Visions
The tenth edition of Sicilia Queer opens with SAMP by Antonio Rezza and Flavia Mastrella fresh from the Venice Film Festival and ends with the national preview of Days by Tsai Ming-liang, scheduled in Palermo from 15 to 20 September at the Cinema De Silk of the Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa. Two special screenings signed by two Golden Lions - Antonio Rezza and Flavia Mastrella receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for the theater in 2018, while Tsai Ming-liang wins it in 1994 for Vive amaour - which indicate a precise direction that Sicily Queer has it in its DNA, and it carries on with conviction. Two antidotes against the homologation of images and thought of innovative, radical and important artists of the present.
In its 6 days of programming, the Festival will present, in its two international competitions, 9 feature films for the International Competition of New Visions, signed by significant new authors of the cinematographic present who move between documentary and fiction, and 14 short films competing for the International Competition of Queer Short films, which interpret queer cinema as a cinema of desire in its many facets. The 23 films of the two competitions, which will be evaluated by the international jury composed of the Italian Ernesto Tomasini (actor, musician, artist and performer), the Swiss Jasmin Basic (film historian, selector and producer), the Spanish Nuria Cubas (artistic director Filmadrid), by the French Michael Dacheux (director) and the Austrian Dietmar Schwarzler (distributor, curator and writer), as well as in theaters will also be available in streaming on the MyMovies platform.
To embellish the program of this edition - the only non-competitive section of this extraordinary year - Italian rear lines curated by Umberto Cantone, which presents Donne Inattese. Tribute to Franca Valeri and Catherine Spaak, a parallel portrait of two "unexpected" women who have hardly won their authoritative position in the moralistic and sexophobic Italy of the 60s, claiming the dignity of their being "other", exhibiting the their restlessness and unscrupulousness, their intelligence as interpreters. The homage presents two films that identify them: Vittorio Caprioli's Paris o dear (1962), written and starring Franca Valeri, and Alberto Lattuada's Sweet Inganni (1960), in which Catherine Spaak's magnetic and alien talent was reflected . For one paradox and cynicism, for the other sensuality and rebellion: two parallel figures who, in different ways, invested in their bursting presence while also exhibiting a melancholy shadowiness that knew how to create imbalances and alarms.
Space also for the Visual Arts with the unpublished photographic project Things to save in case of fire, curated by Antonio Leone and created by Roberto Boccaccino and Rori Palazzo. Drawing inspiration from the title of the novel by Haley Tanner, the two artists reflect on the value and meaning of the Festival and its interactions with the social fabric in which it is rooted; both from the point of view of activism, of the political and cultural awareness that it has produced over the years, and with respect to the current situation linked to the incidence of the pandemic, and the generated uncertainty about our nearest future.
The SQFF trailer was made by Michele Bernardi, a leading exponent of authorial animation cinema, who pays homage to dance and Pina Bausch. A triumph of music and images made even more alive by passionate red signs that make up supple curves that allude to faces, eyes and lips.
The tenth edition of the Queer takes part in Taglio Corto, a free review of short films selected by the Coordination of Italian LGBTQ Film Festivals, available from 2 to 6 September on Vimeo ( 9 works that tell the stories, events and characters of that variegated world that revolves around the differences related to sexual orientations and gender identities with cinematic language.
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