Competition films and documentaries at RIFF 2023 Were announced


As always, the festival will award the best under-35 emerging filmmakers and the most
interesting documentaries about nature and environment. A total of 14 national premieres, two
European ones. And for the first time three previous festival winners return: Tereza Nvotová, Malou Reymann and Tamás Topolansky

SESTRI LEVANTE (GE) – The Riviera International Film Festival unveils all films and documentaries that will compete in its seventh edition, scheduled in Sestri Levante May 9-14. As always there will be two sections, each with ten films: the main one, dedicated to the best under-35 emerging filmmakers, and the section dedicated to documentaries about nature and environment. A total of fifteen nations will be represented, three continents – Europe, America and Asia – and as many as fourteen national premieres, including two European ones

For the first time in the history of the event, filmmakers who had already participated in previous editions will be returning: this is the case, for example, of Slovak Tereza Nvotová, winner of 2018 RIFF with her debut feature, “Filthy,” which would later also win her the Golden Leopard in the Cineasti section at the Locarno Film Festival and, this year, she will be competing with her second film, “Nightsiren“. Also returning to Sestri Levante is the Dutch, but Danish adopted, Malou Reymann who, with “Unruly,” hopes to repeat the success of 2021, when she won the awards for best director and best actress, the very young Kaya Toft Loholt, with the film “A perfectly normal family”. 

«Again this year we have ten very young filmmakers who will present us their works, still conceived and produced in the Covid period or in the post-pandemic period. A situation that has affected us all and that, inevitably, has also influenced their stories, made up of protagonists overwhelmed by dramatic situations but always with the desire to open up to tomorrow», states Massimo Santimone, programmer, when presenting the competition films. 

Among the out of competition films, great expectations for the presentation of “La Caccia”, the second work behind the camera for Marco Bocci, who, on Wednesday, May 10 at 9:15 p.m., will attend the screening at Cinema Ariston together with lead actor Filippo Nigro, a well-known face of many TV series from “Ris. Delitti imperfetti” to “Suburra,” and of the big screen where, among others, he has starred for Ferzan Ozpetek (“The Ignorant Fairies,” “Facing Windows” and the recent “The Goddess of Fortune”) and alongside Pierfrancesco Favino in Stefano Sollima’s “Acab – All cops are bastards.”. 

It is also worth mentioning that another previous winner of the Riviera International Film Festival, Hungarian Tamás Topolansky, who excelled in 2019 with “Curtiz,” will also be in Sestri Levante, this time in the role of juror and to present, on Saturday, May 13, the film “Heights and Depths” by Sándor Csoma, which he produced. Thursday afternoon, May 11, will instead be dedicated to short films, screened starting at 4 p.m. in the presence of their respective directors: “Film Rosa” by Silvia Bertocchi, “Judge” by Nicolò Pozzali, “Obscurus” by Marcello Mantero, “Why did you choose your parents” by Marta Pozzan and “My eyes” by Tommaso Acquarone, which entered the shortlist of short films competing at the last Oscars. 

Finally, there are two out-of-competition documentaries: “Peso morto“, which recounts the interminable 21 years in prison experienced by Angelo Massaro before he was found innocent, will be screened at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, followed by Stefania Vitulli’s in-theater interview with director Francesco Del Grosso; and “Punk Rock Vegan Movie,” Moby’s directorial debut, at Cinema Ariston Thursday, May 11 at 9:30 p.m., exceptionally with free admission, recalling that Moby himself will be the protagonist, via a link-up from the United States, of one of this edition’s auteur masterclasses. 

Tickets for all films and documentaries, in competition and out of competition, can be purchased on the official website and on the Wticket platform, individually or by subscription, as well as the already announced masterclasses, which will feature Moby, Francesca Comencini with Paki Meduri, Ludovica Rampoldi and jury president Emily Mortimer. 

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