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Icon of Italian Cinema


The 14th edition of Cortinametraggio, a festival directed by Maddalena Mayneri dedicated to the best of Italian short films, is taking place in Cortina from March 18 to 24 and is going to be inaugurated by Barbara Bouchet – the guest of honor from Italian cinema, as well as a festival juror.

Born in Czechoslovakia but of German descent, she grew up in the United States where she made her debut in 1965 at just over twenty years old in the film In Harm’s Way (Prima Vittoria), directed by Otto Preminger. Wanted by Tarantino and courted by Scorsese for Gangs of New York, she has also worked with many directors in Italy including Pasquale Festa Campanile, Lucio Fulci, Luciano Salce, Mauro Bolognini, Sergio Martino, Silvio Amadio, just to name a few.

The Cortometraggi section, directed by Vincenzo Scuccimarra, involves – like always – short Italian narratives that range between various genres and address many themes. Regarding the 2019 contest selection, Vincenzo Scuccimarra comments: “This year we have received 450 short films, we had never received so many before. The twenty-one participants in the competition deal with important themes in current affairs, tackling them with humor, originality, style, and spontaneity: social and relational uncertainty, fear of the future, marginalization, and integration. Although in most cases they are comedies, they are not evasion shorts, they want to face reality.” 21 short films in competition vary between intelligent comedies casting their gaze on everyday realities and problems, and short films linked to the theme of integration as an expression of a society that’s becoming more and more multiethnic.

The short films will be judged by a jury which includes directors Riccardo Antonaroli and Matteo Nicoletta, who won last year in Cortina with Cani di razza, Ricky Tognazzi, Tosca D’Aquino and Roberta Beta. Among the events that can’t be missed at Cortinametraggio 2019 is the arrival of Daniele Luchetti who is holding a workshop organized by the Festival in collaboration with the CSC – Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Experimental Cinematography Center), as part of a CSC Lab project. The Intensive Actors and Directors Workshop “Directing the Actors” is on March 21 and 22 in Cortina d’Ampezzo, and is geared towards actors, actresses, and directors who want to enhance their knowledge in the field of cinematographic language. The seminar is even open to aspiring directors who want to start learning about the makings in a relationship between directors and actors. Registration for the workshop includes participation in all activities of the 14th edition of Cortinametraggio which is taking place from March 18 to 24, 2019 in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Luchetti’s new film Momenti di Trascurabile Felicità is going to be screened on March 19 at the festival. The 14th edition of Cortinametraggio’s official institutional Partners include the Italian National Film Journalists Union (SNGCI), Rai, MiBAC
Direzione Generale per il Cinema. The Festival is sponsored by the Veneto Region, the Belluno Province, the Municipality of Cortina d’Ampezzo, with the support of Cortina Marketing Se.Am., with their Cultural Events Network, ANEC (National Cinema Practitioners Association), FICE (Italian Avant-Garde Cinema Federation) and the CSC-Experimental Cinematography Center. The Festival’s main sponsors include Medusa Film, Vision Distribution, Universal Music Publishing Ricordi S.r.l., Dolomia, Farecantine, I Santi di Diso, Audi. Main Media Partners are Radio Montecarlo, Vanity Fair, Ciak. Main hospitality sponsors are Grand Hotel Savoia in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Hotel de La Poste. Gold sponsors are Trieste Caffè,
Levi’s, Riva.



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