Croatia / Zagreb Film Festival

Zagreb Film Festival

The Zagreb Film Festival was held from November 11th to 18th in 9 locations across the Croatian capital, from the Cinema Europe to the Museum of Contemporary Art. This year, its 17th, the extended festival was also present in 15 other towns, including Split and Dubrovnik. Dedicated to emerging film-makers, the festival had 5 categories: …

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Italy / Matteo Garrone announces the production of his next film, “Pinocchio”

Matteo Garrone

Matteo Garrone’s new film Pinocchio will begin shooting in the first quarter of 2019. Production of this adaptation was postponed while the Italian director focussed on his latest film, Dogman. This time Garrone, who has twice won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes for his films Gomorra and Reality, is taking his inspiration from Italian …

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Morocco / Agadir International Festival of Cinema and Migration

Festival International Cinéma et Migrations d'Agadir

The 15th edition of this Moroccan festival, organized by an association called “L’initiative Culturelle”, closed on Saturday, November 10th at the newly-renovated Rialto Cinema. The Turkish film More, directed by Onur Saylak, won the Grand Prix, in competition with 9 other feature films. More is about Gaza, a young man whose dreams of studying clash …

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Spain / 12th Catalonia Festival of Arab and Mediterranean Film

Mostra du Cinéma Arabe et Méditerranéen de Catalogne

The 12th Catalonia Festival of Arab and Mediterranean Film opened on November 8th in Barcelona with the screening of Daily life in a Syrian village, a film by the great director and writer Omar Amiralay. This documentary made in 1974 with the playwright Saadallah Wannous had been banned in Syria. By showing the daily life …

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Italy / 24th Medfilm Festival

Medfilm Festival

The Medfilm Festival, focussing on films from the Mediterranean basin, opened on November 9th at Rome’s Savoy cinema. For its 24th year, 79 films from 34 countries were screened in three locations in the Italian capital: the Savoy cinema, Macro – the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma – and the Nuovo Cinema Aquila. Many film-makers, …

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Italy / Shooting Francesco Mandelli’s film, “Appena un minuto”

Francesco Mandelli

Italian director Francesco Mandelli has started shooting his third feature film Appena un minuto (Just a Minute) in Rome. With a 6 week schedule, the film has an enviable cast: Max Giusti, Massimo Wertmuller, Loretta Goggi, Paolo Calabresi, Dino Abbrescia, Herbert Ballerina, Antonello Fassari, Susy Laude, Carolina Signore and Francesco Mura. Max Giusti, who wrote …

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