The Festival takes off this Friday 27 October at the Politeama Rossetti: after the screening of the cult “Jurassic Park” by Steven Spielberg in a restored version at 4.30 pm, the traditional opening ceremony will be held at 8 pm with the preview of the film “Ufo Sweden” by the Crazy Pictures collective (Sweden, 2022), a science fiction story featuring ordinary people, catapulted into an extraordinary action-packed adventure.
The evening continues at the Rossetti with the Italian premiere screening at 10.30 pm of “Simulant” by April Mullen (Canada, 2023): in the near future, the boundary between man and machine is more indefinite than ever. These new hybrids, called Simulants, are identical to humans and must submit to the will of humans. One of them decides to eliminate the restrictions on his thoughts and abilities, triggering the uprising of the artificial intelligences.
During the opening night, Tim Webber will also be awarded the Golden Asteroid Award for his extraordinary contribution to the science fiction genre. Winner of the Oscar© Award for the film “Gravity” and author of the visual effects of numerous films, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Children of Men, The Dark Knight and Avatar, Webber will present his short film “Flite” on Saturday 28 October at 2.30pm at the Miela Theater as part of European Fantastic Shorts, the selection of European short films competing for the Méliès d’argent Award. The short film is set in a semi-submerged London in 2053, in which the world hover board champion attempts a dangerous escape from the very luxurious apartment where she is held prisoner by her manager.
IVIPRO DAYS is also underway, the annual Italian event dedicated to video games as a resource for describing the territory and cultural heritage promoted by the IVIPRO Association and the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival, which returns to Trieste for the second consecutive year. On 27 and 28 October there will be lectures and round tables, with the aim of raising awareness, disseminating and sharing experiences and best practices.
The evening of Friday 27 October continues at 11pm at Miela with a special screening of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, the 1920 classic directed by John Stuart Robertson, which will be covered live by the musical collective Effetto Brama. To express in music the great theme of the dualism between reason and drive, the reality principle and the pleasure principle that distinguishes the work inspired by the famous story by Robert L. Stevenson, the musicians Di Benedetto and Minguzzi experiment in Duo with timbres and sound environments offered by their singular instruments.