Free Summer Film Festival at Trieste’s Public Garden

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by InTrieste

The Casa del Cinema Association of Trieste is set to present #CinemaNordEst, an annual film festival celebrating films shot, produced, and set in the Triveneto region. This event, which forms part of “Trieste Estate 2024,” will commence on Monday, July 8, at the Muzio de Tommasini Public Garden’s Cinema Garden.

From July 8 through July 12, with nightly screenings beginning at 9 p.m. and free admission, the Casa del Cinema Association will showcase a selection of recent cinematic works in the picturesque setting of the Cinema Garden. This event is part of the 21st edition of “Trieste Estate,” a summer festival organized by the Municipality of Trieste, with support from PromoTurismoFVG and the Trieste Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The festival will feature films highlighting the unique cultural and geographical aspects of Northeast Italy. It aims to shine a spotlight on this region’s distinctive contributions to cinema, offering a diverse program of both fiction and documentary films. A special tribute will be paid to Carlo Mazzacurati, the late director from Padua known for his portrayals of the Triveneto region, marking the tenth anniversary of his passing.

The festival begins on Monday with “Diabolik – Ginko All’Attacco!” by the Manetti Bros., the second installment in a trilogy about the famous comic book character created by the Giussani sisters. The film, shot in locations including Milan, Bologna, and Trieste, follows Diabolik and Eva Kant as they navigate a complex heist, evading the relentless Inspector Ginko.

On Tuesday, “Trieste – The Years of Psychoanalysis” by Giampaolo Penco will be screened. The film delves into the early post-World War I period, exploring the neuroses of the bourgeois and intellectual classes of the time through a psychoanalytic lens, inspired by the statues found within Trieste’s Public Garden.

Wednesday will feature the premiere of “Riders” (Jezdeca) by Dominik Mencej, presented in its original version with subtitles. Set in the spring of 1999, this film follows two friends from a small Slovenian village who modify their mopeds into choppers and embark on a journey through Slovenia and Croatia, seeking love and freedom.

On Thursday, the documentary “50 Years of CLU – United Workers Franco Basaglia Social Cooperative” by Erika Rossi will be presented in collaboration with the Forum Salute Mentale APS. The documentary recounts the establishment of the world’s first social cooperative in Trieste in 1972, founded by individuals who were then patients at a psychiatric hospital, highlighting their fight for civil and political rights.

The festival will conclude on Friday with a screening of the restored version of “Il Toro” by Carlo Mazzacurati, a road movie that won the Silver Lion at Venice in 1994. The film stars Diego Abatantuono and Roberto Citran as they journey from Northern Italy to Hungary, accompanied by a prized bull, and reflects on themes of war, displacement, and resilience. The restoration was undertaken by the Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with RTI-Mediaset and Infinity+, with support from MiC.

For further information, visit the official website. Free entry is available until all seats are occupied.

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