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The 2023 edition of CinemAmbiente Torino, the Turin film festival dedicated to the big screen at the service of the environment, begins today, Monday 5 June (which will continue until 11 June). The date chosen as the inauguration of the exhibition was not a random date: 5 June was chosen as World Environment Day is celebrated.
This year, 82 films will be presented, arriving from 38 countries, representing 5 continents. It will therefore be a global look at the state of the planet and at the issues that are at the heart of the international environmental debate, such as climate justice and social justice, soil protection, extractivism, the unstoppability of global warming and the ecological transition.
All the works presented will be divided, as usual, into the two competitive sections of Documentary Competition and Short Film Competition, and into the two non-competitive sections of Made in Italy and Panorama.
You can watch the exciting trailer of this year’s edition of the CinemAmbiente Festival in the video at the bottom of this article.
The opening and closing of this 26th edition
This year is the 26th edition of CinemAmbiente, scheduled in Turin from 5 to 11 June 2023.
The event is organized by the Cinema Museum and will open, as per tradition, with Il Punto by climatologist Luca Mercalli, which will be followed by the inaugural film The Letter: a Message for Our Earthinspired by the encyclical “Laudato si’” by Pope Francis and introduced by the archbishop of Turin Roberto Repole.
The closing evening will instead host a talk by Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, who will talk about “A world of three zeros” (zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero emissions).
As for the closing film, it will be up to Breaking Social bring down the curtain on CinemAmbiente 2023. This is the new feature film by Swedish director Fredrik Gertten, former author of Bikes vs Cars.
Among the guests, the Russian director Victor Kossakovsky is also present
There are many guests expected these days in Turin on the occasion of the film and environmental festival.
Among these, there is the Russian director Victor Kossakovsky, who will be awarded the Stella della Mole 2023 Award and whose latest film will be screened, Gunda.
A local artist will also be awarded: the actor and playwright Andrea Pennacchi, to whom the green Ciak Award will be presented and to whom the Festival pays homage with the screening of Pluto by Renzo Carbonera, the film released in February 2023 starring Pennacchi as Franco “Chief” Carling, a US Army veteran who lives alone in a bunker in the woods, obsessed by the threat of a nuclear anthropocene.
Among the many screenings, those of films are also expected Corn Island And I, beast, films signed respectively by the Georgian filmmaker George Ovashvili and by the Russian director Nicole Gratovsky (two of the directors present in the jury). Nicole Gratovsky co-directed the film with her husband Alexander I, beast.
Masterclass and guests (including the Aosta Valley writer Claudio Morandini)
The Aosta Valley writer Claudio Morandini, winner of the Le Ghiande 2023 literary prize, will also be present as a guest.
And by now inevitable in any self-respecting cultural event, even in this case there will be some masterclasses. One will be entrusted to Russian director Victor Kossakovsky, the other to Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín.
A festival born in the late 90s
The CinemAmbiente Festival was born in Turin in 1998 with the aim of presenting the best environmental films and documentaries at an international level. This film and environmental review aims to help raise public awareness and promote environmental cinema and culture, also thanks to activities that take place throughout the year.
Founded and directed by Gaetano Capizzi, CinemAmbiente is the most important event in Italy dedicated to films dealing with topics related to the environment.
The Festival is a founding member of the Green Film Network, an association that brings together the most important international film festivals on an environmental theme.
Below we show you the exciting trailer of this year’s edition of the CinemAmbiente Festival.