Linea d’Ombra Festival arrives XXVIII edition, which will take place in Salerno from 11 to 18 November 2023. The artistic directors Giuseppe D’Antonio and Boris Sollazzo have managed to offer a truly exceptional program which for eight days will bring events to the city of Salerno , screenings and meetings with some of the most important protagonists of Italian cinema. From the D’Innocenzo brothers to Giovanni Veronesi, from Francesco Amato to Yari Gugliucci, from Edoardo De Angelis to Pietro Castellitto, from Tanino Liberatore to Nanni Moretti, there are many sacred monsters of the seventh art who become protagonists of this event.
During the meetings we will not only talk about cinema (or comics, in the case of Tanino Liberatore) but also about the world as it is today, where we are going. Going deeper into these discussions proves fundamental to understand how we can change the fate of a world that is going crazy. The conclusion of the 2023 edition of Linea d’Ombra Festival will see a grand musical finale, dominated by Greta Scarano with her second identity, that of a singer.
Linea d’Ombra Festival XXVIII edition is an initiative created with the contribution and patronage of the Campania Region with the Campania Region Film Commission, of the Municipality of Salerno, of the General Directorate of Cinema and Audiovisual – Ministry of Culture, of the Salerno Chamber of Commerce .
The Linea d’Ombra Festival competitions
For Passaggi d’Europa, there are five feature films in competition. Comes from Ireland Ann by Ciaran Creagh. France leads Maoussi by Charlotte Schiøler. Britain is with No Way Home by Yousef Ali Khan. Bosnia presents Excursions by Una Gunjak. Finally Sweden, with 12 Dares by Izer Aliu.
With CortoEuropa the best short film of the year will be selected: for this edition, there are 19 films in competition, coming from 13 different countries. LineaDoc is the competition dedicated to documentaries, “this year’s selection is truly of notable importance, twelve titles from nine different countries for a selection that includes works from all over the world”, says the magazine Take.
There is also VedoAnimato, a section dedicated to animated short films in all their forms, from step one to 3D animation.
Like every year, in tandem with the popular jury, each section will have a dedicated technical commission. The popular jury of Passaggi d’Europa will be made up of 100 people over 14 years of age. She will be supported by the Expert Jury composed of the director Francesco Amato, the writer Manlio Castagna and the film critic Jessica Kiang. The votes of the 25 “popular” ones from LineaDoc will be joined by those of the Expert Jury with the director Marco Scotuzzi, the director, screenwriter and film producer Valerio Jalongo and the camera operator, video editor, color correction and post production technician Stefano Testa.
For CortoEuropa, the 100 popular jurors will be joined by the director of the National Cinema Museum Domenico De Gaetano, the actor and director Yari Gugliucci and the professor of Cinema History at the University of Salerno Mariangela Palmieri. With VedoAnimato, there are 25 popular jurors and with them Stefania Fausto, Visual & Creative Researcher, will have a decisive influence on the choice of the podium; Pierre Foldes, music composer and director; Tanino Liberatore, cartoonist, illustrator, designer and painter, as reported Ciak Magazine.
Previews and screenings
At the historic arthouse of Salerno Cinema Fatima, for Linea d’Ombra Festival there will be the national preview of 20,000 species of bees, the Spanish film by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren. it is a film that deals with the delicate problem of “gender dysphoria” in a new and very original way.
In the out-of-competition section, networking, local entities active on environmental issues, innovation and youth culture with Italian short films are the main protagonists Wasted by Tobia Passigato, in collaboration with Giffoni Innovation Hub, and Finally home by Vincenzo Giordano in collaboration with MAC Fest.
Completing the program of special screenings will be a tribute to Lina Wertmuller and the short stories of the writer Haruki Murakami. Short documentary will be presented Thanks Lina by Yari Gugliucci and the animated film Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Pierre Földes.
Nanni Moretti will be one of the great protagonists of the event
The traditional night-time film marathon of Linea d’Ombra will be dedicated to Nanni Moretti and his cinema, and will also see Moretti himself in attendance.
From Ecce Bombo to The Sun of the Futurethe marathon will offer many variations of Moretti, from Michele Apicella, his alter ego, who navigates through genres (White, Red Palombella), up to that of Dear Diary And My mother. Not even documentary filmmaker Moretti will be missing, with his Santiago, Italy.
Not just cinema
Linea d’Ombra is not just about cinema but about many other souls of culture and art.
There is music, that of the Okiees Collective which with Rageen presents volume 1 of an unprecedented form of concept album, which marries the idea of transmedia narration, and Ginevra Nervi who in The Disorder of Appearances A/V lets ambient, electronic and avant-garde music dialogue.
Theater is also present, with Carlo Roselli’s work Diego which presents itself as a tale of a dystopian future in which water is the most precious commodity. As for the video clip, it will be presented Small storya, a story written by university professors Alfonso Amendola and Andrea Rabbito. Then the video game, with the live performance of Andrea Facchinetti driving his virtual Gran Turismo car.
The first Nexsoft Short Film Award competition aimed at screenwriters under 30
For this edition, the first Nexsoft Short Prize competition is planned, aimed at Italian and European screenwriters under 30. The four finalists will be presented during the festival to the judgment of the writer Diego De Silva. “Works of technically high quality” were defined by the members of the pre-selection committee Manuela D’Ovidio (assistant director), Dario Renda (film producer) and Miki Rosco (marketing expert/storyteller).