Noir in Festival, between cinema and literature the program of the 2023 edition

Will be Daniel Pennac, winner of the Raymond Chandler Award 2023 and author of the famous editorial saga of Malaussène, the protagonist of the inaugural day of the 33rd edition of Noir in Festival, scheduled in Milan from 1 to 7 December. Directed by Giorgio Gosetti, Marina Fabbri and Gianni Canova (IULM Delegate), promoted by the General Directorate of Cinema of the MIC, with the support of the IULM University, in collaboration with the Cineteca Italiana, the Casa del Manzoni, the Lombardia Film Commission, the Institut français Milan, Lo Scrittoio, Rizzoli Galleria, il Circolo dei Lettori and Milano Film Network, and under the patronage of the Municipality of Milan, confirms itself as the most original reality in the field of mystery between cinema, literature, news and history.

“This year’s choices”, say Marina Fabbri and Giorgio Gosetti, “they go in the direction of discovery and variety of themes and style. We like to think that the most representative and popular genre of the twentieth century has discovered new worlds and modern hybridizations in the new millennium. Our task is to explore this reality thanks to the talent of directors, writers and storytellers.”

films, masterclasses and appointments

Eight films of international competitionall in Italian premiere at Harlequin Cinemaseven gli special events hey out of competitionsix films are finalists for the Claudio Caligari Award for the best Italian genre work of the year. Like every year, there are five Italian genre novels nominated for the Giorgio Scerbanenco Awardhosted again at Casa Manzoni and which from this year, thanks to the support of the Lombardy Film Commission, sees the birth of the Scerbanenco Award – Novel for Cinema; eleven writers protagonists of meetings at Rizzoli Galleriaseven appointments at IULM Campus including Daniel Pennac’s masterclass, the story of the noir world of Gabriele Salvatores with Gianni Canova and Paola Jacobbi and a meeting on Cormac McCarthy, who passed away this year, between novels, cinema and life.

Finally, an important place goes to the day dedicated on December 2nd to the Historical Crime and the story of Marianna de Leyva, the famous Nun of Monza de The betrothed by Manzoni, edited by Cinzia Masotina and Marina Fabbri, created in collaboration with the Centro Nazionale Studi Manzoniani and the Casa del Manzoni. Participants include scholars Mauro Novelli and Daniela Brogi, writers Giancarlo De Cataldo, Luca Crovi, Marina Marazza, Ben Pastor, Marcello Simoni, director Marco Bellocchio

The most anticipated films

Among the most anticipated cinematic events: Neil LaBute’s new film Out of the Blue with Ray Nicholson (son of art) and Diane Kruger; The Goldman Case by Cédric Kahn, one of the brightest surprises of the last Cannes festival; the winner of the Golden Leopard Critical Zone by Ali Ahmadzadeh, a truth-thriller about underground life in the Tehran of the Ayatollahs; Italians Runner by Nicola Barnaba with Matilde Gioli and Francesco Montanari And The Garbage Man by Alfonso Bergamo with Paolo Briguglia and Tony Sperandeo; Israeli noir in time with rap The City by Amit Ulman; the provocative queer-thriller Femme by Sam H. Freeman and Ping Ng Chong; the Oscar nominee The Ashes of Time by Loïc Tanson; the animated series Italica Noir: the tools of the trade dedicated to the Milanese Mala and narrated by Jake La Furia.

Literary events and guests

Among the literary events: the new star of German noir Harald Gilbers with Death under the rubble (Emons Libri), Giancarlo De Cataldo with his Return Colpo (Einaudi), Donato Carrisi (The education of butterflies, Longanesi), the best Canadian seller Ashley Audrain (Sussurri, Rizzoli), Giampaolo Simi (Il client of consideration, Sellerio), the magical Deepti Kapoor with L’età del male (Einaudi) and the founder of Fausto Gimondi with Fortunacriminali (Longanesi), presented by Camila Raznovich.

Among the special guests and the unmissable events of this edition we can suggest the foray into the musical world: with the book by Giovanni Robertini («Linus» and «Rolling Stone») Death of a trapper (Harper Collins); the presence of Nina Zilli who supports the writer and director Cinzia Bomoll with the reading of passages from Non dire castello (Ponte alle Grazie); Pivio who talks about the noir music made with Aldo De Scalzi (and the Diabolik vinyls). And again, the evening dedicated by the Center Culturel Français to Daniel Pennac with the screening of The Orcs’ Paradise (by Nicolas Bary, with Bérénice Bejo and Emir Kusturica) and the “rediscovery” of one of Marco Bellocchio’s most surprising films, Blood of the my blood, intense and personal historical investigation into forced monkhood in the 17th century and an echo of Manzoni’s most famous episode.

“The choice of Daniel Pennac for our ‘Nobel’ of noir fiction”, say Marina Fabbri and Giorgio Gosetti, “is somehow emblematic of the entire program of the year. An author outside the box, ironic and surprising even in his crossing of the genre, Pennac guides us into new territories of the mystery in which reality and the unexpected, the social background and the fantasy, the smile and the drama get the better of the tradition of classic noir and bring it into today’s world. We also wanted to underline the same spirit of ‘passage’ thanks to the pencil of Manuele Fior with his Milan suspended between the thousand-year-old signs of the Duomo and the skyline of a futuristic metropolis”.