Europe meets other continents at FESCAAL

– The 31st edition of the African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival in Milan will be opened by Malian twistthe latest achievement by French filmmaker Robert Guédiguian

Malian twist by Robert Guédiguian

The 31st edition of FESCAAL – Festival of African, Asian and Latin American Cinema will be officially inaugurated on Friday April 29, at the San Fedele Auditorium in Milan, with an Italian premiere of Malian twist [+see also:
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. This latest offering from the master of French cinema Robert Guediguian addresses a subject that is still taboo on cinema screens: the consequences of colonialism and neo-colonialism in Mali. The film will be presented by its young protagonist and child prodigy of French cinema Stephane Bak.

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This year, the festival aims to be hybrid, taking place face-to-face and online until May 8, promising meetings with the selected directors and special events around films and cultures from 3 continents, screened in 5 different places and in online via MYmovies. Almost all of the films in competition are co-productions with European countries.

Several first works and their associated new talents are flying to the festival from Cannes 2021, namely Gessica Geneus with Freda [+see also:
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which portrays the youth of Haiti in an unprecedented way, caught between creativity, poverty and political struggles – and actress Sandra Melissa Torreswho won the Rising Star Award for his leading role in Simon Mesa In a way tothe columbian movie Amparo [+see also:
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(Colombia/Sweden/Qatar), which sees her playing a teenage mother caught in a race against time to save her son who has been conscripted into the army; Algeria will offer a film bearing the name of a woman: soula, by Salah Isadwhich paints an unprecedented picture in an Arab film of an anti-heroine trying to escape the conditioning imposed by a conservative society, and yet another female story is at the heart of Shawkat Amin Korkiit is The exam [+see also:
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(winner of the FIPRESCI prize at Karlovy Vary 2021), which takes us to Iraqi Kurdistan where two sisters are fighting so that the youngest, at least, can continue her studies and have a chance at a better future; there is an appearance courtesy of Geraldine Chaplin in Juan Pablo Richterit is 98 seconds without sombra, where she plays the grandmother of a bright and witty girl in 1980s Bolivia, caught between drug traffickers, capitalism and social reform; and, last but not least, Cannes Critics’ Week The gravediggerhis wife [+see also:
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by Somali director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed (winner of FESPACO 2021 and recipient of the Amplify Voices Prize in Turin in 2021), which tells a story of love and survival in a country almost completely absent from African cinema: Djibouti.

Two documentaries complete the festival selection this year. There are We students! [+see also:
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by Rafiki Farialaof this year’s Berlinale, which offers a snapshot of student life in the capital of the Central African Republic, in which the rapper director and his university friends reveal their uncertainties about the future as well as their private lives (the film is distributed by Karta Film in Italy), but there is also the Amsterdam IDFA champion, The children of the Brume, by the director Ha Diemwhich follows the troubled footsteps of two Hmong teenagers engaged to each other in a remote village in the Vietnamese mountains, where “marriage by kidnapping” is still a common practice.

As for the festival program dedicated to Italian directors, it includes mother lode [+see also:
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by Matteo Tortonewhich honored Venice Critics’ Week in 2021, Amuka by Antonio Spano (DRC/Belgium/Italy) and Los Zuluagas (Italy/Colombia) by Flavia Montini.

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(Translated from Italian)