The 37th Festival du film d’amour is ready and eager to begin

– The oldest LGBTQI+ festival in Europe will take place from April 26 to May 1 in Turin, offering up to 54 titles in competition and the professional sidebar Lovers Goes Industry

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54 titles, whether feature films, documentaries or short films from around the world, including 29 national previews, four European previews, four international previews and one world preview, will be screened over six full festival days… There will be all this and more at the Lovers Film Festival, the oldest LGBTQI+-themed festival in Europe (and the third in the world), whose 37th edition will take place from April 26 on May 1 in Turin.

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Made for the third year by an activist, writer and television personality Vladimir Luxuriewhich promises an “iconic, colorful and thrilling” festival, the event organized by the Turin Film Museum will feature three international competitions for feature films, documentaries and short films. Matt Carterthe british job Next to – a film about gay rugby where two players break the main rule of not falling in love with a teammate – is set to open the festival, while Luis Navarretethe spanish offer The Ghost of the Sauna [+see also:
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– a tribute/parody of the famous The Phantom of the Opera musical comedy with accents of Iberian madness à la Almodóvar – must close the Festival du film d’amour.

Headings that adorn the agenda include: Nelly and Nadine [+see also:
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by Magnus Gertten (Sweden/Belgium/Norway), which tells of an unlikely love story between two women who fell in love in the Ravensbrück concentration camp on Christmas Eve 1944; Norway nothing to laugh by Petter Naess, where a successful comedian throws the rule book out the window and turns his life upside down at the most dramatic moment of his life; British film Love by marley morisson, billed as “one of the best and most enjoyable coming-of-age stories to tell this season”; and Of them by Astar Elkayamwhich chronicles the physical and emotional challenges two Israeli women face when they decide to start a family.

Then there are the documentaries Hi world by Kenneth Elvebakk (Norway/Sweden), telling the courageous stories of coming out of three girls aged 12, 13 and 14; La Farona by Colletiva+, portraying one of the founding fathers of the Italian LGBTQI+ movement, the eccentric and irreverent Mario Mieli; and French title Babylon Fashion by Gianluca Matarresewhich draws the curtains on the world of fashion, follows three icons from the catwalks of Milan, Paris and New York, and asks what it means to be yourself in a world of appearances.

Stealing attention among the various guests present, apart from the sponsor of this year’s edition Barbara Bouchet and actress, writer and director Sabine Guzzantithere is a meeting with a trans artist Zi Faamelunative of Crimea, singer and television personality well known in Ukraine but now a political refugee, who will follow the screening of Finland in the presence of the Spanish director Horace Alcala. The National Film Museum must also pay tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, showing four films and hosting the debate “Who’s afraid of Pasolini? The Uncomfortable Thinking in his Films”, which will feature the new director of the Turin Film Festival Steve DellaCasa.

Finally, there is the third edition of Lovers Goes Industry (April 29 and 30) which serves as a meeting point for the LGBTQI+ film industry and attracts producers, distributors, exhibitors and filmmakers from all over the world. The event will consist of pitching sessions, one-to-one meetings and, above all, the WIP Pitch where participants in specific calls will present their projects to professionals and the public present. The winning project will then be supervised by a professional specialized in international distribution.

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(Translated from Italian)

Gerald R. Schneider