The 36th edition of the Florence International Cinema and Women Festival, ‘The Origin of the World’, will take place from the 6th to the 11th of November, 2014.
Two conflicting working models still surround women and their representation in society today: one conservative and the other progressive. So what role does women’s cinema play in this conflict? The Festival’s program will describe the different worlds that filmmakers move in whilst taking into account both the historical-geographical and artistic complexities involved. The ‘Festival di Cinema e Donne’, with this in mind, will take place over the course of six gala evenings dedicated to an equal number of film events from different countries featuring thematic sections with seminars organised in conjunction with the respective embassies of the countries involved.
This year the Festival will be inaugurated by the new generation of “Gender Warriors” who during the seventies experimented with a new language of subordination through the medium of cinema. This event is in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Film Institute. Together with the Camões Institute of Lisbon and the Portugese Embassy, we will screen Uma Casa Portuguesa a Firenze where we will get to meet the new generation of Portuguese filmmakers.
In conjunction with the French Institute of Florence we will screen a homage to Marguerite Duras as well as Coline Serreau in the section ‘ Local Films for global problems’ 8211; How to film the planet whilst trying to save it.
From Saturday the 8th through to Monday the 10th of November, the great German Filmmaker, Margarethe von Trotta will be in Florence with her ‘Triptych’, portrayed by Barbara Sucowa and dedicated to three leading protagonists of European history. Vision chronicles the life of Hildegard von Bingen; Benedictine nun, scientist, musician and scholar. A mystic and visionary and one of the most influential women of her age. Rosa L with Barbara Sucowa’s magical and multi award-winning role of the most atypical revolutionary of her generation. Margarethe von Trotta favors the complex balance between private and political as shown in the extraordinary prison sequences inspired by the letters of Luxemburg. This brings us to Hannah Arendt, a worldwide success, that provoked heated debate upon its release and which hasn’t been widely seen in Italy. This film represents the perfect starting point for an exploration of European female Thinkers. In fact it offers us a contrasting depiction of the philosophy lent to journalism during the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem. Margarethe von Trotta will meet up with scholars of History, Cinema and Philosophy at a seminar entitled ‘ The Legacy and European Female Identity’, organized in conjunction with the German Institute of Florence.
Constanza Quatriglio will be representing Italy with her body of work and it will offer an excellent opportunity to understand what it means to make formally refined and personal films in the shadow of a country as ‘difficult’ to narrate as Italy. In the section Pioneers and Stars we will also show A Homage to Lorenza Mazzetti, filmmaker and writer and the only woman director of the Free Cinema movement of the 1960’s.
In collaboration with Sodec and the Quebec Delegation of Rome we have The Thinking Energy of the North, the Cultural Eccentricity of Quebec. To illustrate this theme, the Director, Micheline Lanctôt will take part with three of her most acclaimed films made in the course of her all-encompassing career. Sonatine (1984); A study of adolescent despair and hunger for love, musical in form, and structured in three movements. Deux Actrices (1993): two estranged sisters learn to accept one another. Pour l’amour de Dieu (For the Love of God) (2011) : Montréal,1959, and in the class of Sister Cecilia, Leonie, aged eleven, meets a young priest Father Malachy, and it’s love at first sight.
Micheline Lanctôt won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival for her second film Sonatine. She began her acting career with her starring role in the Gilles Carle film « La vraie nature de Bernadette / The True Nature of Bernadette» (screened at Cannes, 1972). Lanctôt soon returned to the Croisette with her first film as a Director, « L’Homme à tout faire / The Handyman » (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, 1980). In 2013 she returned once again as an actress in two films:« Sarah préfère la course / Sarah prefers to run » directed by Chloé Robichaud, the revelation of Cannes 2013 and also in the magnificent « The apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz » as part of a retrospective dedicated to her husband, Ted Kotcheff. Lanctôt has just finished making her last film to date, « Autrui », produced by Reprise Films, that is soon to be released. At the beginning of 2014, she was awarded the prestigious, Canadian Jutra Hommage Prize in Quebec in recognition of her career.
Awards: il Sigillo della Pace, Premio Gilda Interprete, Film e Libro. Premio Alida Valli , Premio Anna Magnani.