Until April 8th the Lecce European Film Festival, directed by Cristina Soldano and Alberto La Monica, which this year celebrates a double anniversary: its 18 years of activity and the 50th anniversary of the death of an icon of Italian cinema, Totò – Prince Antonio De Curtis will take place in Multisala Massimo. The Festival will open celebrating Totò with the world premier of the restored version of “Chi si ferma è perduto” (He who hesitates is lost) by Sergio Corbucci to the presence of Elena Anticoli De Curtis, Totò’s granddaughter, and a Carlo Croccolo, who will receive the Ulivo d’Oro career award and illustrate his long career with Toto.
Other three prominent figures of the Italian cinema will be honored: actress Isabella Ferrari, actor Valerio Mastandrea and director Citto Maselli. While Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Ferzan Ozpetek, Agnieska Hollan and Stephen Frears will be the international protagonists of the event. The Festival will see 12 films in the main competition, short films competing for the Emidio Greco Prize, exhibitions, meetings and the 8th Mario Verdone Award, which will be assigned to a young author whose first work stood out in the last film season.
The Lecce European Film Festival is conceived and organized by the “Art Promotion” Cultural Association, with the support of the Council of Lecce and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, and realized by the Apulia Film Commission Foundation and the Apulia Region. The Lecce European Film Festival is a member of the Association of Italian Film Festivals and has the honor of the patronage of the European Parliament, the International Federation of Film Critics, the National Experimental Cinema Center, the National Trade union of Film Journalists, and the National Trade union of Film Critics.
Ilona Catani Scarlett