The Future Film Festival, to stay on the science fiction theme, it’s like a dimensional portal. You enter the cinema, in a museum or in one of the other cultural places that host the exhibition and you find yourself exploring retro-futuristic worlds, playing with 80s consoles, looking for visual clues and broadening your horizons of knowledge.
It is the effect of the many special events that accompany the main competition, the retrospectives and the talks: proposals outside the box (and from the screens) that represent one of the souls of the event scheduled at Bologna from 21 to 25 September, a Modena from 30 September to 2 October.
Also there poster created for this 22nd edition is an invitation to “get lost” in other worlds: it is by The.Ogarno, a French author who creates “infinite drawings”, which develop in loops from a single static image, and gradually reveal themselves thanks to the zoom . A work that has also found its place in a prestigious location such as the Donà dalle Rose Foundation in Venice.
It starts, on 21 September, from the vision of the “Making of” of a little gem like Labor – Forbidden to dogs and Italians, film by Alain Ughetto. Made of claymation, animated plasticine, it tells the migratory experience of his family, from Italy to France, in the first half of the twentieth century: it is a journey back in time that makes us reflect on the themes of hospitality and uprooting.
(Bologna, Arlecchino Cinema, 5 pm)
Art knows no boundaries: the Future Film Festival is linked to Linoleum Contemporary Anmation and Media Art Festival in Kiev, the largest independent Ukrainian event dedicated to animation, born in 2014. The twinning was born to expand art beyond all borders, put creativity into circulation and support an important project that is currently experiencing great difficulties due to the war – and the consequent zeroing of funding for culture. In addition to financial support, the “featuring” includes the screening, on September 23, of some of the main works of the Linoleum Festival: Deep Love by Mykyta Lyskov (2019), Deep Water by Anna Dudko (2020), Paper or Plastic by Nata Metlukh, (2020), The Responsible Hero by Roman Lysenko (2021), The Surrogate by Stas Santimov (2020), Unnecessary Things by Dmytro Lisenbart (2020), Until it Turns Black by Anastasiia Falileieva (2019). Confirmation of the presence of the director is awaited until the last moment Anastasiya Verlinska.
(Bologna, 23 September 2022, 12 noon at the Arlecchino Cinema)
On September 24th, space for Special Horror Stop-Motion Nightwhich presents a desecrating and irreverent work like Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampiresmade by Mike Mort in 2018. The film follows the adventures of Chuck Steel, a policeman with a wheelbarrow-sized chin, rebel, blockhead, nonconformist and nonsense who battles a horde of vampire-like feasting on blood drunkards. Chuck Steel is a parody of eighties action movies, violent, vulgar and politically incorrect to the point of unbelievable. The feature film is also interesting on a technical level: every scene of the film is chock full of details, and all the animations were made with double frames per second, making it particularly fluid. He participated in its creation Tim Allen, as lead animator, who has worked, among others, for Tim Burton and the recent Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro.
(Bologna, Saturday 24 September 2022, 11 pm Cinema Lumière – Sala Mastroianni)
As part of the official celebrations “Mario Lodi 100 “the Future Film Festival dedicates a special White Paper to Mario Lodi, edited by the journalist and writer Carlo Ridolfi. Lodi was a friend and collaborator of the Future Film Festival: the master, extraordinary pedagogue and inventor of the House of Arts and Games, created – in collaboration with the event and in particular the director Giulietta Fara – an innovative laboratory, Fare Tv, which transforms children into actors, authors, technicians, teaching how the mechanisms of the small screen work and freeing the imagination. To remember the figure of him, who passed away in 2009, the Festival has created White Paper to Mario Lodi, a series of three events. We therefore speak of the relationship between man and the naturewith the environmentalist Daniza Celli, of the sense of historythat is how to tell the intertwining of common lives and great events, and of the link between music and art with Barbara Bertoletti, from the House of Arts and Games. Each of the meetings (21 and 22 September in Bologna, 2 October in Modena) will be followed by one screening of short films on the theme, with works from various geographical horizons and from various eras.
Future Film Festival then dedicates an entire day, September 24 in Bologna, to a special event, which follows the trend of Retrofuturo, the leitmotif of this edition. The talk Retrofuture videogames will see protagonist Ivan Venturi, co-founder of the first Italian video game software house, Simulmondo, and entrepreneur in the sector: he will be the one to do the honors and welcome many guests, part of the varied world of Italian gaming, videogame pioneers and experts both in hardware and mechanics and electronics. Among them, also many characters linked to Simulmondo.
Among the surprises of the festival there is also a technological gem: O’Psy Town in Komplexscope, created by Komplex, offers a very special interactive experience in “random” and unpredictable moments before the projections. The public is invited, through a QR Code, to participate in a VR game, and discover, through the screen of their smartphone, a small alternative world full of characters. Stories and design are by Mariano Equizzi, music and sound design by Paolo Bigazzi Alderigi, the digital video by Luca Liggio.
(In Bologna and Modena, every day by surprise).
Likewise, space for technology applied to cinema in the competition section New Frontiers for works in AR, VR, 360 and mixed media. Six works on display: Montegelato by Davide Rapp (Italy, 2021); Dream Builders: the Cenotaph for Newton by Arnaud Desjardins (France, 2022); Peaceful Places by Margherita Landi and Agnese Lanza (Italy, 2021); Volcano | Life that sleeps by Omar Rashid (Italy, 2021); Lockdown 2020 | Invisible Italy by Omar Rashid (Italy, 2020); 2020: life and death of a virus by Edo Tagliavini (Italy, 2022).
(Bologna, from 21 to 25 September, Cortile della Cineteca)
RETRO GAME Experience. With the collaboration of Bologna Nerd, a new exhibition space dedicated to the birth of videogaming is born. The Foyer of the Arlecchino Cinema is filled with historic consoles, unforgettable companions of many afternoons in the games room, ready for a dip in the past. These are really playable games, installed in the classic “caissons” of the time. A gift for retrogaming fans and nostalgic die-hards but also the new generations, curious to find out how they had fun a few decades ago.
(Bologna, from 21st to 25th September, Arlecchino Cinema – Foyer 3.00pm-11.00pm)
ANIME ROBOT & CYBORG: the original cel
And the International Museum and Library of Music to host a little treasure for anime lovers. Until October 2, you will be able to admire authentic original cel used to create the most famous Japanese cartoons of the 70s and 80s, such as Astro Boy, Grendizer, Gundam and Conan. These are the acetate sheets on which the lines of the drawings have been transposed, then colored with vinyl tempera: as very precious frames, they are the joy of collectors. They belong to the private collection of Alessandro Cavazza.
(Bologna, Inauguration 20 September at 7pm – from 21 September to 2 October, International Museum and Library of Music)
The places of the Festival
Bologna: Arlecchino Cinema, Bologna Film Archive-Sala Mastroianni, International Museum and Library of Music, Sala Borsa, IAAD, MamBo || Modena: Open Workshop, Astra Cinema, FMAV Online room: www.MyMovies.it
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