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Sardinian filmmaker Pietro Mereu will be at terre di confine filmfestival in March presenting a work-in-progress edition of his latest documentary, The sea urchin divers’ clan’ (which competed for Donatello’s David 2018). Its trailer is included above. Pietro also directed ‘Disoccupato in affitto’  (‘Unemployed for renting') (2011), web series ‘Culurgiones mon amour’ (‘Ode to Sardinian ravioli’) (2013), short ‘Il club dei centenari’ (‘The centenarians’ clan’) (2016) and TV miniseries 'I manager di Dio' (‘The Benedictine Monks, managers for God’) (2017) - and performed as actor in film Gli amici di Freddy’ ('Freddy’s friends’) (2016, directed by Bepi Vigna).

The clan is composed of six seamen; they all narrate their own life stories. These are gentlemen of fortune, mirroring Corto Maltese and Mackie Messer: out of prison, they now practice a semi-clandestine activity, underwater collection of sea urchins to be sold in Cagliari's surroundings. In a not so distant past, they were protagonists of big and small adventures at sea (not only in Sardinia: there is also a Brindisi-Valona-Brindisi), in prison, in the Cagliari neighbourhood and in their own families. These stories are also impressed and summarized on their tattooed bodies. And their scenario is the town of Cagliari: the prison of Buoncammino, the districts of Castello, Sant'Elia, its piers, the Scaffa bridge ...

According to some film critics, values and codes of honour of the Cagliari underworld are highlighted, linking those who committed and suffered injustice. Maybe these are more complex stories – and we could find hints in Danilo Montaldi’s comments to the  ‘Autobiografie della leggera’ – the stories Montaldi personally collected in the Sixties from fishermen, scammers and smugglers who practiced ‘light’ mob activities (i.e. excluding ‘heavy’ mob activities, like killing) on the Po river and the Lombardy lakes.

Four questions to Pietro Mereu.
Q. Why these stories?

A. I chose the stories of a group headed by Gesuino Banchero, a sort of boss of a sea urchins divers' clan. In Cagliari there are several divers' clans: I met my own during the shooting of the film 'Gli amici di Freddy' (I was playing the part of a drug dealer) and we quickly developed a special relationship. First I met Gesuino and Massimo, then Gesuino brought Andrea, and Andrea told me about Bruno, his cousin, emprisoned in Uta. Simone, when he came out from jail, was helped by Gesuino. Joe Perrino is a sort of connection between the so-called ‘normal’ world and the sea urchin divers’ scenario: his ballads of the underworld are the ideal soundtrack for their stories.

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Il nostro festival è completamente gratuito, e si svolge con una prima tappa ad Oristano (8 marzo, pomeriggio) e due fine settimana 'lunghi' (dal venerdì alla domenica) in due paesi dell'Oristanese: 9-11 marzo a Solarussa, di 2429 abitanti, e 16-18 marzo ad Asuni, di 344 abitanti, inframmezzati da una tappa a Sassari (15 marzo). Tra i 47 film in programma, una serie di lungometraggi e cortometraggi di autori colombiani proiettati per la prima volta in Italia, con sottotitolatura italiana; altri lungometraggi e cortometraggi di autori sardi, alcuni dei quali in anteprima, in versione integrale o in versione ancora in lavorazione. Diciannove personalità del cinema colombiano (Jaime E. Manrique, Carlos Tribiño Mamby, Sara Arango, Felipe Aljure) e sardo (Enrico Pau, Pietro Mereu, Bonifacio Angius, Bepi Vigna ...) ci faranno compagnia, presentando i propri lavori e il proprio modo di raccontare insieme al direttore artistico Marco Antonio Pani. Ci sarà infine una presenza e un evento a sorpresa.

Perchè in paese? Perchè nel 2005, il primo anno, il festival si è svolto ad Asuni, in un contesto insolito e insieme spettacolare: il grande anfiteatro all'aperto nel centro del paese. Ecco le foto e il racconto dell'anno zero (foto di Stephan Van den Zegel).

Il paese, anzi i paesi (Asuni e Solarussa) restano alla base del spirito del festival. Un festival non competitivo, senza tappeti rossi, in cui molti incontri e dibattiti si svolgeranno, come negli anni scorsi, al bar, nelle case, in campagna.

In this clip, some images of films that will be screened at the next edition of terre di confine filmfestival: short Lux Aeterna and feature film El Silencio del Río, both by Carlos Tribiño Mamby, Colombian director and screenwriter who won numerous awards in international festivals, like the FEBIOFEST in Prague and the Colombian Film Festival in New York.

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A 48-hour Finnish, classic-to-contemporary film marathon kicked off on November 24 at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia. In the framework of celebrations for the centennial of Finnish independence, Tallinn is now the stage of the special tour dedicated to cinema, “Finland 100 Years – Through the Eyes of Cinema”, a selection of Finnish cult films curated by the Midnight Sun Film Festival. Thanks to the collaboration with the Tallinn Film Festival director, Tiina Lokk-Tramberg, the staff of the Midnight Sun Film Festival was also able to organize a full immersion into Finnish atmospheres with a mobile sauna, a Finnish Underground Bar, live music with Poutahaukat (the band playing in Aki Kaurismäki's The other side of hope), karaoke and dance sessions with old Finnish hits, such as Sixties tangos.

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