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The XI edition of terre di confine filmfestival will be dedicated to, or rather inspired by, the river. A concept of liquid and branched boundary, and as such not only a boundary, rather a means of communication, a meeting point of cultures, traditions, species, ideas, knowledge, goods and peoples. The river as a basic geographic feature involving experiences of different and distant places. The river as a border, limit, separation and at the same time, paradoxically, an absence of borders, for good or bad. The river made of water, and therefore of life and magic.

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Photo: Sardinian director Marco Antonio Pani (reproduced courtesy of SardiniaPost 2017)

The XI edition (2017-2018) of terre di confine filmfestival has been awarded a grant by the Sardinia Region under the "Contributions to the Promotion of Film Culture - Festival" (see the recently published list of funded projects).

The festival program will be online soon, complete with dates, locations, films, guests and collateral events. As already announced, the guest country this year is Colombia, and the artistic director is Marco Antonio Pani.

Born in Sassari and currently living in Cagliari, active since 1992, Marco Antonio Pani is a director, screenwriter, editor and film-making professor. His poetry combines an historical and ethnographic interest in Sardinian culture with contemporary languages and themes. In 2016 his "ethno-geo-surreal" short Maialetto della Nurra (Nurra's Pig) won the technical jury award and the FICC audience award at the Sardinia Film Festival. 

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(courtesy Sergio Bonelli editor, 'Mister No' December 1977, number 30-31, A. Castelli (subj. & scen.) – F. Bignotti (draw.); intervention by terre di confine filmfestival).

Hernán Méndez Alonso, actor of cinema, theater and television, is one of the protagonists of "El silencio del rio" (Colombia, 2015), first feature film directed by Carlos Tribiño Mamby. Awarded at European and South American festivals, the film will be premiered at the next edition (XI) of terre di confine filmfestival in the presence of the director.

In this interview held in January 2017, Hernán Méndez Alonso explains how, becoming an actor, he was allowed to pursue a path of socio-anthropological investigation. The implementation of different perspectives and the impersonation of different human beings is combined with the pleasure of acting. Art as a source of knowledge, the clearest path to keep in touch with life.

Born in Bogota in 1956, in the neighbourhood of La Candelaria, Hernán Méndez Alonso started sociology studies, later abandoned to enrol in Escuela Distrital de Teatro de Bogotá and then in Escuela Nacional de Arte Dramático. In 1985, with other 40 actors, he was selected to form the first Colombian "Compañía Nacional de Teatro" directed by Paco Barrero. He played Moliere, Dostoevsky, Tennessee Williams, Fernando Arrabal and Shakespeare; he participated in many tv productions. In cinema, he was directed by Jorge Ali Triana, Pawel Noviski, Juan C. Moyano, Fernando Paut, Hector Naranjo, Andi Baiz, Paco Barrero and Rubén Mendoza (whose short 'La Cerca' was selected at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003 ).

The interview, edited by our team, was originally published on youtube by Nelson David Rodriguez Tequia.

 

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