Milan celebrates 21st FilmFestival

8-18 Sept. Three Italian premieres and 55 shorts.

The city’s appointment with leading-edge cinema opens on Thursday 8 September for the 21st edition.

Milano Filmfestival entries in the international features section include political action movie Gulîstan, terre de roses by Zaynê Akyol, an intimate portrait of the Kurdish female guerrillas of the PKK, Under the Shadow by Babak Anvari, a thriller from post Cultural Revolution Iran, and the musical The Lure by Agnieszka Smoczyńska, an eros-horror-fairy tale-like interpretation of “The Little Mermaid”, as well as the black comedy Radio Dreams by Babak Jalali, an imaginary encounter between East and West.

Among entries in the short films competition, which will see 55 shorts from 30 countries, will be the migrant journey to the Veneto of an Italian who lived in Libya of The Fourth Day of School, an essay on how growing old will mean reckoning with a disease that erases the memory, in Yesterday It Wasn’t Too Bad, Mr. Schürmann. Animation also follows the paths marked out by history: that of yesterday, like the meditations of Glove originating from a glove lost in space by the astronaut Edward White, and timeless history, with the surreal portrait of a community in a post-nuclear scenario in Things Used To Be Hidden.

The festival jury will also award the second Nastro Azzurro Video Talent Award, the major Italian prize promoting the talent of filmmakers experimenting in digital media for the audiovisual industry.

Screenings this year will be held in the Base cultural pole in Via Bergognone 34, with its open-air arena, in the nearby Mudec Museum of Cultures, the Cineteca Spazio Oberdan in Viale Vittorio Veneto 2, and at MI MAT, the new centre for young artists in Via Morozzo della Rocca, 12 in the city centre.

A single seat costs €7, €8 for the animated films marathon on 12 September, or €5 for afternoon screenings (free at Mudec for card holders, including a visit to the museum’s permanent collection). The MFF Card at €20 (students €10) guarantees a 50 per cent discount on entry prices for the entire festival.

A full day-by-day programme of the screenings with times and locations is on the festival website.