An immersive experience inside a monastery in the Italian hills, in a community of Christian monks, former martial arts champions, between night prayers and exhausting trainings.
With this exciting journey into an unknown world proposed by Faith (Italy, 2020) by Valentina Pedicini, Biografilm opens the 2020 edition of the Biografilm Festival in Bologna, which reaches its sixteenth edition this year and which due to the emergency will become online from Friday 5 to Monday 15 June 2020, offering large biographies and cinematographic life stories.
Then there will be ideas to deepen the characteristics and functioning of power and political leadership, first of all with the Italian preview of Dan Partland’s #Unfit – The Psychology of Donald J. Trump (United States, 2020), a revealing analysis of the the behavior, psyche and mental state of President Trump and his supporters.
Biografilm 2020 also wants to address the great issue of the human relationship with one’s body, with the image and perception of it and the creative possibilities that arise from it. A powerful and inspiring perspective is offered by Francesco Cannavà’s documentary Because of My Body (Italy, 2020) on the life of Claudia, a 20 year old with a serious motor disability who can finally explore sexual pleasure thanks to Marco, a Love Giver who, according to a experimental protocol in the margins of legality, assists it in a path with evident emotional and relational difficulties.
A further guiding thread within the program will be the observation of some daily and extraordinary life stories in China, to learn singular experiences in a distant reality of which we tend to have monolithic and superficial images. A first title that addresses this theme is Dandan Liu’s Half Dream (Germany, 2020), an international preview documentary on three former Chinese art students and their deep need for individual expression and creativity in a moment of economic and social upheaval in which art is slowly losing importance.
Among the great biographies to which the festival has always dedicated itself, Margaret Atwood – A Word after a Word after a Word is Power (Canada, 2019) by Nancy Lang and Peter Raymont will be presented in Italian preview, an all-round story of life of the well-known poet and writer, from literary production to engagements all over the world, from the visit on the set of The Handmaid’s Tale to family holidays.
Due to the ongoing health crisis that determines the closure of cinemas, Biografilm festival moves online keeping its original dates, to offer the public quality content, the possibility of deepening and meeting with life stories that can be a source of inspiration , comparison and individual growth, even in current circumstances.
The films will be available in the original language with Italian subtitles, free of charge, from the Italian territory.
In addition to the screenings, video interviews will be proposed with the authors of the films to deepen their cinematographic path and the topics covered.