The Garigliano plant in Gianfranco Pannone's film 'Scorie in liberty'
The new cinema is green. And social. From 4 to 6 July, in Rome at the Casa del Cinema, the first edition of the Green Movie Film Fest. Three evenings with free admission to tell the story of the encounter between cinema, the environment and the social world, proposing the values of sustainability. The programming has seen some of the most interesting works in the sector that have recently established themselves in prestigious national and international festivals.
The opening night, Wednesday 4 July, began with the screening of Fireworks, directed by Giacomo Abbruzzese, a short film selected in the five finalists for the 2012 Silver Ribbons that tells the story of an international environmental group that decides to blow up the largest and most polluting European steel industry in Taranto; the opening night continues with the docu-film If a tree falls: a story of the Earth Liberation Front, by the American director Marshall Curry, a work already awarded at the Sundance film festival 2011 and nominated for the 2012 Oscar as best documentary, which traces the history of the ELF (Earth Liberation Front), a protest movement for the protection of the United States in 1977 and accused of eco-terrorism.
The program for Thursday 5 July was also rich, which began with the screening of The Well, Water Voices from Ethiopia, directed by Paolo Barberi and Riccardo Russo, who received the Legambiente Special Mention at the 2012 Cinemambiente Festival in Turin. The documentary follows the daily events of the Borana community of shepherds in southern Ethiopia, showing the extraordinary abilities of this population in maintaining the delicate balance between man and nature, managing water as the good of all in one of the driest regions of the inhabited land. Immediately after Waste in freedom, written and directed by Gianfranco Pannone, a “film-diary”, produced by Effetto Notte, in association with Blue Film and First Life, in which the director tells the story of nuclear power in Latina.
The exhibition, with the artistic direction of Marino Midena, closes today, Friday 6 July, with three works of great interest: Thalassa, directed by Gianluca Agati, a short documentary on the crisis of traditional fishing and its consequences, linked to industrial development and technological escalation applied to fishing, through the testimonies of Syracusan fishermen; following The dead of Alos, directed by Daniele Atzeni, selected at the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, a mockumentary that tells, through the voice of the only survivor Antonio Gairo, the events of an imaginary country, Alos, whose inhabitants, at the end of the years '50, they meet their fateful fate. At the end of the evening, the feature film The extent of the border, by Andrea Papini, a sort of “environmental detective story” shot almost exclusively in a refuge among the alpine snows of Monte Rosa.
The GMFF, promoted by Pentapolis, “Was created to raise awareness among the general public - said the president Massimiliano Pontillo - on environmental issues and to involve the production chain, including filmmakers, producers and distributors, in zero impact practices. In this sense, we are activating programmatic agreements with the major players in the sector ". The review is twinned with the Fringe Festival in Rome (theater) and the Glocal Sounds in Turin (music), for the dissemination of sustainability in the various artistic events.
Edited byMichele Ciceri