THREE MORE ATTRACTIVE FILMS FROM CANNES TO BE SHOWN AT MOTOVUN FILM FESTIVAL

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The moment the pandemic was over, film festivals burst with new great films. Motovun Film Festival (26–30 July) is also part of this high-quality vintage, screening a large number of films awarded at prestigious festivals. Now, three more attractive films from Cannes, selected by our programmers, have been added to the already impressive lineup.

Holy Spider, a film by Iranian filmmaker Ali Abbasi, is coming with Best Actress (Zar Amir Ibrahimi) under its belt. This thrilling detective story follows Rahimi, a journalist arriving in the holy city of Mashhad to investigate the murders committed by a serial killer convinced that he is an instrument of God. Based on a true story about the murders of 16 women, the film bravely criticizes the society in which cruel vigilantism is commonplace.

Another of this year’s gems is War Pony by Gina Gammel and Riley Keough (Elvis Presley’s oldest daughter), the winner of Best Debutant in Un Certain Regard section in Cannes. The film follows the interlocking stories of two Lakota boys growing up in a South Dakota reservation. Non-professional actors who are also members of the tribe and use their authentic language have outstanding performances in this film that takes us to a rarely seen corner of America.

Mario Martone’s Nostalgia, that premiered in the main program of Cannes Film Festival, takes place in Naples. Felice Lasco returns to the city after forty years. His desire to reconnect with his past takes him to a dangerous territory. Learning that his childhood best friend has become one of the most feared men of the Camorra does not discourage him.

The already announced films from the main program include the powerful spy thriller Boy from Heaven by Tarik Saleh, the winner of Best Script in Cannes. A fisherman’s son is offered the ultimate privilege to study at an acclaimed university in Cairo, but he soon becomes a pawn in a ruthless power struggle between Eqypt’s religious and political elites. Girl Picture, an ode to female friendship, comes from Sundance, where it won Best Film Audience Award. This film by Finnish filmmaker Alli Haapasalo follows three girls whose worlds turn upside down when they meet.

Films awarded at Berlinale are also in the program. Robe of Gems, the feature debut by Mexican–Bolivian filmmaker Natalia López Gallardo that tells us about three women in an uneven battle against Mexican underworld, won a Silver Bear for Directing. The film Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush also focuses on a woman’s fight. It won Best Script and Best Lead Role (Meltem Kaptan) at Berlinale. Andreas Dresen, one of Germany’s most acclaimed modern filmmakers, tells a true story about a woman who rescues her son from Guantanamo prison.

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