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Special guest Stephen Frears at the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema 2018



Stephen Frears has earned two Oscar nominations as Best Director, the first one in 1991 for The Grifters and the second for one for The Queen (2007). Lucca Film Festival will pay tribute to the British Director with a wide range of events celebrating his career as it has done in past editions for other Masters of the Seventh Art such as Oliver Stone, David Lynch, George Romero, Terry Gilliam, Peter Greenaway and Abel Ferrara to name a few.

“In his films, Frears has been able to narrate the most compelling reality and, before anyone else, has brought the issues of interracial love, haphazard hypocrisy and the virtues and faults of contemporary monarchy to the big screen. This, always with great pragmatism and showing tremendous respect for the screenplay,” explained the organizers of the Film Festival; this is one of the key events of the events organized and supported by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca.

The career of the eclectic and cynical British Film Director will be retraced by screening some of his most iconic works such as Dangerous Liaisons (1998), High Fidelity (2000) and his latest Florence Foster Jenkins (2016). Stephen Frears’ participation in the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema 2018 will culminate with a masterclass in which he will answer questions from the audience and meet students.


General Program LFFEC
This year marks the 3rd Edition of the International Feature Film Contest with 14 italian premieres from all over the world competing for the final award. As in past editions, the 2018 Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema will be enriched by Hors-Concours Premiers, by the well-established International Short Film Competition and by “Effetto Cinema Notte” – Day for Night series of live events.

Two exhibitions curated by Alessandro Romanini are at the heart of this year’s program. The exhibit In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu) is produced by the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome and will be hosted at the Palazzo Ducale in Lucca (17 March-21 April 2018). After last year’s tribute to Federico Fellini and The Journey of G. Mastorna hosted at the GAMC in Viareggio, in 2018 students of the Department of Stage Design headed by Francesco Frigeri will delve into Marcel Proust’s Recherche. By drafting a series of tables and sketches, students have recreated the atmosphere of the film Luchino Visconti imagined but never realized. The Recherche storyboards are permeated by the Parisian bohemian spirit so typical of early 1900s French art, by the glamorous ambiance of the cafes and of the dining room of the Grand Hotel Balbec, by the bakeries and inspired by sunny squares like Place des Vosges and by Les Invalides metro station.


The second exhibition curated by Romanini “Close up on Art. Behind the scenes of SKY's artistic productions” will be on display at the Fondazione Ragghianti in Lucca (22 March – 23 April 2018). Over 40 photographs will illustrate the "Dream Creator Machine" in every aspect from the sets, actors in various stages of production, technicians at work and directors of Photography to the Cinecittà studios, the set design preparation and realization, the designing and making of costumes and, finally, processes related to the new "immersive" 3D illustrated technologies. The exhibit showcases photographs of the works of Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Raphael taken in the Vatican Museums, breathtaking aerial images of the Roman basilicas captured on film for the first time thanks to the permits granted by the Vatican and photos of Uffizi Gallery in Florence, to name a few.

The main sponsors of the event are Banca Generali and Banca Pictet, whereas the exhibits are produced with the support of Banca Societe Generale. The organization of the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema is also made possible thanks to the funds made available by Funder35 and enjoys the support of Gesam Gas & Luce S.p.A Istituto Luce Cinecittà S.r.l., Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, Lucar S.p.A, Alleanza Assicurazioni S.p.A, Luccaorganizza, Il Ciocco S.p.A, MiBACT (the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism), the Region of Tuscany, the City of Lucca, the City of Viareggio, the Province of Lucca with the collaboration and co-production of the Giglio Theatre in Lucca, Fondazione Giacomo Puccini e Puccini Museum – Casa Natale, Fondazione Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Martinelli Luce, CG Entertainment, Fondazione Centro Arti Visive e Fondazione UIBI. Thanks also to Lucca Comics & Games, Trenitalia Regional Management, Unicoop Firenze and to the Degree Course in Performing Arts and Civilization Department of Communication and Forms of Knowledge at the University of Pisa and Photolux Festival for their collaboration.
The Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema is an annual event that celebrates and promotes cinematic culture. The Festival is able to engage an ever-growing public through screenings, exhibitions, conferences and performances, which range from mainstream to experimental cinema. Throughout its history, Lucca Film Festival has excelled thanks to its ambitious and well-researched programming. The Festival has paid tribute to celebrated figures in the cinema world while at the same time rediscovering other notable names and identifying up-and-coming talents. The beautiful cities of Lucca and Viareggio contribute to the Festival’s appeal, serving as the stunning backdrop to an event that has become a much awaited and not-to-be-missed happening in Italy and Europe.


Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema
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Press Office Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema:
PS Comunicazione: Antonio Pirozzi (+393395238132) and Martina Angeli; www.pscomunicazione.it
English translation: Tessa Wiechmann

Press Office for Exhibitions:
Davis and Co. Lea Codognato e Caterina Briganti; +390552347273; info@davisandco.it | www.davisandco.it

Communication and External Relations Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca:
Marcello Petrozziello e Andrea Salani (+390583472627 - +393406550425) comunicazione@fondazionecarilucc ...

News Release: Special guest Stephen Frears at the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema 2018
Submitted on: February 23, 2018 03:49:22 PM
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