Trento Film Festival, special edition
The sixty-eighth edition of the Trento Film Festival had to be postponed in the spring, due to the COVID-19 emergency. It will now take place from 27 August to 2 September, but most events will be outside the city, and so in various other towns in the Province of Trento. The UNESCO Dolomites Foundation will be collaborating with the organisers again this year, awarding the Special Prize and helping stage two equally special evenings.
Two evenings with the UNESCO Dolomites
The UNESCO Dolomites Foundation will be helping to organise two events. On Saturday 29 August at 7:00 p.m., in the MUSE garden: “We are all in the same boat. The world as seen by Alex Bellini”. The explorer will be interviewed by Federico Taddia and will talk (among other things) about “10 Rivers 1 Ocean”, a project that is currently taking him all over the world. Bellini has moved his focus from inner reflection and exploring his limits, to a greater emphasis on the natural world. On Sunday 30 August, at 9:00 p.m., at the PalaDolomites di Campestrin theatre: “I’m not alone, I’m with the mountains”, an evening in memory of Tom Ballard. Participants will include Stefania Pederiva, Manolo, Riccarda de Eccher, Margherita Berlanda, and film directors Elena Goatelli and Angel Esteban, while Fausta Slanzi will act as moderator. Finally, once again this year, the UNESCO Dolomites Special Prize will be awarded to the work that best represents the values of the recognition granted to the Dolomites and other World Heritage Sites.
Starting again in a different way
Almost one hundred films have been chosen for the programme, from over 600 submitted, including 26 receiving their world première and 37 their Italian première. All these will be screened for the general public and festival guests, but will also be streamed throughout Italy – available for 7 days with a maximum of 500 viewings.
The president of the Trento Film Festival, Mauro Leveghi, commented on the current situation: “This year’s edition of the festival will be special: the Coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives, making us go back to basics and examine the important things we may have taken for granted in the past, such as freedom of movement and social relationships. Of course, we’ll talk about this at the festival; starting with our official poster and its image of a damaged forest, which we hope will prompt people to reflect on the need for real change. Because after living through this terrible emergency – which is still not over and could easily recur – we need to begin a new phase in our lives, and set ourselves certain limits. During this time of crisis, scientists have drawn attention to possible connections between pandemics and deforestation and habitat loss.”