The 17TH edition of the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival will be taking place this year from October 31st to November 5th in a new, prestigious location, the Politeama Rossetti, as well as in the well tested Teatro Miela and Cinema Ariston.
Founded in Trieste in the year 2000, the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival inherited the tradition of the Trieste International Science Fiction Festival (1963-1982) and is the most important Italian event with a focus on science-fiction and fantasy in cinema, TV and the new media, and literature, science, workshops, forums, comics, music and photography are also part of the extended festival programme.
The festival’s official selection presents national, international and world premiéres, across three international competition sections where filmmakers from all over the world compete for the following awards: the Asteroide Award for the best feature film and the two Méliès d’Argent Awards, in collaboration with the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation, going to the best European fantastic genre feature film and short film.
FANTABOLLANI and the 21st Golden Méliès Ceremony
On the night of November 3rd the 21st Golden Méliès Ceremony will take place and the Méliès d’or by the EFFFF will be awarded. The event will be made memorable by Stefano Bollani’s film music concert “FantaBollani”, a special program of classic films and surprise clips from the great European fantastic movies of the past.
The opening film of the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival 17th edition is the Italian premiére of Marjorie Prime by Michael Almereyda. Based on the acclaimed Pulitzer nominated stage play by Jordan Harrison, Marjorie Prime is a profound and touching story about memory, identity, love and loss in the age of artificial intelligence. Almereyda’s futuristic chamber drama is wonderfully played by an amazing cast including Lois Smith, Jon Hamm, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins. Marjorie Prime premiéred in January at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Sloan Feature Film Prize for the best movies with a focus on science and technology.
The Trieste Science+Fiction Festival programme is a privileged platform in Italy to access the best international fantastic movies. The NEON section includes movies from 14 different countries: the USA, Japan, France, Canada, Germany, Kenya, Russia, the UK, Finland, Hungary, Spain, Australia, Poland and Italy.
FILMS IN COMPETITION
The Trieste Science+Fiction Festival NEON section includes the following Italian prémieres in competition: Alone (Seuls), by David Moreau, an adaptation of the very popular series of graphic novels by Bruno Gazzotti about five young boys trying to survive in a world where everyone seems to have disappeared (distributed by Draka Distribution); Beyond Skyline, by Liam O’Donnell, author of the acclaimed Skyline, a science-fiction story featuring Frank Grillo, aliens, spaceships, martial arts and a ton of special effects realized by the multiawarded Hydraulx company; Cold Skin, by Xavier Gens, a Lovecraft inspired story of loneliness and alienation at the border with the South Pole during World War II; Hostile, by Mathieu Turi, a post-apocalyptic nightmare with a romantic touch all about heroic Juliette facing hunger, thirst, a broken leg and strange disturbing creatures creeping out in the night (distributed by Twelve Entertainment); It Came From the Desert, byi Marko Mäkilaakso, an unmissable tribute to the dear old B-movies of the ‘50s with lots of action and lots of monsters, inspired by the Eighties cinemaware videogame (distributed by Minerva Pictures); Kati Kati, by Kenian director Mbithi Masya, a fascineting fable about life and death set in a tourist resort and its bizarre residents; Loop (Hurok) by Isti Madarász, a new Sliding Doors from Hungary about the complicated effects our decisions may have on time;
Rememory, by Mark Palansky, about the meanders of memory and how the latter shapes the present, a science-fiction noir drenched in mistery and graced by an amazing Peter Dinklage and by the Anton “Chekov” Yelkin’s last performance; Replace, by Norbert Keil, about young and beautiful Kira suffering from a skin condition and discovering that she can replace her skin with that of other girls, although with horrific consequences; Salyut-7, by Klim Shipenko, about the Soviet space station Salyut 7, an extraordinary space opera on one of the most incredible ventures in the history of space missions; The Man With The Magic Box, a bizarre sci-fi love story un’originale love story sci-fi by Polish director Bodo Kox set in Warsaw in 2030; Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child, by Shane Abbess, author of the famous Infini, a sci-fi adventure featuring Kellan Lutz, here in the role of a escaped prisoner joining a former war hero to help him rescue his young daughter (distributed by Eagle Pictures); Zombillenium, by Arthur De Pins and Alexis Ducord, from the Cannes festival, a funny French animation movie for young and old about a very different horror playground: here, monsters are real and they are in a lot of trouble, too.
In competition for the Méliès d’argent: Alone, Cold Skin, Hostile, It Came from the Desert, Loop, The Man with the Magic Box, Replace, Zombillenium.
In competition for the Asteroide award: Beyond Skyline, Hostile, It Came from the Desert, Kati Kati, Rememory, Replace, Scien
FILMS OUT OF COMPETITION
Out of competion from Japan, two new much anticipated movies: Before We Vanish, by the acclaimed director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, author of Tokyo Sonata and Retribution, who revisits ’50 science-fiction in a profoundly human story of love and mistery with three aliens as the lead characters and Blade of the Immortal, the new epic by the cult Japanese director Takashi Miike, in which samurai Manji engages in spectacular fight scenes with incredible weapons, based on the famous manga by Hiroaki Samura. Trieste Science+Fiction Festival presents three US films already on the way to becoming cult movies: Bushwick, by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott, a breathtaking action movie shot in one single long take, where a future too ominously close to our present is imagined; Mayhem, by Joe Lynch, 86 minutes of pure adrenaline about a virus which makes people loose all inhibitions infecting managers and employees of an American legal firm who can now act out their worst impulses; The Endless, by American directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, back in Trieste five years after their acclaimed Resolution with a story of brotherhood, family, spirituality, and the importance of rebellon and non-conformity. Finally, Veronica, by Paco Plaza, creator of the acclaimed horror series [Rec], based on the only Spanish police case declared unexplainable and supernatural which to this day remains unsolved.
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Trieste Science+Fiction Festival is organised by the Centre for Cinema and Audiovisual Experimentation La Cappella Underground with the collaboration and the support of: MiBACT – Direzione Generale Cinema, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia – Assessorato alla Cultura, Sport e Solidarietà, PromoTurismo FVG, Comune di Trieste – Assessorato alla Cultura, Fondazione CRTrieste, Teatro Stabile del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Fondazione Teatro Lirico “Giuseppe Verdi”, Fondazione Benefica Kathleen Foreman Casali, Università degli Studi di Trieste, ARPA FVG – LaREA.
The event has the patronage of the main scientific institutes of the territory: AREA Science Park, ICGEB, ICTP, INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, IS Immaginario Scientifico – Science Centre, SISSA, Università Popolare di Trieste.