Lucca Film Festival – Europa Cinema 2019
The screening will be a performative event that will guide the film through red carpets and surprises
The Italian premiere of The Curse of La Llorona by Michael Chaves, starring Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velásquez and Marisol Ramirez, will be one of the special events of the 2019 edition of the Lucca Film Festival & Europa Cinema, taking place from 13th to 21st April in Lucca and Viareggio. The film will be released in Italy on 17th April by Warner Bros.
The film will be screened on 13th April at the Cinema Astra (Piazza del Giglio 7, Lucca) in Anteprime (Previews), the section of spectacular films in Italian premiere. It is not going to be a simple screening, but a real performative event starting from the red carpet – set up for the occasion in an immersive way: audio effects, projections and play of light in a horror atmosphere – and leading the spectator right into the cinema, where there will be “surprise events involving the audience, ranging from unexpected visits to appearances.” “The premiere of a Warner Bros film – said Nicola Borrelli, President of the Festival – is an important event for us, since it confirms the international nature of the festival. Moreover, it allows us to organize a special presentation, perfectly in line with the spirit of the festival, where the spectator will be completely immersed in the film’s universe.”
In the film, set in the 70s in Los Angeles, the protagonist is La Llorona, a woman who wanders into the night in search of children. A social worker does not take seriously the unsettling warning of a mother, suspected of having assaulted her children. Soon, the mother, along with her kids, will be sucked in a terrifying supernatural world. The only hope to survive to the deadly rage of La Llorona could be a disillusioned priest and his mystical practice to drive evil away, in which fear meets faith. Beware his chilling moan… she will not stop in front of anything in order to draw you into the darkness. Because there is no peace for her anguish, there is no mercy for her soul. No one can escape the curse of La Llorona.
The Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema directed by Nicola Borrelli, is one of the key events organised and sponsored by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca. 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 organisation of the Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema has the support of the Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, Lucar S.p.A, ICare, Wella, Martinelli Luce, Lions Club Lucca Le Mura, Luccaorganizza, Il Ciocco S.p.A, Cantina Campo alle Comete, MiBACT (the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism), the Region of Tuscany, Fondazione Sistema Toscana, the City of Lucca, the City of Viareggio with the collaboration and co-production of the Province di Lucca, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Italia Giglio Theatre in Lucca, Fondazione Giacomo Puccini e Puccini Museum – Casa Natale, Fondazione Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, Fondazione UIBI, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara, CNA Cinema e Audiovisivo Toscana, Istituto Luigi Boccherini and Liceo Artistico Musicale e Coreutico Augusto Passaglia. We also thank for their collaboration Lucca Comics & Games, Trenitalia Regional Management, Unicoop Firenze and to the Degree Course in Performing Arts and Communication belonging to the Department of Civilization and Forms of Knowledge at the University of Pisa and Photolux Festival.
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.