Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema 2017 edition wraps up. Tim Burton on the horizon for 2018


Great success of the event Effetto Cinema NotteDay for Night.

The Best Set Design Prize goes to Orti di via Elisa for Alice in Wonderland and Kreativa Teatro wins the Best Performance Prize for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Lucca, 27 April 2017 – The 2017 edition of Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema wraps up with a great audience success, over 130 films screened, 20 guests, two exhibitions and four film masterclasses with international guest stars Oliver Stone, Willem Dafoe, Valeria Golino and Sergio Castellito. The Festival closed with a bang thanks to Effetto Cinema Notte – Day for Night, one of the main scheduled events, which brought people of all ages to walk around Lucca city center to take in the performances put on by 42 businesses involved in the project. Although the Festival has just finished, “we are already working on securing the next international film guest and on the cinematic project for 2018, a tribute to Tim Burton, the American director, screenwriter, film producer, writer, animator and designer”, stated one of the organizers.

Effetto Cinema Notte – Day for Night Event

The new Jury created to evaluate the commitment and results of participants in the two new Effetto Cinema Notte competitions was composed by journalists of Il Tirreno, LoSchermo, La Nazione, La Gazzetta di Lucca, Notepress, VersiliaToday, LuccainDiretta and by Flavia Piccinni. With the support of Baldini Vernici, the Jury awarded the Effetto Cinema Notte Best Set Design Prize to the restaurant “Orti di via Elisa” for its staging of Alice in Wonderland. The Best Performance Prize instead went to “Kreativa Teatro” for their staging of Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown, this award supported by Lions Club Lucca Le Mura. Finally, the newly born superhero PlasmaMan was other undisputed winner of Effetto Cinema Notte 201. Created by the Lucca Film Festival together with the Italian National Blood Donor Association Fratres, the goal is to raise awareness about blood donation through an innovative campaign; and before returning to the 2018 Lucca Film Festival, PlasmaMan will touring all of Italy as a testimonial.

The Winners at Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema

Director Anocha Suwichakornpong won the Best Film Prize (3,000 Euro value) of the 2017 Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema International Feature Film Contest with Dao Khanong – By the time it gets dark, a reflection on the tragic and bloody repression of the Thai student protest in 1976. The Professional Jury formed by Cristi Puiu, Angela Baraldi and Pietro Reggiani, also awarded a special mention for Best Photography to the film Dayveon directed by Amman Abbasi. The first Jury of University Students awarded the newly created Best European Film prize to Butterfly Kisses directed by Rafael Kapelinski, which also received the honorary mention of the Popular Jury, organized for the first time in 2017 thanks to collaboration with the Circolo del Cinema di Lucca e Cineforum Ezechiele 25,17.

The Jury of the long-standing International Short Film Contest made up by Cristina Picchi, Claudio Capanna and Cristina Grosanè, this year awarded the Best Short Film Prize to Death in a Day by director Lin Wang and a special mention to Movements Arising from Different Relationships / Between Regularity and Irregularity II by Masahiro Tsutani.

“Thanks to the Film Festival, Lucca and Viareggio have become true citadels of filmmaking, with international guests who fall in love with our territory and become true testimonials of our Province in the world,” stated Marcello Bertocchini of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca.

“The Lucca Film Festival is the classic example of a cultural enterprise that promotes the territory thanks to the magic of the Cinema,” added Paolo Tacchi of Banca Generali Private Banking, one of the main sponsors of the event.

According to Giambattista Chiarelli of Banca Pictet, “Private and public funding have proven that even in Italy a group of young people can organize an international film festival in a territory like Lucca, which besides having a deeply rooted musical vocation, the tradition of the Carnival of Viareggio and hosting the world re-known event Lucca Comics and Game, can now boast excellence in the photographic field with Pholtolux Festival and in the world of Cinema thanks to the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema that just ended”.

The Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema directed by Nicola Borrelli, is one of the key events organized 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 Société Générale. 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 SpA, Istituto Luce Cinecittà S.r.l., Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, Lucar Spa, Lions Club Lucca Le Mura, 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 Consociazione Nazionale donatori di sangue Fratres, Fondazione Giacomo Puccini e Puccini Museum – Casa Natale, Fondazione Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, Fondazione Mario Tobino, 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, Light It Up Blue – Lucca and App18 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.

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