The Salento International Film Festival (SIFF) is a celebration of films and filmmakers, promotes international independent cinema in recognition of the fact that movies are the most powerful form of cultural communication and link between cultures and peoples. Founded in 2004 by Luigi Campanile, the Salento International Film Festival emerged as a major cultural event and one of the top film festival in Southern Italy.
The 5-day Hong Kong event, from April 30 through May 4, will bring a selection of the best films from the Salento International Film Festival. 7 Films from different countries: 4 Italian/Asian Premieres: the drama “What is Left” by First Time Director Laszlo Barbo, about the terrible moments of the huge Earthquake that on the 28th December 1908 destroyed the city of Reggio Calabria; the bitter comedy that revolves around a 40-year old man in crisis “Diary of a Respectable Lunatic” by a First Time Director Michele Picchi; a comedy by Luca Miniero who jokes about the differences between north and south in Italy “A Godfather in the Living Room”; the splendid “White Shoe”- a 23 min. short-film directed by Mauro Borrelli Inspired by Salvatore Ferragamo´s early life. To complete the showcase we have the pleasure to present two Chinese Asian Premieres and one Spanish Premiere: heart-wrenching, uplifting and moving the Chinese film “Nai River”, from the First Time Director Bin Luo, is a two-hour emotional roller coaster that guarantees you will shed a few tears as you marvel at the cast’s memorable performances and poetic scenery of China. Nai River is a powerful film that will stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre. The Door God- a family drama short film by Yulin Liu; the Spanish comedy “Love Struck” by First Time Director Mikel Aguirresarobe will conclude the program.
Wednesday April 30 (Opening film)
19:50 WHAT IS LEFT | QUEL CHE RESTA by Laszlo Barbo | Italy 2012 | Drama - 99 min. (Asian Premiere)
Loosely based on the novel “ Memories of an unburied” by Michele Colauti and the “The Barracks” by Fortunato Seminara. “What Is Left” retraces the terrible moments of the huge Earthquake that on the 28th December 1908 destroyed the cities of Reggio Calabria and Messina in only 30 seconds. The movie tells the interviewing stories of the survivors, forced to live in the shanty towns.
Winner Best Film and Best Soundtrack at the 10th Annual Salento International Film Festival 2013
Thursday May 1st
19:40 DIARY OF A RESPECTABLE LUNATIC | DIARIO DI UN MANIACO PERBENE by Michele Picchi | Italy 2013 | Comedy 87 min | Asian Premiere)
The 40 year-old Lupo is an ironic painter in the doldrums, who with his reassuring manners manages to hide his torments to everyone. Kind, sarcastic and with a sweet nature, Lupo is surrounded by some strange characters who worsen his situation. Among them there is an art dealer pretending to be a cursed artist; his ex girlfriend still behaving as if she is still with him; the girl met on facebook; and the young nun who he is courting with the excuse of his religious insecurities.
Friday May 2nd
19:40 LOVE STRUCK by Mikel Aguirresarobe | Spain 2012 | Comedy 98 min (Asian Prem.)
Ángel Peláez is very jealous man. Ever since he lost his arm in an accident and with the arm his job as a waiter in the Ritz Hotel, he imagines the whole day that Reme, his wife, betrays him with most of the men she gets in contact with.
Winner Best Actor JAVIER VEGA at the 10 Annual Salento International Film Festival 2013
Saturday May 3rd
19:40 A BOSS IN THE LIVING ROOM | UN BOSS IN SALOTTO by Luca Miniero | Italy 2013 | Comedy 90 min |
Asian Premi Cristina is an energetic woman from Southern Italy, now transplanted to a small town in the North, where she has at last been able to make a life for herself and her picture-perfect family, including her husband Michele and their two over-achieving offspring. One morning, Cristina is called to police headquarters, where she is stunned to find that her brother Ciro whom she has not seen nor heard from in fifteen years, is implicated in the trial of several members of the Neapolitan mafia. To top it off, Ciro wants to spend his time under house arrest with her! Although it is against her better judgment, Cristina feels she has no choice but to accept. From that moment on, all her plans and her family’s well-ordered routines are at the mercy of Uncle Ciro, who suddenly invades their lives with his tattoos, gold chains, lazy habits and thuggish manners. A Godfather in the Living Room is a family comedy filled with laughs but also offering poignant insight into the criminal underworld, about life in general and, in particular, about families, which, however imperfect, often turn out to be our greatest sources for true human warmth.
Sunday May 4
15:00 WHITE SHOE by Mauro Borrelli | USA 2013 | Fantasy – 22 min. (Asian Premiere)
Inspired by Salvatore Ferragamo ´s early life and the aesthetics and symbolism of German Expressionist cinema of the 1920s, Mauro Borrelli has created White Shoe, a 22 minute animated short film where a true story meets elements of magic and fantasy. Salvatore, a gifted young cobbler, defies his mean boss, Mastro Tomaia. He follows his dream by creating a pair of shoes for Biancarosa, the little girl who conquers his heart.
DOOR GOD by Yulin Liu | China 2013 | Family drama – 23 min. (Asian Premiere)
A 7 year old girl, Lingli, has been waiting two years for her mother to come home. When her family finally puts up the Door God on Chinese New Year, her mother finally returns, but brings irreversible change to Lingli and her family. This is a story about how Lingli loses her childhood innocence, and how she faces those she loves most and her life after heartbreak.
16:00 NAI RIVER by Bin Luo | China 2013 | Drama 98 min. (Asian Premiere) DCP
In ancient Chinese tales, the Nai River is where the living world is divided from that of the dead. All deceased people must cross it to start another cycle of life. As long as one does not cross it, there is still hope of rebirth. On the way to school with his mother, Qiang had a car accident and became an invalid. The abandoned baby Xin had a serious brain tumor. It was inoperable, so he was abandoned to die. He was sent to a hospice care center for babies, where he was loved by kind-hearted people. Ying, a rebellious country girl, left the city where she worked and returned home. Together with her father and younger brother Xiaoxia, she began to lead a simple life. Sometimes, the continuation of life is not contingent on the success of crossing Nai River, but on whether we live together and stick it out.
Winner Best Actress CHEN XIAOXIA at the 10 Annual Salento International Film Festival 2013