A prayer for peace in Ukraine and Battleship Potemkin: the curtain falls on the Terni Film Festival

Ukraine will be at the center of today, November 20, the final moment of the Terni Film Festival 2022. There will be many appointments in the focus that will last the whole day and will open at 2.30 pm with a prayer for peace presided over by the bishop of Terni, Francesco Antonio Soddu, at the church of Santa Maria Regina with the presence of the Ukrainian community of Terni.

We will then continue inside the Politeama cinema. At 15.30 the film Carol of the Bells by Olesya Morgunets-Isaenko, followed at 17.30 by The other refugeesa documentary that the young Palestinian director Mohammed Almughanni shot on the border with Poland and from which the photographic exhibition set up at the Cenacolo San Marco until 16 December was also taken.

The afternoon also includes meetings, songs and dances from one of the most important granaries in the world, curated by the Ukrainian community which will also present handicraft products.

There will be a call for peace, with the song The two Vladimirs written and sung by the director of Istess Teatro David Riondino with the accompaniment of sand notes by Gabriella Compagnone.

To close the focus, as per tradition, the tasting – free – of typical products within the same Politeama cinema, where it will be possible to get to know the flavors and culinary traditions of Ukraine.

The festival will conclude with an exclusive appointment with “the most classic of the classics”: Battleship Potemkinwhich does not last “18 reels” as Paolo Villaggio claims in it The second tragic Fantozzi, but only 75 minutes. And it also isn’t crazy shit but a beautiful film that wrote the history of cinema, directed by a little more than twenty years old Sergej M. Eisenstein, who was actually a very exuberant character and not the serious intellectual portrayed by many. On the other hand, the most famous scene in the film, and the subject of Fantozzi’s parody, is the one that takes place on a staircase in Odessa, one of the cities that symbolizes the current resistance of the Ukrainian people.

In short, an opportunity to debunk a few clichés and rediscover a great masterpiece in a totally new version: the one with a soundtrack by Edison Studio, which does not offer a simple musical accompaniment, but a real sensory experience.

The curtain on this eighteenth edition of the festival will definitely fall with Dante, arrogant poet, a short film written by Arnaldo Casali and directed by Riccardo Leonelli, Filippo Lupini and Nicolò Monghini produced by Istess Cinema as part of the theatrical show that concluded the kermesse last year and which is presented for the first time as an actual cinematographic work, which tells in an amused and amusing way little-known episodes of the life of the Great Poet. A biography strictly based on medieval historical and anecdotal sources. It is, moreover, the first cinematographic work produced on the life of Dante Alighieri, which anticipated Pupi Avati’s film by one year.

Admission to all events is free. To consult the complete program of the festival www.istess.it/2022/11/08/terni-film-festival-2022-il-programma-completo/

A prayer for peace in Ukraine and Battleship Potemkin: the curtain falls on the Terni Film Festival