Pop Corn Festival del Corto 2022 kicks off today at the Argentario with a tribute to Raffaella Carrà

The fifth edition of Pop Corn Festival del Corto 2022, the international event dedicated to short films scheduled from 22 to 24 July in Porto Santo Stefano, on the Argentario promontory (Gr). The festival, supported by Raffaella Carrà, a great lover of the place and fond of the initiative, to the point of establishing a prize for creativity, the only one in Italy wanted by her, will propose film screenings, events and meetings with guests from the film and artistic world, transforming the suggestive Piazzale dei Rioni, overlooking the sea, in a small Cannes croisette. Ties, timeless connections: this is the theme of the year. In a fast and ephemeral world, a reflection on relationships that go beyond time and space.

At the center of the event, organized by Associazione Argentario Art Day with the patronage and contribution of the Municipality of Monte Argentario, the patronage of the Tuscany Region and the contribution – among others – of the CR Firenze Foundation, Lux Vide, Banca Tema, Panalight, will offer three days of free screenings with 20 films in competition, including 14 auteur shorts and 6 debut films, which come from the Sundance Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, the Turin Film Festival and the Rome Film Festival; will compete, among other awards, for the prize established by Carrà, the festival’s chosen muse. Presenting the evenings, the actor Andrea Dianetti, a well-known face of cinema, TV and theater.

The inauguration will be held today, Friday 22 July, at 6.00 pm with the round table in the presence of institutions, guests, partners and sponsors at the Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola in Porto Santo Stefano. The jury of the festival, chaired by Federico Moccia and composed of the award-winning editor Marco Spoletini, the strategic marketing expert at Rai Cinema Manuela Rima, the journalist and film critic Carlo Griseri, the artistic director of Sudestival Michele Suma and the costume and set designer will participate. Stefano Young. Also present at the inauguration were the mayor of Monte Argentario Francesco Borghini, the councilors for culture Mirko Costaglione and tourism Cinzia Fanciulli, the artistic director of Pop Corn Francesca Castriconi, the journalist Adriana Pannitteri. The journalist Claudia Catalli coordinated the meeting.

The first evening in Piazzale dei Rioni will start at 21.00 with a tribute to Raffaella Carrà. The screening of “Carramba che Carrà”, in which Adriana Pannitteri will tell the story of the queen of Italian TV, directed by Cinzia Perreca, in the presence of the authors. The evening will then continue all under the banner of the Author’s Courts section (the program in detail is visible on www.popcornfestivaldelcorto.it). Other guests of the three evenings Edoardo Smerilli, author of the short film “Daughters of the stars”; Cristiano Anania, distributor for Associak Distribution of the films “Don vs lighting”, “Footstep on the wind”, “Roy”, “Happy Marriage”; Federico Mottica, director of the short film “Lui”; Pier Francesco Bigazzi, author of the documentary “Ofelia”, Diego Bellante, editor of “Notte Romana”; Laura Moraci, producer of “Flowing water does not carry poison”.

On Saturday 23 July there will be more author shorts, and a party, at midnight, on the Moletto beach in the village, to listen to some music and spend time in total relaxation.

It will then be Sergio Iapino, companion of the singer, dancer, presenter and activist, to deliver the Raffaella Carrà prize, which is giving away 4000 € for the short born from the most original idea, on the awards ceremony to be held Sunday 24 July. The winning film will also be included in the program of Sudestival, a film festival based in Monopoli twinned with Pop Corn. The awards for the Best Short Film in each category were also confirmed, with € 1000 each. The Panlight Awards, worth € 5,000 and € 3,000 for the rental of film equipment, are also expected, as well as public recognition and the Equal Opportunities Commission Award from the Municipality of Monte Argentario.

THE PROGRAM IN DETAIL

Going into the details of the program, Friday 22 July, after the tribute to Carrà, we start with “Big” by Daniele Pini (Italy, 2021, 14 ‘), awarded at the Rome Film Festival: story of Matilde, who every day scan the beach with a metal detector until he makes a find that will change her life; space then for fantasy with “Indestructible” by Guillaume Biery (France, 2021, 7’58 ”), an urban dystopia set in an old underground car park. And again: “Cineminha no beco” by Renato Oliveira (Brazil, 2021, 15 ‘), a documentary about the Tiny Movie Theater, a film project for the children of the Rio de Janeiro favelas; the animated film “Footstep on the wind” by Maya Sanbar, Faga Melo and Gustavo Leal (UK, Brazil, USA, 2021, 7 ‘), the story of two young refugees with Sting’s original soundtrack, screened in attendance of the distributor Cristiano Anania; “Free Fall” by Emmanuel Tenenbaum (France, 2021, 19 ‘), a reinterpretation of the attack on the World Trade Center awarded in Canada and the United States; “Lui” by the guest director at the Federico Mottica festival (Italy, 2021, 17 ‘), the story of a meeting against the backdrop of the 2006 World Cup; “Azul” by Emilio Martinez Borso (Spain, 2021, 12’37 ”), from Spain a slice of life in the world of female muay thay.

Saturday 23 July the evening will open at 21.00, when the moving documentary “Ofelia” by Pierfrancesco Bigazzi (Italy, 2021; 11’19 ”) will follow on the big screen, which will be introduced by the author; “Warsha” (Lebanon, 2022, 15 ‘), hymn to freedom at high altitude by the Lebanese director Dania Bdeir, applauded at Sundance; “Don VS lightning” comedy by the directorial duo Big Red Button with an old, grumpy Scot at the center who seems to naturally attract lightning (UK, 2021, 15 ‘); “Techno, Mama”, an insight into the relationship between mother and child by the Lithuanian director Saulius Baradinskas (Lithuania, 2021, 18 ‘), presented at the 78th Venice International Film Festival; “Roman Night” (Italy, 2021, 12 ‘), an impossible love story between a middle-class boy and a suburban girl signed by Valerio Ferrara and this year nominated for the David di Donatello, which will be introduced to the public by editor Diego Bellante ; “Iskra” by Adrian Replanski (Russia, 2021, 11 ‘), from Russia a story of strange epidemics and superstition; “Daughters of the stars” by Edoardo Smerilli (Italy, 2021, 15 ‘), which went to the Rome Film Festival in the Alice nella città section, in the presence of the director. Following will be screened the video clip of the song by Lucio Corsi “What we will do from Grandi”, in the presence of video maker Tommaso Ottomano.

Last day of events Sunday 24 July. At 9.00 pm it will be time for the first works with “Roy” by Tom Berkerley and Ross White (UK, 2021, 15 ‘), an unlikely friendship between a lonely elderly man and the voice of a hotline service, with the iconic actor David Bradley, well-known face of the Harry Potter saga; “Flowing water does not carry poison” (Italy, 2021, 10 ‘) by Letizia Zatti, which debuted at the Rome Independent Film Festival, in the presence of producer Laura Moraci; “Dad’s sneakers” (Ukraine, 2022, 19 ‘), the work of the Ukrainian director Olha Shurba, acclaimed in Locarno, which follows the last hours of the young Sasha in a boarding school for children deprived of parental care, before being adopted by a family who maybe it will take him far; “U figghiu” by Saverio Tavano (Italy, 2021, 14’13 ”), a game between madness and reality set in a small town in Southern Italy; “Happy Marriage” (Pakistan, 2021, 10 ‘), the story of a transgender woman by Pakistani performer and director Sana Jafri; “Abril” by Juan Carlos Canales Delgado (Spain, 2021, 11 ‘), the story of a long-lived love and complicity. It continues with the awards: it will be Sergio Iapino, companion of the singer, dancer, presenter and activist, to deliver the Raffaella Carrà prize, which is giving away 4000 € for the short born from the most original idea. The winning film will also be included in the program of Sudestival, a film festival based in Monopoli twinned with Pop Corn. The awards for the Best Short Film in each category were also confirmed, with € 1000 each. The Panlight Awards, worth € 5,000 and € 3,000 for the rental of film equipment, are also expected, as well as public recognition and the Equal Opportunities Commission Award from the Municipality of Monte Argentario.

In line with the spirit of the event, the poster of the fifth edition is created by the Californian artist Tyler Spangler, who with his aesthetic made of saturated and vibrant colors, inspired by the punk and surf culture, has created digital collages for clients such as Adobe , Hermès, Nike and Instagram. Among his works, Pop Corn has chosen “Peaking Through”, a gaze that points upwards, sight as the first of the senses to connect with the world of cinema and with people.

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