A SICILIAN GHOST STORY | ITALY | 03 AUGUST
Italian directors Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia follow up their widely admired Salvo with a cutting-edge crime drama based on true events. The film dramatises the gruesome abduction of the young son of a mafia informant with the addition of fictional characters. In a Sicilian village, Giuseppe, a boy of 13, vanishes. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She rebels against the code of silence and collusion that surrounds her n order to find him.
COLD WAR / ZIMNA WOJNA | POLAND, UK, FRANCE | 31 AUGUST
Zimna Wojna / Cold War by Pawel Pawlikowski is set in the ruins of post-war Poland. Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig) fall deeply and destructively in love. As musicians forced to engane with the Soviet propaganda machine, they dream of escaping to the West. One day they find a chance to make a break for Paris but they both make a split second decision that will mark their lives forever. As the years march on, Wiktor and Zula watch the world changing around them, always struggling to find their moment in time. Winner of the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, Pawlikowski melds the personal with the political to exquisite effect. Set to a soundtrack that takes you from the rustic folk songs of rural Poland to the sultry jazz of a Paris basement bar, it’s a wistful and dreamlike journey through a divided continent and an ill-fated love. The film has received a total of €171,839 in MEDIA Development and Distribution funding.
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