The Film Social Festival is back

Social becomes cinema: the 13th edition of the Social Film Festival ArTelesia kicks off from November 24th, an international review scheduled until day 28, which will animate Benevento and will lead the public to reflect and discuss sensitive issues through projections, representations and dating. 45 films have been selected for the International Competition, out of 1600 entered between short and feature films, of which 2 world premieres, and many names in cinema and theater who will alternate on the stage of the San Carlo Theater: from Paolo Ruffini to Lina Sastri, from Andrea Roncato to Claudio Santamaria and Francesca Barra in connection and many others.

“This festival is proof that the he disability does not represent a limit to creativity and participation in cultural and social activities“, explains Francesco Tomasiello, the thirty-three-year-old Samnite creator of the review, organized by the Free Theater Association of Mariella De Libero and under the artistic direction of Antonio Di Fede. Francesco was born with a spastic tetraparesis but, a lover of cinema and theater, did not never stopped dreaming by becoming an actor, writer and screenwriter and the “mind” of this project that has grown from year to year, today a showcase for a cinema that makes you think, made up of works belonging to the independent and non-independent circuit, with the aim of speaking and making talk about civil commitment and sensitive issues.

“Unfortunately, even today, directors, producers, distributors do not work in an inclusive manner, actors with disabilities are not hired to interpret the roles of people with disabilities”. The Festival has an important goal: to use the seventh art as a tool to convey messages with a great social impact, on which to reflect with a critical sense and feel actively involved, as actors of a social change to be given a voice.

The XIII edition focuses on the theme of the Renaissance, a restart that finds its privileged tool in art, to face the social changes, of which the Festival is attentive eye and skilled scrutinizer: from homophobia to violence against women, from bullying to the fight for fundamental rights, from immigration to integration, from loneliness to questions about the end of life, from world conflicts to the war against the legacies of the pandemic, from disability to diversity in all its forms as an expression of beauty and wealth.

Among the events not to be missed the premiere of “Selfiemania”, a co-production between Italy, Austria and Russia with Milena Vukotic, Andrea Roncato, Caterina Murino and Bianca Nappi, narration of a very current theme in several episodes directed respectively by Francesco Colangelo, Elly Senger-Weiss, Willem Zaeyen and Elisabetta Pellini; “Up & Down” with Paolo Ruffini and the actors of the Mayor Von Frinzius Company, suffering from Down syndrome, a comic and moving show that tells of human relationships through the beauty that resides in diversity, a diversity that will infect the public with the “Syndrome by UP “!; the short story “Travel Notes”, by and with Lina Sastri, is the intimate narration of her career, from her debut to her first theatrical experiences with Eduardo and Patroni Griffi, from cinema to music, to the invention of her musical theater.

World premieres exclusively for the ArTelesia Social Film Festival also for the documentary section, the films “With our hands” and “The Passengers”. The first is a story of overcome barriers and limits, a daily immersion in the life of two elderly people, Anna and Giovanni, both suffering from physical disabilities with the desire to fulfill their desire to get back on the road to hug their loved ones. it is always a whirlwind of emotions and challenges that leads the viewer to the film “The Passengers, traveling to a place called home”, which tells of “Housing First”, a philosophy that puts social living at the center of its action , between often conflicting cohabitations and tortuous life paths, in which the sense of a possible way for the social reintegration of a group of marginalized emerges.

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November, ArTelesia will host the screening of the short films selected by the School and University Jury, with discussion moderated by the students. Event within the event will be the national preview of the pi├Ęce “You can put it in your name”, by Mauro Mori, represented simultaneously in 50 Italian cities with 50 different actresses. For the Artelesia Social Film Festival Barbara Villa will interpret the story of a woman who tells herself through the female characters of literature.

The 700th anniversary of Dante’s death for the “Rimembranza” section will instead be celebrated with the screening of “Dante’s Verona” with Claudio Santamaria and Francesca Barra. On November 26, before the gala, hosted by Pino Stabioli, the Festival will host one splendid tribute to Nino Manfredi, on the occasion of the centenary of his birth, with the docufilm “One, Nobody, One Hundred Nino”, an intimate and affectionate portrait, embellished with amusing anecdotes told by the actor himself, his wife, children and grandchildren. A documentary written and directed by his son Luca and enriched by the testimonies of friends, directors and colleagues, such as Elio Germano, Edoardo Leo, Massimo Ghini, Nancy Brilli, Enrico Brignano, Johnny Dorelli, Walter Veltroni, Massimo Wertmuller, Lino Banfi.

Following the interview with Luca Manfredi and the delivery of the special award. In the evening, the Cinema Teatro San Marco will welcome guests from the national and international scene who will arrive in the city of Benevento for the award ceremony of the winning films. And then the projections of the films in competition visible, as well as in the cinemas in presence, also by accessing the festival website “We need a cultural change, an awareness by everyone, professionals in the sector and public opinion. A revolution that passes from training, updating, discussion, comparison. Telling stories that are not necessarily mainstream, building scripts for actors with disabilities. – explains Francesco Tomasiello – We, with our festival, let’s try to do our part, hoping that many will follow our example“.

This and much more is the Artelesia Social Film Festival, a messenger of meaning towards the world of young people and spokesperson of their universe to the adult world, a keen eye of investigation and an amplifying voice, in which cinema is the fundamental media chosen for the osmotic dialogue between parts. Because, as director Ingmar Bergman says “There is no art form like cinema to strike the conscience, shake the emotions and reach the secret rooms of the soul”.

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