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The Dardenne brothers at the 63rd Festival dei Popoli

Directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will be the guests of honor at the 63rd edition of the Festival dei Popoli, the international documentary film festival, to be held Nov. 5-13 in Florence. The festival will dedicate a retrospective of their films to the two directors - scheduled to take place at La Compagnia and  Stensen cinemas - culminating with a masterclass and the national premiere screening of  "Tori and Lokita", which was presented in competition at the 75th Cannes Film Festival and will be released in Italian theatres at the end of November, distributed by  Lucky Red.

"The Dardenne brothers - explains Festival dei Popoli artistic director Alessandro Stellino - have played a very important function in configuring what today is the language of  'cinema of the real' that is, the telling of the world realized by means of astrong adherence to the stylistic features of participatory documentary but at the same time elaborated in a dramaturgical sense, once again breaking down the frontiers between what we consider fiction and what is not.

It is therefore not only a matter of paying tribute to two undisputed masters of contemporary cinema but also of highlighting the way in which they were able to point to a new path without which documentary filmmaking as we know it today would not exist. Theirs is a cinema that is humanist but devoid of rhetoric, cruel and poetic at the same time, claiming the necessity of openness to the other and acceptance in a world increasingly oriented toward individualism and the closing of borders between people. Hosting them in Florence means paying them a more than fitting tribute and recognizing their role as revolutionary initiators."

The retrospective will be curated by Daniela Persico, who will also moderate the public meeting with the filmmakers scheduled for the morning of Saturday, Nov. 12, at La Compagnia cinema.

Their early documentary films and most renowned works of fiction will be presented, as well as some films by other authors produced by the Dardenne and the Italian premiere of  "Tori and Lokita", produced by Les Films du Fleuve, Archipel 35 and Savage Film, and distributed in Italy by Lucky Red.

Tori and Lokita is set in modern-day Belgium and is the story of a young man and a teenage girl who have come from Africa alone. Their only weapon against the difficult living conditions they face is their solid friendship.

The event-chaired by Vittorio Iervese, under the artistic direction of Alessandro Stellino and the organizational direction of Claudia Maci - will present the best of world documentary cinema in a program accompanied by numerous international and national guests that will be announced in full at a press conference set for Monday, Oct. 24, in Florence.


The 63rd edition is realized with contributions from Europa Creativa Media,  MiBACT - Direzione Generale Cinema,  Regione ToscanaComune di FirenzeFondazione Sistema Toscana and Fondazione CR FirenzeCittà Metropolitana di FirenzePubliacquaUnicoop FirenzeMymovies.it.

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