Ora! Fest is the International Film Festival in Apulia dedicated to the environment, sustainability and social justice with a line-up of international stars.
From 3 to 7 June, Monopoli hosts the first edition of Ora! Fest, International Film Festival in Puglia 2023. A ‘green’ festival, the first in the region, dedicated to respecting the ecosystem and enhancing the naturalness of the Apulian environment. Ora! Fest, in fact, follows the rules established by the Association of Italian Festivals for ‘green cinema’ and invites world-famous actors, directors, screenwriters and producers to take part in discussion round tables aimed at implementing concrete actions on the territory. The event is conceived and realised by the Allora Fest Association and enjoys the important support and patronage of the Apulia Region and the Municipality of Monopoli, which hosts all the scheduled events in the splendid setting of its historic centre.
The artistic direction of Ora! Fest is entrusted to Silvia Bizio, La Repubblica’s correspondent in Los Angeles for more than 30 years, former director of the Taormina Film Festival and the Cinema Italian Style festival in Los Angeles, and last year’s director of the Allora Fest, held in Ostuni. Among the stars are film legends such as Dame Helen Mirren, Terry Gilliam, Marisa Tomei, Matt Dillon and Matthew Modine.
For this edition, Ora! Fest, in collaboration with Matthew Modine’s Cinco Dedos Production, has created Heaven on Earth: a 50-second video narrated by Modine himself, which will have its world premiere on 3 June 2023.
The films in competition will be judged by two excellent juries: the president of the feature film jury is actress Alfre Woodard, flanked by producer Lawrence Bender, former director of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Marcello Foti, model actress Antonia dell’Atte and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Alessandro Camon; the short film jury is chaired by writer André Aciman flanked by actor Richard Flood and Cortinametraggio director Maddalena Mayneri. A special prize, Premio Sguardi Giovani to the best short film, will also be awarded by a jury of 60 young high school students from Monopoli, involved by Sudestival in the event’s project.
A selection of Italian and international premieres, shorts, features and documentaries chosen according to originality and relevance to the festival’s mission, with particular attention to films that embrace the themes of environment, diversity, inclusion and social justice in all sectors.
18.30 – 19.30 Pre-opening Narrating change: the importance of literature and cinema in the climate crisis A conversation between Paolo Giordano and Nicola Lagioia starting with “Tasmania”. Readings by Caterina Valente. In collaboration with Lucy. Sulla cultura. 19.30 – 20.00 Interview Giuseppe De Bellis and Michele Emiliano A film region 20.00 – 21.00 Opening Event […]
Mary crawls down the dark forest of her subconscious where she meets her shadow and her anima. They will guide her towards her soul, through a painful but necessary awakening. Director Alessandro Marino, born in Brindisi, Italy in 1995, is currently based in Los Angeles. Alessandro made his debut as a writer and director with […]
In a small supermarket in rural America, a black man smiles at a white child across the checkout lane. This seemingly innocuous moment will mark the beginning of a ruthless gang war. Title: Skin Originale Language: English Year: 2018 Country: USA Director: Guy Nattiv Cast: Jonathan Tucker, Danielle Macdonald, Ashley Thomas, Jackson Robert, Lonnie Chavis […]
A professional cellist meets a stranger on the subway, with unexpected and far-reaching consequences on his life. Title: Nimic Originale Language: English Year: 2019 Country: U.K. Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Cast: Matt Dillon, Daphne Patakia, Susan Elle, Sara Lee, Eugena Lee Category: Drama Duration: 12 minutes
In a Los Angeles composed entirely of corporate logos, two cops hunt down a criminal dressed as a clown. But no one can yet figure out what’s really going on. Title: Logorama Originale Language: English Year: 2009 Country: USA Director: François Alaux, Hervé De Crécy, Ludovic Houplain Cast: David Fincher, Bob Stephenson, Sherman Augustus, […]
Lucia is a 40-year-old woman who occasionally visits her father’s grave in the city cemetery. One day she finds on the grave a colored candy wrapper all rolled up. The curious episode will be repeated several times, until Lucia discovers that… Title: Caramelle Originale Language: No dialogues Year: 2022 Country: Italy Director: Matteo Banebarco […]