#Giffoni53: Special Events

MUSIC DISTRACTION, DeAKids music game show (channel 601, Sky), which has more than 11.8 million followers, from the talented young presenter Gabriele Vagnato to the six influencers who compete in each episode: Nicholas Goldoni, Nicole Micoli, Ludovica Olgiati, Nicky Passarella, Matteo Valentini and newcomer Kiro Ebra, is coming to Giffoni on July 21. MUSIC DISTRACTION is also on the road this summer with the Music Distraction Summer Tour, which will also stop at the Giffoni Film Festival on the evening of July 21. The six influencers await the audience and giffoners at a fun Karaoke Party: a spectacular evening event where everyone can sing and play! After the end of the tour, the musical game show returns in September with its second season and many new features on DeAKids. MUSIC DISTRACTION is an original production by KidsMe, the Children Content Factory of the De Agostini Editore Group. The programme is written by Adriano Roncari and Antonio Tocci. The programme’s original theme song is written and performed by Gabriele Vagnato.

The famous BBC cooking show, produced by Banijay Italia, returns with an even richer eleventh edition: BAKE OFF ITALIA – DOLCI IN FORNO will be at the Festival on 21 July and from 8 September in prime time on Real Time Channel 31. The jurors will meet presenter Benedetta Parodi and the jury trio Damiano Carrara, Ernst Knam and Tommaso Foglia. The underlying theme of this new edition is dreams: the 16 aspiring pastry chefs have the chance to turn their dreams into reality by taking part in the challenge. They will face a journey of 15 episodes, each characterised by the 3 classic challenges: the creative test, the technical test and the surprise test, where they will have to demonstrate their skills and knowledge of classic and modern pastry. Clelia d’ Onofrio will still be present in the part dedicated to the historical arcs of the desserts that are the subject of the tests. Once again this year the Best Amateur Pastry Chef in Italy will be crowned at Villa Borromeo d’Adda in Arcore (MB). The setting of the large greenhouse, which is the backdrop for the competition, is inspired by a fragrant lemon garden, with pastel colours in shades of green, yellow and terracotta.

Emotions, visions, feelings and revenge in Giuseppe Fiorello‘s latest work STRANIZZA D’AMURI, which will be shown in Giffoni on JULY 21: a special event for giffoners who will meet the director and the protagonists of the film, Samuele Segreto and Gabriele Pizzurro. The film is a perfect love story tainted with prejudice, skillfully highlighted and revealed: a Sicily ready to reveal itself, beautiful and melancholic, while on television the 1982 World Cup is broadcast and Italians hope for the World Cup, two teenagers dream of living their love without fear. Gianni and Nino meet by chance and then fall in love by choice. Their love will be pure and sincere, but it cannot escape the prejudices of the country that neither understands nor accepts it. A feeling that will cause suffering, conflict and pain. But it will try to become stronger, beyond all borders. The film is dedicated to Giorgio and Antonio, victims of the Giarre crime, which occurred in 1980 in the province of Catania and is produced by Eleonora Pratelli. An Iblafilm and Fenix Entertainmentproduction with Rai Cinema in association with Silvio Camopara, Golden Goose and Generalife. At Giffoni it will bring a breath of hope, a cry of happiness, love. For a clear message that giffoners will welcome with an open heart: love, cannot be afraid. To love without fear, cannot and must not be a dream.

One hundred days aboard humanitarian ships in the central Mediterranean: the documentary Formiche by journalist Valerio Nicolosi will be shown July 21 in the Impact! section. Nine journeys between Greece and the Balkans to report on the greatest human tragedy of our time. The documentary depicts the lives of those who populate the roads to Europe in search of a better future – like ants, to quote Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’. The work, produced by Duzzle Communication, tells these stories and gives a name and a face to those who, despite themselves, are the protagonists. Formiche is created in limbo, from the tragic stories of those who engage in a cruel game that represents the only faint hope of a new life. The narrator of this latest work is Nicolosi himself, an investigative journalist and at the same time a special envoy who often spends time in vulnerable areas away from migration routes, working on social issues from a civilian point of view.

Carlo Verdone, Ludovica Martino and Sangiovanni meet giffoners on July 22 for a special event dedicated to the second season of Vita da Carlo, produced by Luigi and Aurelio De Laurentiis and available on Paramount+starting in September. The series was written by Pasquale Plastino, Ciro Zecca, Luca Mastrogiovanni and Carlo Verdone, who is directing alternately with Valerio Vestoso.

Discover the hidden treasures of Italy, between beauty and magic: the new Winx adventure is coming to the Festival, a special mini-series produced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with Rainbow. So a stopover in Giffoni means a reunion and a mutual embrace: Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa, Aisha and Tecna will meet the giffoners on July 22 for an extraordinary event where energy and smiles will be a given, as always. We follow the fairies born from the creativity of Iginio Straffi in a series full of secrets in search of incredible places to protect and preserve throughout Italy. Between culture, colour and adventure, the animated classic developed and distributed by Rainbow returns to make the world dream by bringing magic into the lives of millions of fans.

A double date on July 22 with director, screenwriter and producer Stefano Veneruso, who will appear with producer Barbara Di Maioin a special event. Veneruso, grandson of the great Massimo Troisi, will be present at the screening of his film Da domani mi alzo tardi, inspired by the personality and life of the Neapolitan actor who died at the age of only 41, one day after the end of the shooting of his last film ‘Il Postino’. Da domani mi alzo tardi narrates and dreams of the possibility of an eternal and absolute love that transcends time, that lives on while life goes on, and where death can be seen as an event that is not necessarily final. The screenplay was written by Anna Pavignano, who has experienced a beautiful love story with Massimo and also works as a co-writer on his films. Veneruso will then speak about his book “Il mio verbo preferito è evitare” (Rizzoli), a tribute in words and pictures – many of them unpublished and from the family’s private archive – in honour of the great Massimo Troisi on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Discover the world of Dynamo Camp: a wonderful reality where children with a serious or chronic illness have an unforgettable experience that they will carry with them forever. They are the protagonists of Una meravigliosa avventura, the film by Graziano Conversano, produced by Elena Picco, which will be shown at the Giffoni on July 22. The docufilm is the unique experience of immersing yourself in the life of a community of young people who spend a week of holiday together. Dynamo Camp is the perfect place, here there is only the present, friendship and joy. The adventures of the young protagonists are punctuated by the days of the week, and through activities and group life, fears and bad memories are overcome. Here the children seem like giants, their young life conveys positivity and harmony. With this film I tried to portray the strength, courage and will to live of one hundred ‘superheroes’. This film is dedicated to all those who have helped fill the walls and forests with pure magic during the fifteen years I have spent at Dynamo Camp. Every breath, every smile of an adult or child here has been transformed into positive energy.

After the first season of TV wowed international audiences, Pinocchio and friends arrives on Rai Yoyo in the fall of 2023 with many new episodes, new adventures and characters. At Giffoni, Rainbow will present two new episodes from season two exclusively for Elements +6 to give a taste of what’s to come. The new classic, based on the timeless masterpiece by Carlo Collodi and drawn by Iginio Straffi, takes us once again into a dimension of wonder that hovers between reality and magic, in a very modern and funny form. It is impossible not to love the new Pinocchio on the small screen. He is an original hero, always ready to involve Freeda, Cricket, Papa Geppetto, the Blue Fairy and the many old and new characters of the series in roaring adventures and laughing.

Gaetano è tornato: from an idea by Marco Alifuoco and Ettore De Lorenzo (who also directs), a web series is ready to conquer the Giffoni audience on July 23. The theme and the script are by Luigi Marmo. The work tells of Gaetano Filangieri, the great Neapolitan illuminist of the 18th century, played by actor Massimo Andrei, who comes back to life and immerses himself in today’s social reality to reflect on issues, crucial questions and problems of contemporary society. An innovative, experimental project that combines education and entertainment at the highest level, with edutainment capable of communicating complex concepts in a simple way and reawakening historical memory.

Among the special events will take place on July 24,Un ricordo di Gianni Minà tra musica, sport e interviste leggendarie by Leonardo Metalli, correspondent for RAI’s Tg1. Born in Turin, of Sicilian origins,  Minà loves sport, which will be one of his cornerstones around the world. He talks about Olympians and footballers, but also tennis players and marathon runners, in short, all the champions he dreamed of as a boy. Then of the artists, the stories, the dinners and the great friendships with the stars. Gianni Minà was a journalist who made history in public service, in a long career full of unique and memorable confidences. As Adriano Panatta said about him: ‘Minà could do what journalists don’t even dream of’.

The story of Antonio Palermo will be the protagonist of #Giffoni53 on July 24, thanks to the documentary Il calcio di Tony: il ragazzo tornato dalla luna produced by Sky Sport. A pure talent, with a great future ahead of him and a career in Serie A. Then a sudden illness paralysed him in bed, but he managed to overcome the pain thanks to his love for football and his willpower. Days, weeks, months turned into years of effort, physiotherapy and coming to terms with himself. The return to walking was not enough, Tony also wanted to run again, score goals and have fun with the ball. Antonio Palermo, the story of an athlete who ‘returns from the moon’ to continue playing football, will surprise and delight giffoners.

Among the highly anticipated special events of #Giffoni53 is BARBIE, the film by Greta Gerwig, which will be shown on July 25. To live in Barbie-land is to be perfectly in a perfect place. Unless you are in an existential crisis. Or you are a Ken. From Oscar®-nominated writer-director Greta Gerwig (“Little Women,” “Lady Bird”) comes a new adventure starring Oscar® nominees Margot Robbie (“Bombshell – The Voice of Scandal,” “Tonya”) and Ryan Gosling (“La La Land,” “Half Nelson”) as Barbie and Ken. The cast also includes America Ferrera (“End of Watch – Zero Tolerance,” the “Dragon Trainer” films), Kate McKinnon (“Bombshell – The Voice of Scandal,” “Yesterday”), Issa Rae (“The Photograph – My Mother’s Shots,” “Insecure”), Rhea Perlman (“In My Dreams,” “Matilda 6 Mythic”) and Will Ferrell (the films “Anchorman,” “Ricky Bobby – The Story of a Man Who Could Count to One”). The film’s cast also includes Michael Cera (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Juno”). the World,” “Juno”), Ariana Greenblatt (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “65 – Escape from Earth”), Ana Cruz Kayne (“Little Women,” Emma Mackey (the series “Sex Education”TV ), Hari Nef (“Assassination Nation, Transparent), Alexandra Shipp (the films; X-Men), Kingsley Ben-Adir (“That Night in Miami,” “Peaky Blinders”), Simu Liu (“Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings”), Ncuti Gatwa(“Sex Education”), Scott Evans (the TV series “Grace and Frankie”), Connor Swindells (“Sex Education,” “Emma.”), Sharon Rooney(“Dumbo,” “Jerk”), Nicola Coughlan(“Bridgerton,” “Derry Girls”), Ritu Arya (“The Umbrella Academy”), Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Dua Lipa and Oscar® winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”). Greta Gerwig also co-wrote the film’s screenplay with Oscar® nominee Noah Baumbach (‘Story of a Marriage’, ‘The Squid and the Whale’). Based on Mattel’s Barbie. The film’s producers are Academy Award® nominee David Heyman (Story of a Marriage; Gravity), Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Robbie Brenner with Gerwig, Baumbach, Ynon Kreiz, Richard Dickson, Michael Sharp, Josey McNamara, Courtenay Valenti, Toby Emmerich and Cate Adams as Executive Producers. The creative team behind the camera with Greta Gerwig consists of Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (The Irishman, Silence, The Secrets of Brokeback Mountain), six-time Oscar®-nominated production designer Sarah Greenwood (Beauty and the Beast; Anna Karenina), editor Nick Houy (“Little Women,” “Lady Bird”), Academy Award®-winning costume designer, Jacqueline Durran (“Little Women,” “Anna Karenina”), visual effects supervisor Glen Pratt (“Paddington 2,” “Beauty and the Beast”), music supervisor George Drakoulias (“White Noise,” “Marriage Story”) with music by Academy Award® winners Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt (“A Star Is Born”). Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films, LuckyChap Entertainment, NB/GG Pictures, Mattel production. The film will be in Italian cinemas from 20 July, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

On July 25, ‘MILLENNIALS’, written and directed by Ludovica Lirosi and produced by LULIFILM, will be presented with 45 actors, including 8 main characters. It is an ironic story about the relationship and couple problems of the new generations, from passions to work, from sexual relations to the way of communication. The series ironically deals with current issues of Millennials, including difficulties in finding a stable relationship; sexual problems; women surrounding themselves with men who do not respect them; couples who stay together despite the lack of a relationship; difficulties in relationship life, as they have become accustomed to communicating more through chat; Couples who live apart at home; teenagers who take psychotropic drugs; minors who live only on social media, creating insecurities and problems; young people who feel protected only at home and refuse to experience the reality outside the home; parents who influence the path of their children’s lives. It tells how our psyche is conditioned by unhealthy relationships that sometimes destabilise and lead to wrong decisions; of the daily difficulties faced by people with autoimmune diseases; of the economic and professional problems faced by young people in this particular period.

With great excitement awaits the special event on July 26, when the second season of Blanca will be presented in the presence of Maria Chiara Giannetta and Sara Ciocca. The beloved companions of the adventure will be back: the faithful Linneo, Lucia who will play an even more important role in Blanca’s life, her friend Stella, Inspector Liguori who will make her jealous with a new flame from the past, Inspector Bacigalupo and even Sebastiano about whom new pages will be discovered. But new characters will also emerge, forcing Blanca to confront her past and decide who she wants to be. Each of the six 100′ episodes tells the story of an investigative case in a different setting, chosen from the characteristic places of Genoa to show the world and the people who live in it with realism and a touch of comedy. A production of Lux Vide, a Fremantle Group company, in collaboration with Rai Fiction, directed by Jan Maria Michelini and Michele Soavi.

DeAKids, the Sky channel 601, brings a great novelty to Giffoni on July 27: the series TV SUMMER LIMITED EDITION, the first teen comedy with pink and green tones, directed by Mario Vitale, conceived and produced by KidsMe, the Children Content Factory of the De Agostini Editore Group, with the support of the Calabria Film Commission Foundation. SUMMER LIMITED EDITION is a romantic story for the whole family, linked to the theme of green activism and set in a fascinating and exclusive scenario: the Ionian coast of Calabria and the forests of Sila. The main characters are teenagers, but in parallel a story arc develops in which adults are also involved. The green side of this piece is wonderfully enhanced by the area of Calabria. The beaches, the green hinterland and the old villages with their beauty are, in a way, the great co-protagonists of this series. As in all pink stories, Summer Limited Edition is about feelings, jealousy, rivalry and relationships. With simplicity and empathy, an attempt is made to narrate the unrepeatable human period of adolescence with its immense emotions. The environmental theme thus becomes an opportunity for personal growth for the protagonists during this time of transition to adulthood. The result is a modern teenage love story that also manages to address very current issues, such as the return to kissing, hugging and human contact after the long winter of the pandemic. An exceptional cast completes the series with Alessio Praticò (“Boris”/Disney Plus; “Odio il Natale”/Netflix); Ilenia Lazzarin (“Un Posto al Sole”/Rai); Luca Seta (“Noi”/Rai; “Lea- Un nuovo giorno”/Rai); Francesco Mura(“Unlockdown”/DeAkids; “La Befana vien di Notte”/Lucky Red, Universal Pictures); Nicole Sorace, a student of the Acting School of Calabria (“The Good Mothers”/Disney Plus) and many other young actors, many of them from Calabria.

Like blank pages to be filled, like precious papers that hold secrets, like a special place that holds thoughts and desires. Like DI4RI, the Netflixseries for teenagers that narrates the everyday life of boys and girls with their feelings and fears, their curiosities and insecurities, their loves and passions. At Giffoni, on JULY 28, ANDREA ARRU, FLAVIA LEONE and FIAMMA PARENTE will write special pages together with the giffoners: a preview of the first episode of the second season between new and old encounters, more and more captivating and surprising stories. The protagonists will live their third and last year in middle school. An unforgettable year full of challenges that will end with the first important test of their lives, the eighth-grade exam, and with a crucial decision: What’s next? Will their friendship survive the separation when each has to go their own way? The three young protagonists will bring some of their secrets to the place where children always find answers, where magic is an everyday form of beauty, and they will face the judges to tell their stories. What happened to the 2nd D boys after the occupation? Will they have stayed together in class at school in Marina Piccola? And will Livia forgive Pietro after learning about the bet? The second season of Di4ri begins with the answers to these questions and the emergence of a new character. The points of view of Pietro, Livia, Daniele, Isabel, Giulio, Monica, Arianna and Mirko are joined by another voice: that of Bianca, Giulio’s cousin, a talented and sunny girl who knows how to integrate herself into the group with her vitality and ability to understand others. An emotional journey through rebellion, fear of the future, self-affirmation and female bullying, the feeling of belonging to a group, the acceptance of the new partners of the parents and the homogeneous family, love and friendship: what holds it all together is the truth and realism with which the boys’ stories and emotions were told in the first season, and which will also be the strength of the second season.

Noi Siamo Leggenda, the new fantasy-tinged teen drama centred on the stories of a group of teenagers who suddenly discover they are endowed with superpowers, will be presented to jurors on July 28, starring Emanuele Di Stefano, Giulia Lin, Milo Roussel and Sofya Gershevich. Directed by Carmine Elia (“Mare Fuori”, “Sopravvissuti”) and created by Valerio D’Annunzio and Michelangelo La Neve, the series – produced by Nicola and Marco De Angelis – is a Rai Fiction and Fabula Picturesco-production in collaboration with Prime Video. The main cast includes Emanuele Di Stefano, Claudia Pandolfi, Antonia Liskova, Nicolas Maupas, Giacomo Giorgio, Beatrice Vendramin, Giulio Pranno, Margherita Aresti, Valentina Romani and Lino Guanciale. Noi Siamo Leggenda is a coming-of-age story that tells the story of a group of teenagers in Rome who have enormous problems and immense powers. Powers that turn their lives upside down and force them to face their limits, their desires and their responsibilities. No overblown missions, no universe to save, and no overpowering villains to fight. Rather, this is a thoroughly character-driven coming-of-age story in which superpowers become a metaphor for the difficulties and opportunities teenagers face, and for their tremendous potential. Having a superpower may make everything seem easier, but the protagonists soon discover that there is no power that helps them ‘grow up,’ and that every action always has a consequence.

On July 29, as part of the special events of #Giffoni53, I Fantastici 5 will be shown starring Raoul Bova, Vittorio Magazzù, Enea Barozzi and Fiorenza D’Antonio. It is a series TV with four premieres, broadcast in prime time on Channel 5. I Fantastici 5 tells the story of the sports activities, difficulties, passions and relationships of a group of disabled athletes from the Nova Lux Athletics Club and their coach Riccardo Bramanti, played by Raoul Bova. Riccardo has dedicated his life to his greatest passions: athletics and training, even at the expense of neglecting his wife and daughters Anna and Giorgia, who move to Germany with their mother after their parents separate. After their mother’s death, they return to Riccardo, but for him it’s like welcoming two strangers into his home. A simple phone call makes Riccardo move to the Nova Lux sports centre to disrupt the routine, which is not easy.The four sprinters he is to train must prepare for the European Championships: Greta, an amputee with a prosthetic left leg, Christian, who is in a wheelchair, Elia, who suffers from neural movement disorders, and Marzia, who is blind. Among them is Laura, a leg amputee girl who has just arrived at the centre and whose potential Riccardo immediately recognises. So begins Riccardo’s journey, accompanied by Freddie, his longtime friend and current company doctor, and Alessandra, Nova Lux’s brave and courageous physiotherapist. Will Riccardo succeed in turning his group into a team? Will a novice coach succeed in leading four young professional athletes to the top of Europe? Will he succeed in awakening in them the joy of sport? What about himself? Will he rediscover the relationship with his daughters, rediscover forgotten truths and rediscover his happiness? A fascinating journey through values and emotions that will captivate the audience.

On 29 July, the presentation of the docufilm LA MADRE by Amalia De Simone, which investigates the word “mother,” the name of a contemporary art museum and the role of certain women who often hold the fortunes of certain neighborhoods in their hands. As will become clear from the stories told and actual wiretaps, these are women who can be instigators of evil or avenues of salvation for their children. In the documentary, in addition to the testimony of victims and perpetrators, there is the story of Lucia who “adopted” a young boy who was among those responsible for the murder of her husband. Laura Valente and Simona Petricciuolo collaborated on the documentary, which was filmed in the ancient center of Naples, the Sanità neighbourhood and the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina (Madre); the original music is by Assia Fiorillo.

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