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Ischia Film Festival, 8 days of Under the Sky

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Series, documentaries and people from Sky: the preview of the new series Riviera, all the episodes of 1993 and The Night Of in the presence of John Turturro, as well as four appointments with the great documentaries of Sky Arte.


8 Under the Sky

[Ischia, 19 June 2017] Eight days under the sky of Ischia. Or better, Under the Sky. That is the name of the new section Ischia Film Festival set up with the Sky satellite television platform. A wide programming that involves Sky Arte and Sky Atlantic, but above all a brand new concept for the audience. It is not about Binge Watching, that is compulsive watching a whole series in one go, but an appointment, every evening of the festival, to enjoy on a big screen two of this year’s best series broadcasted by Sky. The Night Of, will be accompanied by our IQOS lifetime achievement award laureate John Turturro, protagonist, with Rhiz Ahmed, of one of the greatest surprises of the season, written and directed by Steven Zaillian and produced by HBO.
The television series 1993 is an idea of Stefano Accorsi, it is a sequel of 1992 and we already know it is going to be the prequel of 1994. This story of the years of Bribesville and of the rise of Silvio Berlusconi gripped the audience, that is already looking forward to the next season to discover what will happen to Leonardo Notte and the other characters of a Italy from 25 years ago, though still very close to us.

Under the sky of Ischia, there is also room for a preview, the first episode of Riviera, ideated by the Oscar laureate Neil Jordan, director of great films as The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. Featuring Julia Stiles, who was already the partner of the serial killer Dexter, in one of the best seasons of the series, Riviera is a surprising and absorbing crime drama that will be released on Sky Atlantic from July 11. The appointment with the audience of Ischia is instead on June 29.

Moreover, there will be room for four appointments with the great documents of Sky Arte. The first, on Sunday, June 25, will be Perché sono un genio, the story of the director Lorenza Mazzetti, founder of the british Free Cinema movement during the fifties. The following day, Monday, June 26, in Piazza d’Armi in the Aragonese Castle will host the Programming Manager of Sky Arte Guido Casali, who will introduce Graffiti a New York a jurney in the world of writers of the Big Apple. On Tuesday, June 27, it will be the turn of Andrea Pazienza: fino all’estremo, a deserved and sincere remembrance of one of the greatest Italian cartoonist, an extraordinary artist, prematurely disappeared. Lastly, on Wednesday, June 28, we will screen Blow up di Blow up, a documentary that explores the backstage of Blow up, timeless masterpiece by Michelangelo Antonini.
An extremely rich program, that the artistic directors of Ischia Film Festival, Michelangelo Messina and Boris Sollazzo, are glad to have created in concert with Sky. This synergy projects the festival to the future of the audiovisual product and of the concept of festival itself. Indeed, these events will increasingly have to meet the tastes and the needs of an audience which is changing along with the concept of cinema, that is moving toward an 8-hour film, divided in episodes but better if enjoyed on the big screen, if possible, and sharing the experience.  This is what is going to happen this year, 2017, from June 24, to July 1, under the sky of the 15th edition of Ischia Film Festival.

Ischia Film Festival 2017 is supported by MiBACT – Cinema General Direction, SIAE and Campania Region, with the contribution of Philip Morris Italia and Bayer.


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