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13th CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival (Torino, Italy june 1-6, 2010)

Press release

CinemAmbiente, Italy’s prime environmental film festival directed by Gaetano Capizzi and co-organized by the National Museum of Cinema, has moved its customary autumn date forward to spring to coincide with World Environment Day (5 June), an international celebration established by the United Nations to raise awareness of environmental issues and sustainability.

The main Festival venue is the Cinema Massimo, Turin. Open-air screenings will be held in the courtyard of the Regional Museum of Natural Sciences; other outdoor and indoor events will take place around the city.

The failure of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and the present oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico sound an urgent alarm for action and reflection. Again, CinemAmbiente, as it has for the past twelve years, invites audiences to take a critical and informed view of problems with the environment and to examine not only why the environment is threatened but also what we can do to protect it. The intent is to propose a new line of thinking and to advance a new agenda of environmental policy.

Accordingly, this year’s Festival program has an even broader scope: the national Guerrilla Gardeners’ Meeting; Park(ing) Day; the AICA award ceremony; and Bike Pride among other events are scheduled for 5 and 6 June. The side program also includes a series of conference, literary aperitifs, and artwork installations.

Also, in collaboration with municipal administrations, environmental film documentaries will be screened in 14 cities throughout Italy on 5 June at 9 PM.

Two special film events highlight the Festival’s international appeal: the Italian premier of No Impact Man, which tells of how Colin Beavan and his family tried to live at zero impact for one year; and The Cove, winner of the 2010 Oscar for Best Documentary, illustrates why dolphins are under serious threat of extinction.

The films running in the three competition categories have been selected from hundreds of documentaries from around the world.

Competing in the International Documentary Competition are ten films, including Rupert Murray’s The End of the Line, a film about the risk of extinction many fish species are facing; Mai Iskander’s Garbage Dreams, winner of the Al Gore Reel Current Award, about Cairo’s garbage people who collect three tons of the city’s daily garbage and about three boys who live in a shantytown built from the rubbish; John Maringouin’s Big River Man, 2009 Sundance Festival winner, which tells the story of Martin Strel, called “fish-man” by the Indios, hero and showman in Slovenia, and unlikely champion swimmer: overweight, hard-drinking, and moody. Yet he managed to swim the Amazon. An astounding achievement which, combined with the film’s unusual setting, the main character’s eccentric behavior, and the sheer folly of the undertaking, is reminiscent of Herzog’s cinema.

The films selected to run in the Italian Documentary Competition reflect the dark and the light of this country: Simona Risi’s Le White, about the “white houses”, so-called because covered in asbestos siding, in Rogoredo, outside Milan; David Christensen’s Lo Specchio, which tells the incredible story of a huge mirror the Viganella village mayor had erected on a mountain to reflect sunlight into the village during the winter; Giovanna Poldi Allai, Sandro Nardi and Filippo Lilloni’s Gente d’Alpe about the relationship between man and nature, as told by musician Lindo Ferretti.

The International Short Film Competition offers a broad choice of topics.

The Panorama section includes films with a particular perspective: Focus on Biodiversity; Focus on Urban Green with the film, The Garden, about the largest community garden in the United States; and Ambient/azioni, with Logorama, which won the 2010 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

CinemAmbiente is the head of the Environmental Film Festival Network (EFFN) and Europe’s first zero-emission festival.

Special film screenings on 5 June

On the occasion of World Environment Day, and in collaboration with agencies and associations, film screenings will be held in cities throughout Italy on 5 June.