“Spazio Italia”, the programme dedicated to the Italian fantastic cinema, is back, with short films and previews

Spazio Italia, the special programme dedicated to the fantastic and science fiction productions made in Italy with short films and previews, is back at Trieste Science+Fiction Festival, which will run from the 30th of October to the 4th of November in Friuli Venezia Giulia Region’s capital city.

This year at its 18th edition, Trieste’s Festival once again confirms Spazio Italia, the programme dedicated to the protagonists and productions of our fantastic cinema, with classics and feature films, as well as short films and web series (Spazio Corto).

A jury of students will choose the best Italian short film of the section Spazio Italia | Spazio Corto: the winner will be assigned the CineLab Award, organized in collaboration with the DAMS (Faculty of the Performing Arts), course of studies held by the University of Udine and the University of Trieste.

The programme presents three Italian science fiction feature films, with two previews. The opening is on Wednesday the 31st of October at 8pm at Teatro Miela with the screening of the film “Go Home – A casa loro” by Luna Gualano, already successfully presented in Rome at “Alice nella città”. The director stages a ferocious zombie apocalypse in a refugee center in Rome’s suburbs: while outside the dead are walking on the earth, Enrico, a right wing young extremist, seeks shelter in that very refugee center he has been protesting against, lying on his identity. A political zombie movie in perfect Rohmer’s style, where rage turns into infection, while the ravenous un-dead become, once again, a social metaphor. The poster is by Zerocalcare.

The second appointment of Spazio italia is with the horror “You die – Scarica l’app, poi muori”  by Alessandro Antonaci, Stefano Mandalà and Daniel Lascar, that will be presented as a European preview at Trieste Science+Fiction on Thursday 1st November at 10.30pm at the Teatro Miela. The film retrieves one of the favorite topos of the horror genre, the endless curse, revisiting it in a 2.0 version: at the center of the story there is Asia, a students who finds on her mobile a mysterious app in augmented reality. The girl will soon realize she is dealing with a cursed appwhich – within 24 hours – kills the owner of the device it’s installed on, unless another person downloads it. “You Die – Scarica l’App, poi Muori” has just won the Award for the best photography at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival of Los Angeles (USA), the largest American horror festival, held at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood from the 9th to the 18th of October 2018.

A world preview for the Italian thriller “La voce del lupo” by Alberto Gelpi, scheduled on Friday 2nd November at 8pm at Teatro Miela. A tense and intriguing story about self acceptance, also in extreme conditions, starring Christopher Lambert and Maria Grazia Cucinotta. The protagonist is Nico, a violent cop back in his city of origin to say goodbye to the sick mother. Following his return, the town will be shaken by a series of terrible massacres, which seem committed by a non-human being: all evidence, indeed, suggests that the killings might have been performed by a monstrous beast.

Again on Friday 2nd November at 2pm at Teatro Miela there will be the first appointment with the made-in-Italy shorts of Spazio Corto: on the screen of the theater in piazza Duca degli Abruzzi we will see the works: “Cras” by Maurizio Squillari, “In principio” by Daniele Nicolosi, “Herd” by Mattia Temponi, “As the Sun Rises” by Giordano Toreti, “N.L.A.” by Marco Minciarelli and “Moths to Flame” by Luca Jankovic and Marco Pellegrino.

Second appointment with the Italian short films on Saturday 3rd of November, again at 2pm at Teatro Miela: the screening will be preceded by the teaser of Hallucinaut” by Daniele Auber, born in Trieste, the special effects magician and collaborator of Terry Gilliam, followed by the short films:  “L’uomo proibito” by Tiziano Russo, “Cavernicolo” by Alessandro Berteri, “Mise en abyme” by Edoardo Smerilli, “Uccia” by Elena Starace and Marco Renda, “The Essence of Everything” by Daniele Barbiero and“Rain” by Alessandro Spallino.