Trieste Science+Fiction festival of science fiction presents its new poster and announces the first titles of the official selection of the 15th edition.

VENICE – Trieste Science+Fiction announces the first titles of the programme of the 15th edition of the international science fiction festival, taking place between the 3rd and the 8th November, and presents the new poster from Mario Alberti.The Festival of Science Fiction presents the official poster of the 15th edition: an original design from the triestino illustrator and cartoonist, Mario Alberti, who has created an exclusive trilogy of works, conceived specifically for the festival in Trieste.

According to Alberti: “The first image, created two years ago, was a typical launch poster, in the vintage style of the 50s and 60s, in which we come across classic sci-fi: spaceships and robots, and cities in the future. Last year we focused on the psychedelic style of the 70s and 80s, and a canon of more hardcore science fiction: clones, mind control, surgery. For the 2015 poster, we conclude the story with the victorious struggle of the heroine, who was initially the victim, and the defeat of the egg of power. In the detail are references to H.R. Giger, creator of Alien, and a fitting tribute to Star Wars, in the year in which the seventh chapter of the saga, directed by J.J. Abrams, appears on screens, in the form of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber.

Mario Alberto is known to the wider public through much of his work: He is the illustrator of many comic books published by Bonelli, such as those about Nathan Never, or Legs Weaver; he is responsible for the illustration, colouring and front cover of the second edition of Tex romanzi a fumetti, written by Mauro Boselli and entitled “Frontera!”, which comes out in September. Alongside Luca Enoch, he is the author of the series Morgana, published by the French house, Les Humanoïdes Associés, and he has collaborated with both DC Comics and Marvel, creating panels for the special editions, X-Men & Spiderman, and Spiderman & The Fantastic Four. He is also one of the creators of Les Chroniques de Légion for the French publishers Glénat, and is currently working on the Delcourt mini-series, Cutting Edge, written by Francesco Dmitri.

With two months until the start of Trieste Science+Fiction, the organisers, present at the Venice International Film Festival, have announced the first films in the official selection.

In the international competition, the following films will have their Italian premières:

Turbo Kid, a passionate and post-apocalyptic homage to the 1980s, from the Canadian directors Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell, selected at Sundance Film Festival; Howl, by Paul Hyett, a creature-movie from the multi-award winning British makeup artist known for The Descent, Doomsday and Unknown; Der Polder, a Swiss-German film by Julian M. Grünthal and Samuel Schwartz, which explores the boundaries between reality and video games; and Crumbs, the first science fiction film shot and produced in Ethiopia, directed by Miguel Llansó, at once epic, surrealist, pop culture and a critique of globalisation.

And previews of these films (which have already secured distribution in Italy) will also be shown:

The Brand New Testament from the Belgian cinéaste Jaco van Dormael, known for The Eighth Day and Mr. Nobody. The film was presented at Directors’ fortnight in Cannes and has already grossed highly in France (distributed by I Wonder Pictures and Unipol Biografilm Collection, it comes out on the 26th November). Also screening will be Stung (distributed by Movies Inspired), the first film from Benni Diez, who previously worked on the special effects in Melancholia, by Lars von Trier. In the debut film, a garden party is transformed into a fantasy horror set, as wasps turn into giant predators.

As already announced, during the festival Trieste will become the European Capital of Fantastic Cinema, with the annual convention of the European Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals and the 19th Golden Méliès Ceremony scheduled for the 6th November, in which the Méliès d’Or of the EFFFF, the network to which the event in Trieste has belonged since 2005, will be presented. The winning director will be invited to the festival to receive the statuette, an original creation inspired by the early classic of fantastic cinema Le Voyage dans la Lune. It is an exception engagement with which to best celebrate the prestigious goals of the 15th edition of Trieste Science+Fiction. The European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation is an organised network the comprises 21 festivals across 15 countries, with an total audience of over 450,000, with the mission of promoting the production of European fantastic films.

The official selection of Trieste Science+Fiction will, as usual, present two international awards: the Premio Asteroide, for the best science fiction features from directors emerging at an international level, and the Méliès d’Argent, the competition of the EFFFF for the best European fantastic feature and short. The Spazio Italia section will host the best native productions, and finally are the unmissable special events dedicated to science and literature, the Incontri di Futurologia, coordinated in conjunction with the large science institutes in the surrounding area, and the awarding of the Silver Urania, organised together with the literary journal of the same name, to a master of the fantastic.

Trieste Science+Fiction is organised by the centre of research and experimentation on cinematic and audiovisual techniques, La Cappella Underground, with the collaboration and support of MiBACTS – Direzione Generale Cinema, the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the Province of Trieste, the District of Trieste, the University of Trieste, the Camera di Commerci di Trieste, the CRTrieste Foundation and the Kathleen Foreman Casali Foundation.

The primary location of this year’s Trieste Science+Fiction will once again be the Sala Tripcovich, thanks to the collaboration with the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi Foundation. The adjacent Casa del Cinema, home of the principal film associations in the city, will be the headquarters of the festival, and in collaboration with Teatro Miela will host periphery events. Other initiatives and special events will take place at the Cinema Ariston.

FIRST titles of the official selection