day by day programme

Wednesday the 5th of October

20.30 – Theater 1
Zero Days
By Alex Gibney
(USA, 2016, 116′ –  International panorama)

Alex Gibney’s ZERO DAYS is a documentary thriller about the world of cyberwar. For the first time, the film tells the complete story of Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware (known as a “worm” for its ability to burrow from computer to computer on its own) that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

Thursday the 6th of October


18.00 – theater 2
Io, assistente sessuale (Me, sexual assistant)
by Stefano Ferrari
(Italy-Switzerland, 2016, 53′ – Italian competition)

Claire is a teacher, but not only : she is sexual assistant for people with severe disabilities. A generous and courageous woman who  gives words of love and intimate pleasures to people trapped in their disease and loneliness.


20.00 – theater 2
The Weight of Dreams
by Francesco Mattuzzi
(Italy, 2016, 60′ – Italian Competition)

A couple of truckers, he is  Italian, she is  moroccan, who drive a truck and  travels through all of Europe. The stories and personal contrasts of the two protagonists and their cultures clashes in the background of a Europe that the great migratory movements are changing.

20.30 – theater 1
Rupture: Living With My Broken Brain
by Hugh Hudson. (Hugh Hudson and Maryam D’Abo will attend the screening)
(France, 2011, 70′ – International Panorama)

In 2007 former Bond girl Maryam d’Abo suffered a brain haemorrhage. The experience inspired her to make a film on survivors of brain injuries, giving a sense of hope to those isolated by the disease.  As she guides us through her personal journey of recovery, Maryam talks to others who have suffered brain injury, including Robert McCrum, former literary editor of The Observer; Pat Martino, jazz guitarist and music producer Quincy Jones.  Along with testimony of eminent neurosurgeons, neurologists, and neuro-psychologists,  these first-hand stories celebrate human life force and the will to survive.  Directed by Maryam’s husband, Hugh Hudson, who witnessed her illness, this film offers a unique insight into the fragility of the extraordinary human brain.

22.00 – theater 1
Life, Animated  
by Roger Ross Williams (Gianluca Nicoletti, journalist and writer, will introduce the screening)
(USA, 2016, 91′ – International Panorama)

.At three years old, a chatty, energetic little boy named Owen Suskind ceased to speak, disappearing into autism with apparently no way out. Almost four years passed and the only stimuli that engaged Owen were Disney films. Then one day, his father donned a puppet—Iago, the wisecracking parrot from Aladdin—and asked “what’s it like to be you?” And poof! Owen replied, with dialogue from the movie. Sundance festival winner.

Friday the 7th of  october


10.30 – theater 2

RSI, the italian swisse Radio Tv : Focus on funding , the editorial lines and procedures for co-production

Speakers: Diana Segantini (the department responsible for CSR culture), Michael Beltrami (producer CSR stories), Silvana Bezzola Rigolini (producer, responsible for purchasing and CSR documentary co-productions), Bruno Bergomi (producer de LA2DOC).


15.00 – theater 1
The Compensation (Il Risarcimento).
cardinal Romero, his people and pope Francis

by Patrik Soergel, Gianni Beretta
(Switzerland, 2016, 81′ – Out of competition)

The life and murder of cardinal Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, murdered by the military in 1980. His figure has been opposed for years by the most reactionary church hierarchy, until Pope Francis beatified him in May last year.

15.30 – theater 2
by Ludovico Serra, Clelia Scimone, Veronica Vescio, Daniele Gangemi
(Italy, 2015, 25′ – Italian competition)

The documentary tells the story of Marco, an italian artist, who as the Virgil of Dante  guides the viewer into the world of the drag queens, giving space to the most  different views.

to follow.. – theater 2
My nature
by Massimiliano Ferraina e Gianluca Loffredo
(Italy, 2016, 75′ – Italian competition)

Simone is 40 years old and was born in Caserta. He was born with female genitalia, but he always felt a male. After an adolescence marked by painful conflict of identity, at age 28 he decided to change sex and become what he always felt: a man. A story of troubled identity, pain and happiness

17.00 – theater 1
Clandestino: El ejército perdido de la CIA (versiòn TV)
by David Beriain
(Spain, 2016, 100′ – International panorama)

An army of ghosts in Vietnam-era fatigues and old weapons, a guerrilla of mutilated old men and young children living on raw roots, appear like an hallucination when David Beriain finds them in the middle of the Laotian jungle. They call themselves the CIA´s forgotten army and their story goes back in time 1965. The world´s eyes are focused in Vietnam war, but the US is fighting another conflict in the area not so many people know about; Laos, the so called CIA´s secret war, the biggest clandestine operation in the Agency´s history

18.00 – theater 2          
The Viagra Chronicles by Chiara Sambuchi
(Italy/Germany, 2016, 88′ – Italian competition)

“The Viagra Chronicles” is a story of emptiness and loneliness of the Western society. Viagra is the magic elisir of the four protagonists, the medicin to cure all our modern fears? Filmed in United States, Germany, Italy.


19.30 – theater 1
Why I’m Not On Facebook
by Brant Pinvidic
(Canada/USA, 2015, 78′ – International panorama)

One man’s soul searching decision on whether or not he should join Facebook sets him off on an epic journey of self-discovery as he weighs the pros and cons of becoming a member of the world’s largest social network. From long lost friends who use it to find each other, to the pick-up artist who trolls the site to score with women. The criminal who tracks your every movement to know when to rob your house, to the couples bought together and broken apart, the best and worst of Facebook is on display.

20.00 – theater 2
Sotterranea. (Below the city surface)
Viaggio in tre atti nel ventre di Milano (Three steps travel in the bowels of Milano)

by Chiara Campara, Matteo Ninni e Carlo Tartivita
(Italy, 2015, 30′ – Italian competition)

A film on the dark and  forgotten spaces below Milan’s street and surface, and about the forgotten people who work or live there . But it is also the story of the city’s history and its recent past.

to follow.. – theater 2
Il Presidente del Mondo (The President of the world)
by Francesco Merini e Michele Cogo
(Italy, 2016, 50′ – Italian competition)

The documentary tells the story of a small Tuscan village, by the funny  name of California, whose citizens decide, as if they were an overseas state belonging to Usa,  to be entitled to participate in the election of the American president.  With cameos by Oliviero Toscani and Beppe Grillo, not yet launched in his political career…Smart and funny burlesk…

21.00 – theater 1
Everything’s under control
by Werner Boote. (the director will attend the screening)
(Austria, 2015, 93′ – International Panorama)

Facebook, Amazon and Google provide us with around the clock access to the convenient digital world! Surveillance cameras on the streets take care of our security. But who actually collects our fingerprints, iris scans, online shopping preferences, and social media posting? Don´t we care about our privacy anymore?

21.45 – theater 2
L’estate che verrà (The coming summer)
by Claudia Cipriani
(Italy, 2016, 90′ – Italian competition)

“L’Estate che verrà” tells the experiences of three innovative if not revolutionary  italian schools, during a full scholastic year. The passion and the will of some teachers to modernize the teaching methods and the pupils-teachers relationship.

Saturday the 8th of  october


10.30 theater 2

Panel:  From the school to the screen: methods and teaching practices for the Documentary : organized in collaboration with the Civic School of Cinema Luchino Visconti.

Speakers: Nicolas Philibert (Director), Gianfranco Pannone (Director), John Burgan (professor and director).

Coordination: Tonino Curagi (director and teacher Civica) and Fabrizio Grosoli (artistic director Visioni dal mondo, immagini dalla realtà).


14.00 – theater 1

screening of a selection of short documentaries produced by international cinema schools’ students from the  CILECT Prize, in collaboration with the Civic School of Cinema Luchino Visconti:

EDUCATION  by Emi Buchwald
20’, Poland, 2015

TWINS by Pablo Radice
20’, Argentina, 2015

13’, Germany, 2015

15’, UK, 2015

MY SYLICON  LOVE by Sophie Dros
28’, Olanda, 2015

15.30 – theater 2
by  Emanuela Zuccalà e Simona Ghizzoni
(Italy, 2016, 20′ – In competition)

The story of the cruel practice of infibulation, from the voice of the protagonists who practice  or suffer it. Traditions and ancestral cultures, domination of man over woman…but something is changing  and the light of hope starts shining…

to follow … theater 2
by Giulio Filippo Giunti
(Italy, 2016, 62′ – Italian competition)

A history of migration narrated by the protagonists: an italian man willing to change his life, who moves from a big city to  the countryside. He employs, to help him in the farm, Banda, an african migrant. During a year of hard work, he comes to know better Banda, his culture, his life’s philosophy, his thoughts and feelings, and he is fascinated by him. An original picture about a different culture and the profound values of it

16.00 – theater 1
Do not look back
by Francesco Del Grosso
(Italy, 2016, 75′ – Out of competition)

A series of in depth interviews to people unjustly imprisoned. The italian loopholes of the judiciary system

17.45 – theater 1
by Giulia Amati
(Italy, 2016, 80′ – Out of competition)

The journey back to Shashamane in Ethiopia, of a community of Jamaican afro american who have  returned to live in the land of their fathers. But not everything is like they expected…

18.00 – theater 2
The invisible sword
by Massimiliano Cocozza
(Italy, 2015, 61′ – Italian competition)

A documentary that explores the boundary between the imagination in dreams and  the perception of reality of some  blind intellectuals


19.30 – theater 2
The Procession
by Adriana Ferrarese
(Italy/France, 2016, 23′ – Italian competition)

The documentary shows a religious Easter procession that takes place every year in Corigliano Calabro, a small town in southern Italy; a centuries-old religious rite that unveils the behind the curtains power struggle of the village social classes..

to follow.. theater 2
Ero Malerba (I was Malerba)
by  Toni Trupia
(Italy, 2016, 73′ – Italian competition)

Sicily, Mafia Wars, the contradictions of a troubled region, but above all the desire for an intellectual and cultural redemption of a mafia killer, Malerba,  who has entered in the prison illiterate, then graduated, and who has written a book to try to understand Sicily and himself,  crime and legality, good and evil

20.00 – theatre 1
The Crossing
by George Kurian (the director will introduce his screening)
(Norway, 2015, 55′ – International Panorama)

The Crossing takes us along on one of the most dangerous journeys of our time with a group of Syrians fleeing war and persecution, crossing a sea, two continents and five countries, searching for a home to rekindle the greatest thing they have lost – Hope. They make it to Europe, only to find out that the hardest part of their journey still lies ahead. Months of uncertainty and waiting, living in one centre after another, takes a toll on their spirits, as they confront what being a “refugee” means. Selected at 2016 Hot Docs, Toronto.

21.30 – theater 2
dbyNicoletta Nesler e Marilisa Piga
(Italy, 2016, 75′ – Italian competition)

A growing number of Western women choose not to have children. Lunàdigas explores their motivations, sorrows, doubts, feelings and prejudices with irony and subtleness

21.45 – theater 1
Nice People
by Karin af Klintberg, Anders Helgeson
(Sweden, 2015, 96′ – International Panorama)

In only a few years over 3000 Somalis have been added to the population of Borlänge. Mc Donalds is now refereed to as “Little Mogadishu”. The integration is tough. Borlänge has suffered a few industrial blows and unemployment is high. Support for the National Swedish Party (Sverigedemokraterna) is high. Local journalist and jack of many trades Patrik Andersson spends an evening at the pub with some friends talking about what can be done. They conclude that the locals love their football and they love their Bandy. Why not use sport as a bridge to get people closer to each other. Why not start the Somali national team in Bandy in Borlänge.

Sunday the 9th of october


10.30 – theater 2
Passaggio della linea (Crossing the line)
by Pietro Marcello
(Italia, 2007, 60′ – Out of competition)

“Crossing the Line” is a journey across Italy at the rhythm of long-distance express trains. Old trains abandoned to a destiny of slow decay, that cross the peninsula from south to north and from morning to night. Docu is realized with an assembly of images coming from the Cinecitta Luce historical archive

11.30 – theater 2
The Humble Italy (episode ‘9×10 Ninty)
by Pietro Marcello e Sara Fgaier
(Italy, 2014, 10′ – Out of competition)

9 × 10 is a ninty episodes film, assigned to 90 different Italian directors,  to celebrate the ninety years of the Istituto Luce Cinecittà.. Each film, of 10 minutes, is realized with an assembly of images coming from the Cinecitta Luce archive

to follow – in theater 2

“Beyond the real” – Masterclass by Pietro Marcello

Coordinators: Paola Malanga (vice direttore Rai Cinema), Fabrizio Grosoli, the Festival artistic director


14.00 – theater 1
Povere ma belle (Poor but beautiful)
by Viviana Di Russo
(Italy, 2015, 53’ – Out of competition)

A Roman women’s hairdresser, offers  free cutting for poor clients, once a month. And during cutting and styling, the customers tell incredible stories of human suffering and difficulties, but always with a positive attitude and smile and hope.

14.30 – Theater 2
Bella e Perduta
by Pietro Marcello
(Italy, 2015, 86′ – Out of competition)

From the bowels of Vesuvius, Pulcinella, foolish servant, is sent in todays Campania,  to fulfill the last wishes of Thomas, a poor shepherd who wants to rescue a young buffalo named Sarchiapone.

16.00 – theater 1
L’ultima spiaggia (The last beach)
by Thanos Anastopoulos, Davide Del Degan
(Italy/Greece/France, 2016, 135’ – Out of competition)

A year spent in a popular beach in Trieste, where a three-meter high wall still separating men from women. A reflection on the boundaries and identities. A tragicomedy about human nature. Selected out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

18.30 – theater 1
What tomorrow brings
by Beth Murphy
(USA, 2016, 77’ – International Panorama)

With unprecedented access, WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS goes inside the very first girls’ school in one small Afghan village. Never before have fathers here allowed their daughters to be educated, and they aren’t sure they even want to now. From the school’s beginnings in 2009 to its first graduation in 2015, the film traces the interconnected stories of students, teachers, village elders, parents, and school founder Razia Jan.


20.15 theater 1
The closing and awards Ceremony of International Documentary Festival will take place on sunday, 9th october 2016 at 8.15 pm in Sala Tiglio at UniCredit Pavilion.
Festival’s Hosting Lady: Cristiana Capotondi

21.30 theater 1
by Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe
(Usa, 2016, 101′ -International Panorama)

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for students at risk of dropping out. Every student here has fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school. Black Rock is their last chance.