9th Lecce Festival of European Cinema
Italy, April 15 - April 20 2008
The Festival of European Cinema, held in the historical town of Lecce in the south of Apulia, is one of the small festivals with mostly regional visitors. In competition, for which the FIPRESCI prize is also given, ten films were shown this year many of which had been shown at other festivals and won prizes before.
A number of side programs and conferences complete the festival. In the past, the most important, were the retrospectives devoted to Krzysztof Zanussi, Carlos Saura, Otar Iosseliani, Jules Dassin, Andrzej Wajda, Edgar Reitz, Andrej Tarkovski and Theo Angelopoulos, and to the Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov this year. (Thomas Rothschild)
Lecce Festival of European Cinema: www.festivaldelcinemaeuropeo.it