Terry Gilliam, Alfonso Cuarón, Matteo Garrone and Jeremy Irons at the Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema 2015

LUCCA, March 3 – Terry Gilliam, Alfonso Cuarón, Matteo Garrone and Jeremy Irons will be the guests of the 11th edition of the Lucca Film Festival, scheduled to take place from March 15 to 22 in various parts of the Tuscan city and of Viareggio. A tribute with screenings, gala evenings and cinema lectures will be dedicated to each guest.

The festival celebrates Canadian Director David Cronenberg – unable to participate due to personal problems yet present via Skype for various appointments – with a complete retrospective of his films, three exhibitions and a concert that offers some of the artist’s most beautiful soundtracks. Among the various events, the programme will also include a tribute to Roberto Nanni, experimental cinema director, as well as a day dedicated to Mario Monicelli (in celebration of the director’s 100th birthday) and the usual international short film Competition.

Scheduled to close the festival, the Lucca Effetto Cinema Notte event, during which the city will become a veritable open film set. The events scheduled to take place in Viareggio are part of the “Europa Cinema” initiative, which beginning this year has been jointed to the Lucca Film Festival.

The international guests in Lucca: Gilliam, Cuarón and Irons

It will be the British film director Terry Gilliam, known for his role in the Monty Python comedy team, who will inaugurate the festival. For the occasion, Gilliam is set to receive the lifetime achievement award and will screen his latest film “The Zero Theorem”. Lifetime achievement awards are also in store for the Mexican film director Alfonso Cuarón and for English actor Jeremy Irons, followed by a screening of “M. Butterfly”, one of the two David Cronenberg films in which Irons stars.  

Guests in Viareggio: Matteo Garrone and Francesco Munzi. Tribute to Monicelli.

Tribute to David Cronenberg (retrospective, exhibitions, concert) between Viareggio and Lucca: the Lucca Film Festival and the Europa Cinema initiative dedicate a complete retrospective to the Canadian director, featuring all his films as well as five shorts. The film tribute will be complemented by three international exhibitions, three in Lucca and one in Viareggio, open to visitors until May 3.

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