Golden Nights in Bagheria: The best short films of the year on the big screen
November 20 to 21, 2023
Back in Bagheria on Nov. 20 and 21 at the Cinema Capitol Multisala “Le Notti d’Oro,” the world’s most important festival of short films, promoted by the French César Film Academy and the Academy of Italian Cinema – Premi David di Donatello, in collaboration with Animaphix Film Festival.
The screenings, with free admission and subject to availability, will be held at the Capitol Cinema (Room A and Room B) on Monday, Nov. 20 (8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 8:45 p.m.), and Tuesday, Nov. 21 (8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 8:45 p.m.).
This year’s program welcomes a selection of 30 short fiction, documentary and animation films from 30 countries around the world and awarded by their respective film academies with the most prestigious awards: César, Oscar, Bafta, David di Donatello, Goya, Magritte, etc.
Within the collection of “Le Notti d’Oro” will be presented Lorenzo Tardella’s Le Variabili Dipendenti (David di Donatello Award 2023), a film that reflects on the theme of entering adolescence and the clashes with one’s own intimacy at a time in life when there are no rules, and every certainty can collapse in a second; Maria Schneider, 1983 by Lisabeth Subrin (César Award 2023), a documentary filming the short interview the actress gave in 1983 for the French TV show Cinéma Cinémas, where she reflects on the gendered power structures of the film industry and the violations she experienced while living and working within it, particularly on the set of Last Tango in Paris, which she filmed in 1972; An Irish Goodbye by Ross White and Tom Berkeley (Academy Award 2023), which tells the story of two brothers forced to reconnect after the untimely death of their mother; Loop by Pablo Polledri (Goya Award 2023), an animated short film set in a society where each individual has his or her own defined role and commitment, as if in a never-ending cycle, until one couple decides to do something different;
Yaõkwa – Imagem e Memória by Vincent Carelli, Rita Carelli (Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro 2022), a documentary about the Enawenê Nawê Indians, who see for the first time the video recordings of their blood relatives, filmed 25 years earlier, rediscovering the faces of their missing parents, their now-disused costumes and precious ritual songs long forgotten.
“We are pleased to collaborate, for the second year in a row, with the Academy of Italian Cinema – Premi David di Donatello,” says Rosalba Colla, Director of Animaphix Film Festival, “confirming Bagheria as the only Sicilian stage of ‘Le Notti d’Oro,’ an important opportunity to discover the best of contemporary auteur cinema in a two-day event dedicated both to adult audiences, during the evening rounds, and to younger audiences, during matinees aimed at secondary schools in the area.”
He continued: “Personally, I had the pleasure of assisting the David organizers in the creation of a national network of festivals and organizations that presented “Le Notti d’Oro” from Valle D’Aosta to Piedmont, Lazio, Puglia, Basilicata, and even Sicily, in order to promote short film as an autonomous form of expression in Italian arenas and movie theaters.”
“Confirming such a prestigious initiative as “Le Notti d’Oro” is a very important fact not only for the Administration, but for the City of Bagheria. International cinema,” explains Daniele Vella, Councillor for Culture of the City of Bagheria, “returns again this year and continues to fascinate an increasingly attentive and demanding audience. Thanks to those who with professionalism managed to attract the attention of the Academy of Italian Cinema to our territory.”
THE GOLDEN NIGHTS 2023
Bagheria (Palermo) / Capitol Multisala Cinema (Via Roma, 8)
Monday, Nov. 20, screening times: 8:30 a.m.; 11 a.m.; 8:45 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 21, screening times: 8:30 a.m.; 11 a.m.; 8:45 p.m.