The Valpolicella Film Festival’s second edition will be organized around four key themes: the journey, the far lands, the discovery, and the wild lands. Screenings at Villa Albertini (Sala Becinema) in Negrar from October 4 to 7, and an ecological walk, food and wine voyage, and solidarity with the Valpolicella Green Meeting on Sunday, October 8.

The Valpolicella Film Festival program

Four days of films, each with a different theme. On Wednesday, October 4, the festival kicks off with the journey, and the first picture in the lineup will be “Luca” (USA, 2021) by Enrico Casarosa. The animated feature film, which will be shown in classrooms, is about two friends who realize they are marine creatures from a realm beneath the surface.

The meeting with Silvano Paiola’s photography exhibition, 10 Years with the Wolves of the Lessini Mountains, will take place at 7 p.m. The first day will conclude with Sean Penn’s film Into The Wild (USA, 2007): the actual story of Christopher McCandless, known as Alex Supertramp, who, after graduating from college, decides to quit everything and live amid the Alaskan ice.

The second day will be dedicated to faraway lands. The origins of the Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear are explored in the morning school screenings of Angus MacLane’s documentary Lightyear, the true story of Buzz. An opportunity to speak with explorer Marco Comencini about “Nepal” will be possible, opening at 7 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., there will be an appointment to see the documentary Trophy (UK, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, USA, 2017), which is an in-depth investigation of the hunting industries. The experts examine the complicated effects of the sport on everything from farming to animal conservation in the United States and Africa.

The discovery day is Friday, October 6. The Shape of Water (USA, 2017) by Guillelmo Del Toro will be shown at 8:30 p.m. after the meeting with the explorer, La Venta Association, Naica: Secrets of the Crystal Cave at 7 p.m. The 2017 Best Picture and Best Soundtrack Oscar winner tells the story of a mute woman who works in a secret government lab where military experiments are conducted. When she discovers a weird monster residing in a water-filled tank, her life is irrevocably altered.

On Saturday, October 7, Wild lands will wrap up the festival after its fourth day. The event begins at 7 p.m. with a musical interlude and a showing of Harrison Ford’s Harrison Sanders’ The Call of the Wild (Canada, USA, Portugal, 2020). The story of Buck, a golden-hearted dog whose peaceful domestic existence is upended when he is abruptly removed from his home in California and relocated to the Alaskan wilderness, is drawn from the literary classic by Jack London.

During the four days event, organized by VGML (Verona Green Movieland), a food truck will be present on all days, and the films will cost 5 euros each.

Sunday, October 8: Valpolicella Green Meeting

Meet the Plastic Free volunteers for an ecological stroll on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Villa Albertini, where the Mosaika orchestra will present a musical investigation of the sounds and voices of various humanities at 6 o’clock in the Becinema Hall for Explora. A moment of leisure with Sapori DiVini will follow in the afternoon with a tour of food and wine in support of the children’s charity Unicef. Reservations are necessary, and there is a participation fee of 35 euros.

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