Change drives Pesaro fest

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ROME — The radical changes and new trends emerging in traditional European cinema through the influence of immigration and multicultural societies form the principal focus of the 36th Pesaro Intl. Film Festival, which runs June 23-July 1 in the Adriatic coastal town.

One of Italy’s oldest and most respected film events, the Pesaro fest this year comes under the helm of new director Giovanni Spagnoletti, a critic and film history professor at Rome U., who is also founding editor of the specialist film magazine Close-Up.

Titled “European Cinema of the Melting Pot,” the 20-feature program will be accompanied by an interdisciplinary confab and a book of essays. The slate attempts to provide an overview of the cultural interchange being fostered, among others, by Arab and North African filmmakers in France; by Jamaican, Indian and other “colonial” directors in the U.K.; and by filmmakers of Turkish origin in Germany.

Also on the Pesaro lineup is a retrospective of the work of French auteur Jacques Doillon and an eight-title selection of the femme-themed melodramas of Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan.

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