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Tribute: Edoardo Winspeare

CROSSING EUROPE devotes this year’s TRIBUTE to the Italian director Edoardo Winspeare, an auteur filmmaker par excellence. Through decades of intense engagement with his home region, the social, political and economic changes and the cultural shifts in Apulia, he is an important representative of so-called “neo neo-realism” cinema.

The decade at the beginning of the 1980s must be regarded as a significant break in Italian film. Dubbing trimmed to standard language increasingly gave way to direct sound. Viewers were suddenly confronted with a multitude of language variations, and marginalized regions became interesting for the screen. Sicily and Naples started the trend, Apulia followed in the 90s. While Sergio Rubini immortalized the region around Bari in film, Edoardo Winspeare shot his first feature film in 1996 in the micro-region of Salento in the extreme south-east. Since then he has located almost all his films in the vicinity of Lecce. (Markus Vorauer, film scholar)

Edoardo Winspeare was born in 1965 in Klagenfurt, Austria, but since his earliest childhood he has lived in Salento in the south of Italy. He began his career in film as an assistant editor in New York; in 1988 he was accepted at the University of Film and Television in Munich, which also co-produced his feature film debut PIZZICATA. In the course of his nearly 30-year career, Winspeare has created about 40 works. In addition to the six feature films, these also include documentaries, short films and advertising films. In 1992 he co-founded the the band Officina Zoé, which has been influential in reanimating the traditional rhythms and dances (like Pizzica and Tarantella) of Salento and has also provided music for Winspeare’s films. He also organizes cultural festivals in his home region and is actively involved in the protection of the regional landscape.

For the coming festival edition, a presentation of his six feature films is planned in conjunction with the TRIBUTE section, including his current film LA VITA IN COMUNE, which celebrated its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in 2017. Edoardo Winspeare will present his films in Linz in person – accompanied by the leading actress from his last two films, Celeste Casciaro – and will also offer insights into his mode of working and his creative output during a “Director‘s Talk”.  

PIZZICATA (IT, DE 1996), 91 min.

SANGUE VIVO / LIVE BLOOD (IT 2000), 95 min.

IL MIRACOLO / THE MIRACLE (IT 2003), 93 min.

GALANTUOMINI / BRAVE MEN (IT 2008), 100 min.

IN GRAZIA DI DIO / QUIET BLISS (IT 2014), 127 min. – Austrian premiere CROSSING EUROPE 2015

LA VITA IN COMUNE / THE ARK OF DISPERATA (IT 2017), 110 min. – Österreichpremiere

// The Tribute 2018 is conducted in cooperation with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Vienna and with kind support from Istituto Luce Cinecittà. // The selected films will also be shown with Edoardo Winspeare present and in cooperation with Stadtkino Wien from Monday, 30 April to Thursday, 3 May in the cinema Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus for the audience in Vienna as well. //