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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 “regional” cinema.

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. 

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