LUX Prize winner Andrea Segre to open 66th edition of Locarno Film Festival

Photo from Indebito movie

Another sign of LUX Prize’s good intuition in highlighting the talent of its laureates is brought by the 66th edition of the Locarno Film Festival that will open with a delicious foretaste: the screening of a world premiere documentary called Indebito (“Undeserved”) and scheduled on the Festival first day (August 7) at 3.45 PM in the Auditorum Fevi. This is nothing else than the latest work shot by LUX 2012 winner Andrea Segre (Shun Li and the Poet) who found in the singer-songwriter Vinicio Capossela's voice and music two main characters.


Shun Li and the Poet (Io Sono Li) met with great public approval during its presentation in 2011 at the Mostra del cinema di Venezia and this love story with the audience kept on going through its LUX Prize nomination and Award the next year. Thanks to the LUX FILM DAYS, the film was seen in all the member states of the EU which resulted in great anticipation towards Segre’s work hence — one could easily imply — his selection for the opening of one of the most important and respected international festival less than a year later.


After exploring rough topics correlated to immigration through fiction films and strong documentaries Come un uomo sulla terra and Mare chiuso, now Segre has decided to follow Capossela’s bizarre pace and to vagabond the symbolic place of crisis, a Greece suffocated by debt and crushed under its pressure. A country which meets the “underworld” made of sounds and words produced by the rebetes, that is to say  rebetiko singers – a kind of Hellenic blues, an “undeserved” music which has no authorization and goes against power. A music originated by the desperation of an ancient crisis which contributed to build Greece’s modern identity. Their concerts fill up the all-night taverns of Athens and Thessaloniki where they meet and cross Vinicio Capossela’s path, musician-wanderer who is always ready to interlace his notes with the thoughts of a travel journal.


But the documentary Indebito will not be only shown in Locarno, on August 7: it will go beyond – before and after the screening. At 2.00 PM, in fact, Andrea Segre and Vinicio Capossela are going to take part to a public meeting organized in Spazio Magnolia and moderated by the Artistic Director of the Festival del film Locarno Carlo Chatrian and the journalist Marco Zucchi (live on the radio channel Rete 1, RSI). Then, right after the screening, Capossela is going to perform at a concert with five Greek musicians (Manolis Pappos, Ntinos Chatziiordanou, Vassilis Massalas, Angelos Polychronou and Glauco Zuppiroli) giving the Locarnese audience the opportunity to get in touch with the songs of the album Rebetiko Gymnastasa.


by Cineuropa