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Valletta Film Festival 2019 When a City becomes a Cinema

The fifth edition of the Valletta Film Festival will take place at various venues around Malta’s capital city from 14 to 23 June 2019. Over 40 feature films will be exhibited during the festival in various competitive and non-competitive sections.

Acclaimed Hungarian Film Director Bela Tarr (The Turin Horse, Man From London, Satantango) will be attending this year’s festival and will be delivering a masterclass to film-makers on 22 June. Italian film director Liliana Cavani will also be attending the festival – a screening of her film The Night Porter will be held on 17 June. She will deliver a masterclass on the following day.

Among the films showing at VFF 2019 is Synonyms, this year’s Golden Bear winner at the Berlinale. The French-Israeli co-production directed by Nadav Lapid tells the story of Yoav, a young Israeli, determined to wipe out his origins and become French.

The Valletta Film Festival will be honouring the memory and work of the late Agnès Varda by screening her last film Varda by Agnès. The film forms part of the “Without Borders” selection that will showcase francophone films

The “Islanders” section will feature a production from Malta – Baħar Żmien (Of Time and the Sea) by Peter Sant – an allegorical film about a state of inactivity that explores the usefulness and pain of memory, starring Ruth Borg and Narcy Calamatta.

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