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Taviani's 'Leonora Addio' to compete in Berlin

Adaptation of Pirandello novella bidding for Golden Lion

(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 19 - Italian director Paolo Taviani's 'Leonora Addio' will compete for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival on February 10-16, organizers said Wednesday.
    The film is an adaptation of the 1910 novella of the same name by Nobel prize winning novelist Luigi Pirandello.
    It also recounts the adventurous journey of the great writer's ashes from Rome to his Agrigento home, and their eventual interment 15 years after his death.
    Paolo Taviani, 90, who until the death of his brother Vittorio at 88 in 2018 was one part of the most successful Italian auteur filmmaking partnership, said "it's really good news that the Berlin Festival will be in person.
    "Yes', it's a good challenge to the virus that is persecuting us.
    "It is cinema that is fighting and Berlin is a festival that does not get discouraged and always seeks novelty in world cinema".
    At the Cannes Film Festival the Taviani brothers won the Palme d'Or and the FIPRESCI prize for Padre Padrone in 1977 and the Grand Prix du Jury for La notte di San Lorenzo (The Night of the Shooting Stars, 1982).
    In 2012 they won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival with Caesar Must Die. (ANSA).


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