This year the River Film Festival celebrates its 14th edition with 20 days of screenings and an amazing selection of international independent movies. The films, as always, will be shown at the city gate of Porta Portello, on a screen built on a raft moored in the middle of the Piogevo River, once used for trade between Padova and Venice. The River Film Festival is an extremely popular event: in 2016 more than 4000 spectators participated in the Festival, among whom 200 were international guests coming from all over the world. The River Film Festival offers 7 categories – Virtual Reality, Italian Outlooks, Queer Shorts, International Horizons, Animation, Documentaries, School of Cinema – and prides itself in discovering young emerging artists and treating themes close to the sensibility of teens and young adults.

ÉCU is excited to announce that on the 6th of September a selection of movies from the 2019-2020 ÉCU official selection will be screened in Italy as part of the River Film Festival competition!

The selected movies are the following:

Bathhouse Drummer – Treey Liu (China, 2019)

Shōta runs into a century-old bathhouse where he finds inspiration in the back-beating massage rhythm. Shōta decides to organize a performance in the bathhouse for his new friend Wang Fushun.

Bear With Me – Daphna Awandish (Netherlands, 2019)

Through moving interviews, Bear With Me reveals the many difficulties prevalent for those who cross borders in order to be with the ones they love.

The Chef – Hao Zheng (USA, 2019)

In the near future, when all labor works are replaced by humanoids, a Chinese chef, Pu (60s) is ordered to pass on his cooking skill to a humanoid robot William.

Manara – Zayn Alexander (Lebanon, 2019)

Tragedy strikes when the Zayyad family loses its patriarch under mysterious circumstances, leaving the surviving members to fend for themselves within a judgmental community in Southern Lebanon.

A jar of nuts – Savvas Stavrou (Cyprus / Greece / UK, 2019)

Still living at home, a lonely forty-year old devises an intricate plan to take his life after his mother dies. As the day progresses, he allows excuses to stop him, oblivious to the true reason behind his stalling.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Mads Koudal (Denmark, 2019)

A woman’s lifelong relationship with her disabled daughter is changed forever when she receives an unwanted letter.

Dorris 85 – Grace Philips (USA, 2019)

While trying to maintain composure and a sense of normalcy in a tough situation, Dorris Havemeyer struggles to keep up her spirits while celebrating a significant birthday.

The Manchador – Kaveh Tehrani (Norway, 2020)

Mina and Saeed live a stressful life in the Iranian capital, Tehran. Being a woman in Iran is not easy so Saeed invents a device that places the responsibility for the hijab where it belongs – with the men whose gaze women need protection from.

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