Tuscany confirms its focus on reality cinema with the outcome of the Documentary Production Support Funding, part of the Programma Sensi Contemporanei Toscana per il Cinema.
With a total budget of 207,000 euros this year, fifteen documentaries with links to the region were selected from fifty applications for production in 2019. Directly and indirectly, these documentaries all focus on Tuscany and the region’s history and include stories about the cyclist Gino Bartali, the writer Carlo Cassola, the singer Caterina Bueno, the anarchist Bresci and the German consul Gerhard Wolf who saved various works of art.
Another thematic commonality of the successful submissions is art, for example, films about the life and work of cartoonist Guido Crepax, about painter Jan Jedlicka’s love for the Tuscan Maremma and the young, disabled Englishman who expresses himself through sculpture. In addition, there are stories about incredible and unknown experiences such as Wilma Labate’s Arrivederci Saigon which was well received at the 75th Venice International Film Festival and tells the story of five adolescent musicians, catapulted from Tuscany to Vietnam in 1968 to raise the morale of American soldiers.
The support of audiovisual productions bolsters the parallel path with the historic Festival dei Popoli, dedicated exclusively to social documentaries, which has just marked its 59th anniversary. This year the Best Feature-Length Documentary Award in the International Competition was won by Chaco by Daniele Incalcaterra and Fausta Quattrini, which tells of Incalcaterra’s solitary battle to prevent deforestation in the Chaco forest of Paraguay.