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46th edition of the Villerupt Italian Film Festival from October 27 to November 12

The opening ceremony of this 46th edition of the Villerupt Italian Film will take place this Friday, October 27 from 8 p.m. at the Arche 1 Esplanade Nino Rota in 54190 VILLERUPT, new Cultural Center of the city of Villerupt.

The opening ceremony of this 46th edition of the Villerupt Italian Film will take place this Friday, October 27 from 8 p.m. at the Arche 1 Esplanade Nino Rota in 54190 VILLERUPT, new Cultural Center of the city of Villerupt (built for memory on the industrial wastelands of the former Micheville steel factory closed in 1971) and will be followed by the screening of the film “A PARTICULAR DAY” (UNA GIORNATA PARTICOLARE) by Ettore Scola, a special tribute to which will be paid to him this year with the screening of no less than seven films on show.

THE THEME OF THIS 46th edition 2023 of the Italian film by Villerupt

Miracle in Milan – Lombardy


Milan cannot boast of a glorious past in the history of cinema in Italy, unlike Turin, Naples, and of course Rome, which from the 1930s became the undisputed center of cinema production. Milan took its revenge with the advent of private television channels and the centralization carried out by Silvio Berlusconi from 1976 which led to the creation of Mediaset, a competitor to Rai.

For the record and reminder: Luchino Visconti, undoubtedly one of the most famous Lombards in the field of entertainment, staging operas at La Scala and cinematographic masterpieces, collaborated with Jean Renoir in Paris in 1936. He, the aristocrat coming from fascist Italy, encounters cinema and the Popular Front, a double experience decisive for his career. In 1960, he directed Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Rocco and his brothers) in Milan. The previous year, Il vedovo (The Widower) was released on Italian screens by another Milanese, Dino Risi, who trained locally by directing short films and assisting other filmmakers on more ambitious shoots, before migrating to the capital in 1951. Luigi Comencini, born in Salò, on the Lombard shore of Lake Garda, followed a similar path.

Sentenza, creator of the official 2023 poster

Real name Caroline Labadie, Senten za is a graphic designer and illustrator born in December 1993. Graduated with the distinction “Excellent” from the Master of Artistic Direction from ESAG PENNINGHEN in June 2017, she is today known for her achievements of film posters both for France and for foreign countries. She notably signed the visuals for Tre Piani (Nanni Moretti), Anima Bella (Dario Albertini), Citizens of the World (Gianni Di Gregorio) and Storia di Vacanze (Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo). With two friends from Penninghen, she created the visual and digital communications agency Komodo and designed with them the trophies of the Prix des Indés de la musique which reward the winners of independent labels. She has also produced 2D animated films, drawing books, ceramics and embroidery.


– Ivano DE MATTEO, director // MIA October 28-29 Meeting Saturday October 28 7:00 p.m. ARCHE 1 Meeting Sunday October 29 8:30 p.m. KULTURFABRIK

– Emilia MAZZACURATTI director // BILLY October 28-29 Meeting Saturday October 28 8:30 p.m. ARCHE 2 Meeting Sunday October 29 5:30 p.m. KULTURFABRIK

– Neri MARCORÈ, Director // ZAMORA, actor // QUANDO October 31 and November 1 QUANDO meeting Tuesday October 31 7:00 p.m. ARCHE 1

– ZAMORA meeting Wednesday November 1, 4:30 p.m. ARCHE 1 and 8:30 p.m. KULTURFABRIK

– Lyda PATITUCCI, director // COME PECCORE IN MEZZO AI LUPI Oct 31 – Nov 1 Isabella RAGONESE, actress // COME PECCORE IN MEZZO AI LUPI Nov 1 Meeting Tuesday October 31 8:30 p.m. CITY HALL

Meeting Wednesday, November 1, 5:30 p.m. KULTURFABRIK

– Jean GILI, critic, Carte Blanche to Ettore SCOLA // AWFUL, DIRTY AND NASTY and LA TERASSE 02-03 Nov

– Meeting AWFUL, DIRTY AND NASTY Thursday, November 2, 8:30 p.m. ARCHE 2 Meeting LA TERASSE Friday, November 3, 2:00 p.m. MJC AUDUN-LE-TICHE

– Daniel VICARI, director // ORLANDO November 4-05 Meeting Saturday November 4 8:30 p.m. CITY HALL Meeting Sunday November 5 5:30 p.m. KULTURFABRIK

– Marescotti RUSPOLI, director // AMUSIA November 4 and 5 Meeting Saturday November 4 8:30 p.m. KULTURFABRIK Meeting Sunday November 5 5:30 p.m. ARCHE 2

– René MARX, deputy editor-in-chief, l’Avant-Scène Cinéma // LEOPARDI November 8 Meeting Wednesday November 8 10:00 a.m. ARCHE 2

– Sophie CHIARELLO, director // IL CERCHIO November 07-08 Meeting Tuesday November 7 8:30 p.m. ARCHE 2

Meeting Wednesday, November 8, 8:30 p.m. CNA STARLIGHT

– Jasmine TRINCA, Portrait, actress // LA NOUVELLE FEMME NOV 10 AND 11 Léa TODOROV, director // LA NOUVELLE FEMME NOV 10 AND 11 Meeting Friday November 10 8:30 p.m. ARCHE 1

Meeting Saturday, November 11, 6:15 p.m. CITY HALL


2 HDV exhibitions:

– 1 on Milan and Lombardy
– 1 on Ettore SCOLA



Sponsored by the Departmental Council of Meurthe-et-Moselle, the Amilcar du Jury distinguishes a film from a selection of first and second works.


The 46th edition of the Villerupt Festival will have the pleasure and honor of welcoming Dominique Besnehard (film producer, actor and artistic agent) as president of the Feature Film Jury. Within this jury which will meet during the first weekend of the festival, he will be surrounded by Marie Jung (actress), Bruno Putzulu (actor), and Anne-Dominique Toussaint (producer).

Dominique BESNEHARD was born on February 5, 1954 in Bois-Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine).

He was, first of all, an influential casting director, after Margot Capelier, before being one of the greatest French artistic agents, representing numerous actors, such as Jean-Louis Trintignant, Michel Blanc, Alain Chabat, Richard Anconina, Rupert Everett, Christophe Lambert, and also many actresses, Jeanne Moreau, Line Renaud, Anouk Aimée, Isabelle Adjani, Sophie Marceau, Nathalie Baye, Béatrice Dalle, Cécile de France, Charlotte Gainsbourg, to name only the last few, and directors, François Ozon, Xavier Beauvois, Cédric Kahn and Josée Dayan, within the Artmedia agency.

In 2006, he created the company Mon Voisin Productions with Michel Feller and became a producer.

In 2008, the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival existed thanks to its collaboration with Marie-France Brière.

Since 2016, he has been the “Monsieur Cinéma” of France 5, presenting the show Place au cinéma.

Dominique Besnehard is also an accomplished actor with unforgettable supporting roles in 37.2° le matin, Un indienne dans la ville, Pédale Douce, or even Asterix and Obélix Mission Cléopâtre, and more notable ones such as the one where he plays the brother of Sandrine Bonnaire in the magnificent film by Maurice Pialat (A Nos Amours), and more recently, where he is the partner of Jean-Louis Trintignant in this memorable scene from Happy End by Michael Haneke.


Sponsored by the Moselle Departmental Council, a jury made up of media professionals awards a prize from a selection of previews.

Editor-in-chief of TROISCOULEURS magazine

Born in Nancy, Timé Zoppé grew up and studied in Lorraine until obtaining a master’s degree in cinema from the IECA. After a stint at the Créteil women’s film festival and in the production company Kidam, ten years ago she joined the editorial staff of the monthly cinema TROISCOULEURS, published by mk2, and was named editor-in-chief at the start of the year. In March 2022, she created the Queer Gaze section on the magazine’s website, which aims to diversify views on films from all eras.


Film critic, founding member of the Luxembourg Cinematographic Press Association.

Thibaut Demeyer has been a freelance film critic for almost 40 years. He works in both the written and radio press with Belgian and Luxembourg media. A medalist from the Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters of Paris as an author, critic and photographer, he is also a founding member of the ALPC (Luxembourg Association of the Cinematographic Press) as well as an administrator of the APPCB (Professional association of the Belgian film press). Currently, he is the official film critic for the site www.info-lux.com.

Journalist at Inrockuptibles

After studying history and literature at the Sorbonne, Cécile Desclaux began as a cinema journalist in the editorial office of AlloCiné before participating in the launch and development of the professional cinema magazine Boxoffice Pro, intended for the distribution and of cinematographic exploitation, and its variations to the general public. Independent editor and proofreader, she joined the editorial staff of Les Inrockuptibles in 2021, first as digital editor before becoming editorial secretary for the monthly magazine.

Pascal LE DUFF
Film review for Le Télégramme de Brest and critique-film.fr

Film critic for Le Télégramme de Brest and the site critique-film.fr, Pascal Le Duff is a member of the French Union of Cinema Critics and has been a judge at several festivals including those of Pantin, Trouville, Poitiers, Grenoble and Paris Short Front. He is part of the selection committees of the Kinotayo festivals in Paris, dedicated to Japanese cinema, and the European Fantastic Film Festival in Strasbourg.

Cinema journalist for Télérama

Having worked with the editorial staff of TSF Jazz radio then the culture pages of Le Parisien, Augustin Pietron-Locatelli has been collaborating with Télérama since 2022 for cinema, documentaries and series. Half-Lorraine, half-Italian, he has written a lot about today’s transalpine political cinema… and has regularly come to the Villerupt festival since he was little.


– AMUSIA Jury / Youth Jury
Marescotti Ruspoli

– ANNA Critical Jury
Marco Amanta

– BILLY Jury /Youth Jury
Emilia Mazzacurati

David Minnella

Lyda Patitucci

Alessandro Bardani

– LA BELLA ESTATE Critical Jury
Laura Luchetti

Alice Rohrwacher

– THE NEW WOMAN Critic Jury
Lea Todorov

– THE BRAID Critical Jury
Laetitia Colombani

Andrea Zuliani

– UOMO SENZA COLPA Jury / Youth Jury
Ivan Gergolet

– PATAGONIA Jury / Youth Jury
Simone Bozzelli

– PRIMADONNA Critical Jury
Marta Savina

Annarita Zambrano

– STRANIZZA D’AMURI Jury /Youth Jury
Giuseppe Fiorello


Each year, the City of Villerupt awards an Amilcar to an Italian filmmaker for their entire career.

This year, the City of Villerupt will award an Amilcar to actress and director Jasmine Trinca.

Jasmine TRINCA
Actress and director

In 2001, while still a teenager, Jasmine Trinca was chosen by Nanni Moretti to play Irene in La stanza del figlio (The Son’s Bedroom), which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Two years later she was Giorgia in La meglio gioventù (Our best years), by Marco Tullio Giordana, winner of the Un certain regard prize at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005, she played in Manuale d’amore (Italian Love Lessons) by Giovanni Veronesi and in Romanzo Criminale by Michele Placido.

In 2006, Nanni Moretti called on her again as the female protagonist of Il Caimano (The Cayman), then, in 2007, she played in Piano Solo by Riccardo Milani.

In 2009, at the Venetian Film Festival, she won the Premio Marcello Mastroianni (best promising actor) for her performance in Il grande sogno (The Italian Dream), by Michele Placido.

2011 marks her debut in French cinema: she is again at Cannes in L’Apollonide by Bertrand Bonello (which she returns to in 2014 for Saint Laurent) then in 2013 she is at the Locarno Festival in Another Life, by Emmanuel Mouret.

2013 was a brilliant year for her: as best actress she received the Nastro d’Argento (awarded by the Italian National Union of Cinema Journalists) for her performance in Un giorno devi andare, by Giorgio Diritti, and the Globo d’ oro (prize awarded by the foreign press) for Miele, by Valeria Golino.

In 2015, she starred alongside Sean Penn and Javier Bardem in The Gunman, by Pierre Morel. The same year, she played in Nessuno si salva da solo, by Sergio Castellitto and in Maraviglioso Boccaccio (Italian Tales), by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.

After Slam – Tutto per una ragazza (Andrea Malaioli, 2016), she reunited with Sergio Castellitto in 2017 for Fortunata, which earned her the Un Certain Regard Acting Prize at Cannes, as well as the David di Donatello and the Nastro d’ argento.

In 2018, she played Ilaria Cucchi in Sulla mia pelle (On my skin), by Alessio Cremonini,

Then, among others, in Euforia (Valeria Golino, 2018), Croce e delizia (Simone Godano, 2019), which earned her the Globo d’oro Simple Woman (Chiara Malte, 2019), La Dea Fortuna (Forever, Ferzan Özpetek , 2019) which earned him again David di Donatello and Nastro d’argento, The Story of My Wife (L’histoire de ma femme, Ildikó Enyedi, 2021) and Supereroi (Superheroic Lovers, Paolo Genovese, 2021) .

In 2018, she made her theater debut in The Sickness of Death, directed by Katie Mitchell. In 2020, she is Allegra in Guida romantica a posti perduti (The Ballad of Lost Hearts) by Giorgia Farina.

The same year she directed Being My Mom, her first short film which was presented at the Venice Film Festival (Orizzonti section), followed in 2022 by the feature film Marcel!, presented in the official selection at the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

In 2023, she is the protagonist of Profeti (Alessio Cremonini) and La Nouvelle femme (Léa Todorov).

We will soon see her in the series La Storia (Francesca Archibugi), Supersex (Matteo Rovere, Francesco Carrozzini and Francesca Mazzoleni) and L’arte della gioia (Valeria Golino).

More information, complete programming, debates, meetings on the dedicated website of the Villerupt Italian Festival

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