66. Trento Film Festival

Discover the starring players at the 66th Trento Film Festival

Published 10/04/2018

The 66th edition of the Film Festival is scheduled from 26 April to 6 May. A record number of 710 films applied, with 149 selected (including films for schools and families) and 25 competing, and a total of 150 events are on offer, including evenings, meetings, exhibitions and conferences. Japan is the country featured in the “Destination…” section. Numerous national previews at the MontagnaLibri fair.


The programme of the 66th edition of Trento Film Festival was revealed today in Milan, at the headquarters of CAI, and includes a wide range of films and events. The Festival will be inaugurated with a special evening (at 9 pm on 26 April at the Teatro Sociale) featuring the silent movie Visages d’enfants, by Jacques Feyder, set in the mountains and one of the most famous films about childhood in the history of film, accompanied by live music with the Città Aperta Orchestra (founded in Fossa, in the province of Aquila) written and conducted by the renowned composer Carlo Crivelli.

Many renowned mountaineers will animate the evening events, including Reinhold Messner, Hansjoerg Auer, Hervé Barmasse, Manolo, Adam Ondra, Nicola Tondini, Denis Urubko, Emilio Previtali and Alex Txikon. There will also be Tommy Caldwell, one of the most famous American climbers, who became a legend two years ago, after he completed the first free climb of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan in the Yosemite Park, the most difficult big wall in the world, together with Kevin Jorgeson. The feat attracted the attention of the international media, and he even received a tweet of congratulations from President Obama.

A major evening event will be dedicated to mountaineering in Trentino, during which homage will be paid to the unforgettable Bruno Detassis (on the tenth anniversary of his death this year), to explore how ways of experiencing the mountains have changed, through the testimony of those who knew him and the stories of leading players in climbing today. For the first time an exhibition will be dedicated to the great mountaineer, in collaboration with SAT (Società degli Alpinisti Tridentini).

However, it will also be a festival marked by “women’s stories”, with the testimony of two special guests: Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, a leading mountain guide in Nepal and the first woman in her country to have climbed the K2, who was awarded the National Geographic “Adventure of the Year” Prize in 2016 for the courage she showed during the earthquake in Nepal in 2015; and Nasim Eshqi, an Iranian free climber, the only woman in Iran to make outdoor climbing her profession. They are two extraordinary figures of our times, for whom the mountains have become a way of life and a means of female emancipation, in contrast with the culture of their countries.

The special guests include the actor and director Rocco Papaleo, with a fascinating and enthralling theatre performance about his passion for walking, and the many times cycling champion Francesco Moser, a guest of the Festival at the world preview of Nello Correale’s film about his life – Moser: scacco al tempo (at 9 pm on 2 May at the Supercinema Vittoria).

Two works given their Italian premiere will open and close the film programme of the 66th Trento Film Festival: the spectacular French sport and adventure film Tout là-haut, by Serge Hazanavicius, shot in the mountains of Chamonix and the Himalayas, and Renzo Carbonera’s Resina, set in the Cimbrian community of Luserna, in Trentino.

Furthermore, an enormous range of books will be on display at the 32nd edition of the international mountain publishing fair “MontagnaLibri”, which returns with a programme of meetings of the highest quality, incorporating numerous national previews and seeing the participation of famous authors, including Paolo Cognetti, Susanna Tartaro, Ilaria Tuti, Stefano Ardito, Tommy Caldwell, Francesco Vidotto, Manolo, Giorgio Amitrano and Yōko Tawada.

There will also be two important theatrical events: one about mountaineering, for all enthusiasts of major feats, entitled Un alt(r)o Everest, by and with Mattia Fabris and Jacopo Bicocchi; the other, called “Si slancia nel cielo, is targeted at children and adults, to allow them to approach the world of the mountains in an exciting and entertaining way, with Lucio Gardin.

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