Noir in festival 2022, here is the program of the 32nd edition

From 3 to 9 December appointment with the Milanese event. Among the most anticipated new work of Steven Soderbergh, Kimiwith Zoë Kravitz, (coming soon on Sky and NOW) “Profeti” by Alessio Cremonini, “Silent Night” by Camille Griffin, with Keira Knightley and Lily-Rose Depp and the tribute to Quention Tarantino

The XXXII edition of Noir in Festival takes place in Milan from 3 to 8 December between the now traditional headquarters of the IULM University, the Cinema Arlecchino of the Cineteca di Milano, the Rizzoli Galleria bookshop. Three significant moments of the festival will have equally prestigious venues this year: a place of identity in the city such as the Casa del Manzoni which opens its doors to the five finalist writers of the Giorgio Scerbanenco Prize on 3 December, when the jury chaired by Cecilia Scerbanenco will designate the best Italian noir novel of the year, delivered by a master of the genre like Maurizio De Giovanni; the Multiplex Eliseo which hosts the opening night of the event; the CinéMagenta63 space of the Institut Français in Milan which hosts the tribute to Bertrand Tavernier and our sister festival Quais du Polar in Lyon.

“This choice”, say Marina Fabbri and Giorgio Gosetti, “testifies on the one hand the desire to collaborate with some of the most prestigious Milanese institutions, in the spirit of a widespread festival that seeks out different sectors of the public as is the DNA of the event, from ‘other is part of a lively and existing cultural network, the result of collaboration between the Municipality of Milan and the network of festivals and cultural events in the city”.

Il Noir in festival 2022 is characterized by a new turning point in the character of the selection: in tune with the changing world and the urgencies of a time in which violence and clashes of civilizations fill the scene, even the selected authors feel the pressure of current events. So the international competition is opened by the new film by Alessio Cremonini, Prophets, which follows, with an unexpected twist, the dramatic imprisonment of an Italian journalist in the ISIS military camps. The other film of the first day is Silent Night by Camille Griffin, with Keira Knightley and Lily-Rose Depp

The films in programming


Kimi, trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s film with Zoe Kravitz

Among the 13 films in the official selection (all Italian premieres) there are numerous titles destined to arouse debate: from the Iranian Subtraction by Mani Haghighi who photographs the condition of women today in Iran a Sashenka by Alexander Zhovna, a Ukrainian thriller with a Hitchcockian flavor on deviations and madness that acquires a different meaning if it is placed in the conflict that is digging unbridgeable barriers between two peoples. Then there are Steven Soderbergh’s new work, Kimiwith Zoë Kravitz, coming soon on Sky and NOW, the English Enys Men by Mark Jenkin, the Korean Hunt by Lee Jung-jae (director’s debut for the beloved anti-hero of the series Squid Game) and French Bowling Saturn by Patricia Mazuy, an energetic denunciation of feminicide in the form of a thriller. We continue with one of the most awaited previews of the year, My Name is Alfred Hitchcockthe new work of cinephile genius Mark Cousins ​​(The Story of Film: An Odyssey, March on Rome), the Canadian Viking by Stéphane Lafleur (paradoxical satire on the theme of truth and falsehood, authentic revelation of the year after the Toronto Film Festival), The girl of communion by Víctor Garcia (fresh from his triumph at the Sitges festival). Finally, a little gem of cinephilia dedicated to the genre with Ragtime by Giuseppe Bocassini, who deserved an audience of enthusiasts after the Venetian appearance. Closing the Noir in Festival 2022 will instead be the most beautiful mélo noir of the year, Decision To Leave by Park Chan-wook, winner of the Palme d’Or for best director at the last Cannes Film Festival.

The guests


Top 35 Crime Movies

Guest of honor of the year is definitely Harlan Cobenthe winner of Raymond Chandler Award 2022, now recognized master not only of the noir novel but also of the TV series inspired by his books. Together with him there are many successful writers expected in the Milan days: from Donato Carrisi (now in bookstore with The house of lights for Longanesi) who will dialogue with Coben on the latest novel published by Longanesi The Strangerto Maurice DeGiovanni (author of the newest Fireplace which marks the return of Commissioner Ricciardi, published by Einaudi), by the famous Spanish TV journalist Vicente Valles which builds a gripping spy novel on the history of relations between Russia and the West in Kazan operation (Salani) and tells it in dialogue with Aldo Giannulito Maria Orunawhich explicitly pays homage to the classic “locked room” mysteries in a modern and original novel like What the tide hides (Ponte alle Grazie). We then celebrate the return of Gino Vignali (The Milanese fall in love on SaturdaySolferino Editore), the debut in the noir novel of a talented young director like Cinzia Bomoll with The Girl Who Wasn’t There (Ponte alle Grazie) and the journalist Paolo Maggioni with Commissioner Casablanca’s hot summer (SEM), in dialogue with Luca Crovi and its new The Mystery of the Park Tower and Other Stories(SEM

The tribute to Quentin Tarantino and the film Reservoir Dogs


Quentin Tarantino will shoot an eight-episode series

Right from the image of the year, signed by a Graphic Novel talent such as Paul Bacilierithen it is clear the leap into the past that the Noir in Festival gives itself by recalling the extraordinary edition of 30 years ago when a very young Quentin Tarantino made his debut with Reservoir Dogs while on the screen (and at the festival) Jules Dassin (legendary president of the jury), Theresa Russell, Steven Soderbergh, Kon Ichikawa and tributes to Emile De Antonio, Michael Curtiz, Orson Welles paraded. To recall that year with the literal “apparition” of Tarantino, will be Davide Rapp and Michele Boroni, authors of a documentary-journey in the Italian days of the cinephile director and Gianfranco Giagni, recently in the bookstore with the unpublished theater by Orson Welles Miracle in Hollywood (Sellerio) and already co-author of the documentary Rosabella: the Italian story of Welles. While the 1992 edition will be celebrated with a tribute to Bertrand Tavernier (together with the Institut Français of Milan), a Jules Dassin (with the participation of Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London) and, of course, the films of that year, with the magnificent 4K version of Reservoir Dogs and two other jewels from that selection.

The new Game in Fest section

To complete the Noir 2022 program, the debut of the new section Game in Fest (created with QAcademy and dedicated to the theory and practice of genre gaming between cinema and interactivity), a moment of study aimed at Graphic Novels with Private Venus by Scerbanenco reinterpreted by the pencils of Paolo Bacilieri for Oblomov publisher, the six finalist films of the Claudio Caligari Awardcreated together with IULM University and Cinecittà News, and the magnificent five of the Italian noir novels of Giorgio Scerbanenco Award.

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