Sardinia, a natural cinema under a starry sky

Una notte in Italia - Tavolara

Sardinia, a natural cinema under a starry sky

In the four smaller islands of Sardinia, places of extraordinary beauty and creative inspiration, a cinematographic festival is staged in summer in four acts, dedicated to directing, acting, writing and soundtracks
Tavolara, a big multifaceted cinema which emerges from the sea

Four festivals in the lesser islands of Sardinia, islands in the Island. Tavolara, a limestone mountain that emerges from the sea, in mid-July turns into an immense cinema with a starry vault of Una Notte in Italia. Established in 1991 to focus on filmmaking and creativity in Italian cinema, it is now a traditional event at national level. Meeting and interaction between the public, artists and experts already starts on board the boats that reach the island leaving from Porto San Paolo near San Teodoro and a little south of Olbia, that is, the three Municipalities involved in the 29th edition. In almost thirty years, the best Italian actors have walked on this unique red carpet surrounded by the waters of the spectacular marine reserve of Tavolara-Capo Coda Cavallo. Una Notte in Italia 2019 is a travelling edition: it start on Tuesday 16 July in the nature reserve of San Teodoro lagoon, then it move to Porto San Paolo on Thursday 18 and then from Friday 19 the screenings are held in the enchanting setting of the island of Tavolara.

La Valigia dell'attore
festivals set in unspoilt and protected areas

From Tavolara to La Maddalena, the journey is short. When one festival finishes, another one starts: from 23 to 28 July: the setting of the “Valigia dellAttore” is made up of different sets in the beautiful island of the archipelago of the same name (Arena La Conchiglia, Fortezza I Colmi and ex Magazzini IIva) and will focus on acting techniques in cinema, theatre and television. Established in 2003, the event is related to important post-war Italian actors, in particular Gian Maria Volonté to whom this event is dedicated. Volonté lived on the island for a long time and chose it as his last home. The 16th edition of festival includes advanced training workshops on acting techniques with screenings and retrospectives of the artistic career of Italian and European actors: while watching sequences of their films. The actors are encouraged to talk and discuss their experiences with academics and film critics, offering fresh and intimate insights on their profession.

Pensieri e Parole - Asinara
immutable places with millennia of history

Asinara is nature, scenery and remembrance. A maximum security prison, mafia bosses, terrorists, 41-bis: as you walk through it, you will hear the silent echo of the events that occurred in its corridors, cells, visiting rooms. Forgotten by the world for over a century, it is like a language that no one has spoken for a long time and that suddenly is living again, though with a very fragile balance. The port of Stintino was once the start of a no-return trip for the prisoner taken to the local Alcatraz. During the “Pensieri e parole, libri e film all’Asinara”, from 10 to 14 July, each spectator can carry a book to donate to the library on the island. The book is a symbol of a film’s dialogues and plots: the festival aims to create visions that draw a new horizon for the cinema. Once a place from which it was impossible to escape, it is now a difficult place to reach: the festival aims at changing the public’s perception that the island is inaccessible. People can walk along the paths of the national park, sit in the evening in front of the screen and chat with film writers, critics and directors. The locations of the 14th edition will be two important places in the history of the Island, the former prison of FornelliCala Reale, where the park is located, and Cala d’Oliva, once the prison headquarters and the guards’ residence.

Una notte in Italia (2010) - Tavolara
villages and rocky coves: evocative locations for the screenings

Screenings, concerts, meetings and seminars to discover the art of music for the cinema: from 2006, Creuza de Mà focuses on music and sounds in films. The festival’s historic location, in mid-September,  is Carloforte, a Tabarchin colony on the Island of San Pietro that has always been a Ligurian enclave in Sardinia. In the last years, part of the festival is held in Cagliari in October. It takes its name from a song by Fabrizio De André, a singer from Liguria who also lived in Sardinia, a land with which he had strong bonds. Conceived and directed by film director Gianfranco Cabiddu, Creuza de Mà evokes the image of Carloforte lanes, steps and alleys that steeply descend to the port. The traditional carrugi, the promenade and the enchanting natural arena of Capo Sandalo – with the audience sitting on the rocks – together with the spectacular views that the city offers, are the setting of four days of screenings, concerts, meetings with composers, directors and actors. The festival is a kind of open workshop: the live performances of the musicians are an opportunity of both entertainment and reflection.