Preview of highlights of the 34th Torino LGBTQI Film Festival


Turin LGBTQI Visions


Preview of highlights of the LGBTQI Film Festival that is the oldest in Europe and the third in the world - to be held from 24 to 28 April 2019 at the Museo Nazionale del Cinema and Cinema Massimo in Turin


Special guest of the Festival: Alba Rohrwacher

President of the Feature Film Jury: Yann Gonzalez



From 24 to 28 April 2019 Lovers Film Festival will once again take place at the Multisala Cinema Massimo and Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin. The oldest festival in Europe and the third in the world on LGBTQI themes (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex). The festival is directed by Irene Dionisio, with Giovanni Minerba, co-founder of the festival with Ottavio Mai, as artistic consultant.


Alba Rohrwacher


This year actor Alba Rohrwacher will be the special guest of the event. Well known for her starring roles in some of the major contemporary Italian films, she has won many awards, including the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice International Film Festival, 2 David di Donatello, 1 Nastro d'argento and 2 Globo d'oro awards.


Yann Gonzalez

This year, Yann Gonzalez will be the president of the jury of All the Lovers, the competition section for Feature Films. In 2018 the French film director presented his latest film Knife + Heart at the Cannes Film Festival, after the previous success of You and the Night at the International Critics' Week of 2013, which the French film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma listed among the 10 best films of that year.

Lovers Film Festival all year round

Leading up to the actual Lovers Film Festival in April, a wide range of events have been organised throughout the year. Irene Dionisio, director of Lovers Film Festival says, "The festival has never stopped: from our collaboration with the Cinema a Palazzo Reale Festival in July, where we presented Filippo Timi with Favola, to the preview screenings of Zen by Margherita Ferri and Knife + Heart by Yann Gonzalez, with the directors present in the theatre."

The next event is the screening of Mamma + Mamma by Karole Di Tommaso (15 February, 8.30 pm, at Ambrosio Cinecafè, Screen 2, Corso Vittorio Emanuele 52, Turin). In a way that is poetical yet absolutely modern, the film tells the story of two girls, Karole and Ali, and their desire to become mothers. "As a Festival, we believe it is important to support Mamma + Mamma (to be released in cinemas from 14 February, in Turin from 15 February), because the personal experience the audience sees portrayed on screen is also a very current topic," comments Giovanni Minerba, the founder of the festival, who will present the film and host a Q&A session with the director.  



Lovers Film Festival and the National Museum of Cinema


Lovers Film Festival - Torino LGBTQI Visions has been an integral part of program of events of the National Museum of Cinema in Turin since 2005. "The Museum of Cinema continues to support the festival, not only because of the quality of its films and events, but also because we are aware that Lovers is recognized as a unique opportunity for dialogue and the exchange of ideas," says Sergio Toffetti, president of the National Museum of Cinema.

The festival is funded by the cinema department of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, MiBAC, the City of Torino and the Regione Piemonte council.



Lovers tour

After the screenings in Cagliari and Lecce, the Lovers Tour will end in Rome at the Circolo ARCI Sparwasser (9.30 pm, Via del Pigneto 215) on 16 February 2019. The Lovers Tour is a tour throughout Italy supporting the Nuovi Diritti (new rights) and is the result of the collaboration between Lovers Film Festival and CGIL Nuovi Diritti, aninitiativeof the national workers' union that promotes the secularism of the Italian government, self-determination of the individual and the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The programme includes the short film Odio il rosa (I hate pink) by Margherita Ferri and Watch Without Prejudice vol. 1, a video tribute to George Michael by music story teller Federico Sacchi, twenty years after George Michael's coming out.


Competition Sections
Again this year, Lovers Film Festival will hold four competitions.

  • All the Lovers. International competition for fiction feature films of any genre. The winner will receive the Ottavio Mai Award, as a tribute to the passion and activism of the creator of the festival.
  • Real Lovers. International competition for documentaries, open to documentaries of any genre.
  • Irregular Lovers.  Iconoclasta international competition, open to films of any genre or format. With a special focus on innovation, in both the narrative and visual language.
  • Future Lovers. International competition for short films, open to Italian and international films of any genre or format.