Adriano Valerio at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival
Adriano Valerio at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival
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EICAR Alumnus’s short film premiered at Venice Film Critics’ Week

Events - 2 September 2020 - by Camille Schaub

Five years after the selection of his feature film, Director Adriano Valerio comes back to Venice International Film Critics’ Week. His latest short film Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Cartage) will be screened during the festival’s Opening Ceremony.

Adriano Valerio: from Law School to Filmmaking

After completing his Bachelor Degree in Law at the University of Milan, followed by film studies at Marco Bellochio’s film workshop, Adriano Valerio moved to France where he studied and graduated from EICAR Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking.

Adriano Valerio at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival

Adriano Valerio at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival

Valerio is an alumnus of both the Berlinale Talent Campus (2012) and the Locarno Film Academy (2012). He is part of EICAR Faculty Membership and teaches Film Directing and Film Analysis at EICAR, and co-organizes the School’s Master ClassLecture Series.

Valerio’s films: from Cannes to Venice

In 2013, his short film 37°4S was awarded Special Mention at Cannes Film Festival. Director Valerio’s short film also won the David di Donatello and the Nastro d’Argento (2014).

His first feature film Banat – the Journey was presented at Venice International Film Critic’s Week in 2015. It was shown in more than 65 film festivals worldwide, and nominated for the David di Donatello for Best Emerging Director.

In 2017, Director Valerio’s short Mon Amour Mon Ami was selected at Venice International Film Festival (Orizzonti Competition) and at Toronto International Film Festival. The film was awarded with the Amnesty Award in Paris and Bridging the Borders Award in Palm Springs (2018).

The Eagles of Cartage: back to Venice

After several months where major international film festivals were canceled or postponed, Venice International Film Festival and Critic’s Week will mark a new beginning for the film industry.

Five years after his first selection in Venice, Adriano Valerio presents Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Cartage).

February 14, 2004, Radès Olympic Stadium, Tunis. The whole nation stands behind The Eagles of Carthage in the Africa Cup Final against Morocco. After many defeats they are just one step away from glory. Fifteen years after the match, Tunisians still recall the emotion of a day that deeply affected the History of the country.

The Eagles of Cartage, by Adriano Valerio

The Eagles of Cartage, by Adriano Valerio

“Football is understandably hated by many people, notes Adriano Valerio, because it is a system with an immense economic impact, which suffocates other sports and above all many topical issues.

In contrast, I am part of the huge community that loves this game, and perhaps even of a smaller cult that is obsessed with it, in the sense that football fascinates me in all its aspects: as tactics, occupation of spaces, enhancement of the individual through the collective and of the collective through the individual.

I like sports literature, but I also love football as a social phenomenon and as a popular ritual.

The film tries to make all these aspects coexist.”

The film will be screened as the Special Event Opening short film. Three other screenings are scheduled during the Film Critic’s Week.

Thursday 03.09
2.00pm Hall Perla
All accreditations

Friday 04.09
7.30pm Hall Astra 1
Public, All accreditations
7.45pm Hall Astra 2
Public, All accreditations