‘Boys Cry’ and ‘Styx’ are the first films selected for Official Competition

The Italian feature film ‘Boys Cry’ by brothers Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo and the Austrian, German Co-production ‘Styx’ are the first titles selected for Official Competition at Valletta Film Festival 2018.

A total of seven feature films will compete for five Triton awards adjudicated by an international jury. The awards handed out in this section are Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Performance, Best Cinematographer and Best Screenplay. All films in this section are also eligible for the Valletta Film Festival Audience Award.

All feature films in competition are premiered at the flagship venue of the festival, Pjazza Teatru Rjal.

‘Boys Cry’ tells the story of Mirko and Manolo, two friends living in the suburbs of Rome. They both live in poor conditions and struggle with occasional odd jobs to make ends meet and together they share dreams of women, of sex and money, of a better life to come. After a road accident, they get involved with the local mafia and their lives change dramatically.

Commenting about their film the brothers D’Innocenzo said that they wanted to make a film that tells how very easily we get accustomed to evil. The film stars Andrea Carpenzano, Matteo Olivetti, Milena Mancini, Max Tortora and Luca Zingaretti.

The second film announced today is ‘Styx’, directed by Wolfgang Fischer and filmed in Malta in 2016. The film depicts the transformation of a strong woman torn from her contented world during a sailing trip when she becomes the only person to come to the aid of a group of refugees.

The full programme for the Valletta Film Festival will be launched in May, with festival passes already on sale here.

The Valletta Film Festival is supported by Arts Council Malta through the Cultural Partnership Agreement. The official partners of the festival in 2018 are HSBC Bank Malta, The Phoenicia Malta and Valletta 2018.

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