In the Bologna Apennines, on the border with Tuscany, is the hamlet of Porretta Terme, known for its natural hot springs and its film festival. Since 2002, the Porretta Terme Film Festival has been one of the most anticipated cultural events in the spa town and beyond.
The festival aims to be, on the one hand, a chance to promote Italian film and an opportunity to expand the cultural offerings in the area. On the other, it aims to introduce the public (especially younger generations) to the important experience of the Free Film Exhibition of Porretta, which in the 1960s and 1970s allowed people to enjoy previews of foreign films, such as Brazilian Cinema Novo and underground films from the United States of America.
Starting with the first edition, the festival has included a selection of films dedicated to important names in Italian and international cinema. Over the years, new categories have been added:
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