Born in 2005, Biografilm Festival takes place every year in the city of Bologna, Italy, in June. Biografilm Festival is the only international event entirely committed to promote and support biographies and life tales. The aim of Biografilm Festival is to find and to show life paths and experiences, big and small stories that influenced and determined the world history.

During its 11 days of programming, Biografilm Festival has always dedicated wide visibility and attention to the best and most compelling biopics and documentaries from all over the world, with a special focus on European cinema.

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Baumbach and Gerwig seem to be directly influenced by Woody Allen. New York City as the hazy crazy place where you get to meet all those strange, neurotic, self-important and romantically challenged characters screams Allen…

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Documentaries

  • Snow Monkey

    Snow Monkey

    Anyone who has seen one or more of what could be termed the new wave of Australian filmmaking, that includes films such as Animal Kingdom and the more recent Partisan will know what I mean when attempting to describe the…

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  • Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

    Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

    Werner Herzog’s latest documentary is just as enjoyable and just as hilarious as the German master’s best; strangely reminiscent of earlier works like Little Dieter Needs to Fly – the way Herzog moves around his subjects, manipulates the angles, stages…

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  • The Ambassador of God

    The Ambassador of God

    “I’ll be right out, I’m not done playing with myself” said Brother Anthony, the Ambassador of God – the campest most eccentric, controversial ambassador God could ever hope to land. “There is no God – God is love”, he states…

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  • A Different Brain

    A Different Brain

    A Different Brain deals with a diverse group of people from different parts of Britain who have all suffered damage to the brain in one form or another. These accidents have impacted their lives enormously, leaving them not as incoherent…

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  • The Never Ending Factory of the Duomo

    The Never Ending Factory of the Duomo

    (Original Title: L’Infinita Fabbrica del Duomo) A peculiar documentary film-description-presentation of Milan’s superb cathedral. A church larger than life and perhaps as close to the sublime as we have gotten in recent centuries. A work constantly progressing, as the title…

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  • Listen to me Marlon

    Listen to me Marlon

    Listen to me Marlon provides the same amount of intimacy with its subject as can be enjoyed by reading a well-written diary – the unfolding of the actor through the film and subsequent learning about the actor by its audience,…

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  • Particle Fever

    Particle Fever

    The most expensive science experiment ever conducted – the decade-long development of the Large Hadron Collider – is the subject of Particle Fever, a documentary by Mark Levinson that presents the experiments that followed upon its completion. The LHC is…

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  • Mallory

    Mallory

    When the viewer is transported seven years from when Helena Trestikova’s subject, Mallory, vows to kick her heroin addiction and stay clean after giving birth to a little boy – at this time Mallory is a rough-looking but young and…

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  • A German Youth

    A German Youth

    (Original Title: Une Jeunesse Allemande) “Terrorism is age-old, but its form has changed”, states Ulrike Meinhof. For the German activist, terrorism is the restriction of freedom that governments and their never-ending love for capitalism are slyly imposing on the people….

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Reel Insights

Don’t forget to check out our partner film blog,
Hannah McHaffie’s Reel Insights

BEST OF ENEMIES, by
Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville

Hannah McHaffie wrote:

This film sees the freedom and variety of opinion captured in the Vidal/Buckley debates, despite the nastiness and cruelty that also bloomed there. Best of Enemies acknowledges that America now has an array of news channels whose political opinions determine their audience and highlights the ignorance this fuels…

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Georgia Xanthopoulou wrote:

Best of Enemies credits these debates for changing the face of American network television. Ratings were incredibly high, and the unprecedented clash of the two men put the network firmly on the map. Since then, networks have been operating more and more driven by sensationalism and trying to set up circumstances where things get out of hand…

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Reviews

  • The Fundamentals of Caring

    The Fundamentals of Caring

    At the start of the film, the soon-to-be graduates of a caregiving course are informed (or reminded, more likely) of the so-called fundamentals of caring, hidden behind the memorable acronym, “ALOHA” – ask, listen, observe, help, ask again, or something…

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  • One Man and His Cow

    One Man and His Cow

    (Original Title: La Vache) We’re in the middle of nowhere, in the perhaps least known village of Algeria, somewhere in the desert, tucked in between dry, empty mountains, and Fatah is trying hard to grow lettuces. He will go as…

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  • Permanent

    Permanent

    John Mosetich puts us in the real underworld – a dark under-layer of a city that feels too real and too fake, all at the same time. It’s a rough, rotten, grey reality with Mafiosi and hitmen, sexed up hustlers…

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  • According to her

    According to her

    Veronica is on the phone to her mother, complaining in Russian that the vast windows of her new apartment make her feel exposed, when her water breaks. “Mum, I’ll call you back, ok?” Next thing we know, she’s pushing her…

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  • Iona

    Iona

    Scott Graham’s Iona references both the film’s setting and its central character. Iona and her teenage son wash up on the shores of Iona, running from a violent past in Glasgow. It’s instantly apparent that Iona is returning rather than…

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  • The Terrace

    The Terrace

    (Original Title: La Terrazza) The Terrace (La Terrazza) is not considered one of Ettore Scola’s best works, and in fact it isn’t; unlike films like his earlier A Special Day (Una Giornata Particolare), The Terrace does consist of numerous and…

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  • Straw Dogs

    Straw Dogs

    Life is a jungle – that’s the message Straw Dogs seems to be sending along. If one chooses to resist the blow and not fight back with just as much fervor, he will probably lose the battle. Humans are animals…

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  • Total Performance

    Total Performance

    Sean Meehan sat down to write Total Performance with a unique idea. As the pieces start to come together, one feels a pleasurable burst of relief – Total Performance is not another story that doesn’t go somewhere, because its foundation…

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  • What the Doctor Ordered

    What the Doctor Ordered

    Audrey Noone enjoys presenting snippets of real life situations, and real relationships – either that between a mother and her son, like in The Look, or as is the case in her latest, the relationship between husband and wife. Considerable…

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The Grump is continuously amusing, written with wit and handled with great care. Despair, anger and intolerance threaten to suffocate everyone before human kindness and patience step in to save the day. You can’t change people and the sooner we all embrace that the happier we’ll all be – that’s what The Grump wants you to know.

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The most expensive science experiment ever conducted – the development of the Large Hadron Collider – is the subject of Particle Fever, a documentary that presents the experiments that followed upon its completion. Theoretical physicist David Kaplan explains that what the LHC actually does is “nothing other than help us understand everything”.

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Scola’s film opens on a terrace party on a summer night where a middle-class group of communist filmmakers gather together in a glamorous and pretentious night filled with self-important discussion on the working classes, over-the-top exchanges, flirting, gossip, and crude jokes…

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Features

  • An Interview with Lindy Heymann

    An Interview with Lindy Heymann

    An Interview with Lindy Heymann, Director of Showboy, Kicks and The Laughing King Lindy Heymann is an award winning director who received a BIFA for Best Directorial Debut for her feature film Showboy, which also won Best Film at the Milan…

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  • Poker Night: A Tough Market for Indies

    Poker Night: A Tough Market for Indies

    For writer and director Greg Francis, the bulk of his work has been in television, working on shows like Outrageous 911, FBI: Criminal Pursuit and Wicked Attraction. However, recently Francis made his first steps into film. Taking on a lot…

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  • Cartel Land

    Cartel Land

    Danger and documentary have always gone hand in hand. The great masters of the genre have always strived to put their art before their safety. Matthew Heineman takes risk to a new level in Cartel Land, proving himself to be…

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  • The Gambler vs The Gambler

    The Gambler vs The Gambler

    Back in 1974, New York born writer and director James Toback was able to draw on his personal experiences with gambling as well as his experiences with teaching whilst he taught creative writing to students at the City College of…

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  • Matthew Orobko’s Top 10 Films of 2014

    Matthew Orobko’s Top 10 Films of 2014

    10.  Citizenfour The year’s best documentary also happens to be one of the year’s most tense films. Chronicling the few paranoid days in which NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks with journalist Glenn Greenwald from a hotel room in Hong Kong…

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  • The Fall

    The Fall

    The bulk of dramas existing on television today seem to revolve around a serial killer hunted by a talented detective. It is also true that in these dramas, the antagonists are portrayed as genius murderers who go about their crimes…

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  • Annie Wilkes and Jack Torrance: A Comparison of Two Supervillains

    Annie Wilkes and Jack Torrance: A Comparison of Two Supervillains

    There’s something horrifying about Kathy Bates’ Annie Wilkes. There’s something shocking, chilling, heart-stopping about her. And these adjectives can be appropriately applied to Misery, the film based upon Stephen King’s famous novel of the same name. Two of the most intriguing…

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  • Merlin

    Merlin

    The seemingly never-ending film that is Merlin ventures across generations, the human and the supernatural, good and evil, interwoven stories that come together and form a kind of vast cinematic journey of unparalleled proportions – the kind of film that…

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  • Inside The Godfather Trilogy

    Inside The Godfather Trilogy

    The Godfather is a compelling story put onto film by a poet. That is why it is better than Mario Puzo’s novel, and why it is universally considered, not overrated of overvalued, as one of the most beautiful films of…

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Unsung Cult

 

Dirty Harry relies heavily on Harry himself. His coolness is awe-inspiring –unlike Bullit, Harry is not portrayed as a introverted force who knows exactly what he’s doing, but as a loner who is as ruthless as he is moral. While these two characters have similarities, it is Harry’s edge that makes Dirty Harry the superior film…

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Unsung 90s

 

Malice maintains a slow, secretive pace throughout; and the very few times it picks up, it rushes to slow down
again. Every new piece of evidence we’re introduced to is revealed gradually, guardedly and amidst the shadows. The plots and subplots progress sultrily and possess an unmistakably sexual nature that cannot be ignored…

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Unsung Journey

 

Away We Go flows naturally and travels through states, emotions and realisations without preaching or drawing any life-changing conclusions. Its appeal lies in its truthful protagonists, the genuine warmth it induces and the recognisable quest for a home. Sam Mendes’ idea of a road trip could never fit the genre’s standard frame, but it does borrow some of its most appealing characteristics…

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