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`The Dawn of Luca'

The bdj Media, which holds the Florence Indian festival in Italy, will associate with the International Film Festival of Kerala to promote Indo-Italian cultural relations.

The Florence festival aims at promoting Indian independent cinema in Europe. The first edition of the festival was held in Italy between October 4 and 7, 2001, and was received warmly.

The next edition of the festival will be held in October 2002, and bdj Media will select some of the best Indian independent works for presentation to the Western audience.

The bdj Media will also present a package of Italian films at the Seventh IFFK. It will include the latest works of five directors: Federico Bondi, Antonio Capuano, Michele de Virgilio, Nicola Scorza and Roberto Quagliano. Both the features and the shorts deal with a distinctive attitude of New Italian cinema: facing the crucial issues of modern daily life with a touch of irony and carelessness. Features such as `Red Moon' and `The Dawning of Luca' represent the two faces of Italian cinema in the new century, showing the struggle of surviving and overcoming the mafia as well as the search for truth in a middle-upper-class family.

`Red Moon' depicts the ways of the cruel and barbaric Cammarano family. From the Seventies, the family has spread terror over the region. Secluding itself within a fortress-like house, the family has grown to become the law of the land. But this dominance, built on an oppressive and severe hierarchical leadership, begins to diminish when the youngest generation of the family takes charge. All the bloody plots and revenge that lay dormant for years explode.

`The Dawning of Luca' tells the story of Luca, a 15-year-old boy left in a coma after a `perfectly successful' operation and the ordeal of his parents. Their son's illness brings the separated parents closer to each other.

`The Bus Stop Urban Bus', a 15-minute film, shows a young couple deciding to defraud the public transport insurance company by staging an accident. The unexpected arrival of a third character changes their plans. `Stops', another short, takes viewers on a journey through the American desert, with stopovers at bars and motels.

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