Cinema in the years to come
No film festival, whether it is considered a privileged vantage point or a more modest affair, can be asked to provide the answers to rather complex questions such as those concerning the future of cinema in the years to come. At most, one can expect it to provide examples of different approaches that inspire the production of films in various parts of the world, as least those that can be reached through the scouting efforts of the selection team. And since the first things to become obsolete seem to be the hierarchy of values by which we have abided until now, and the old system of categories consisting of "good and bad, right and left, high and low, strong and weak", all we can hope for is a new conception of common understanding that is in tune with our times.
There is no longer a rigid, unambiguous definition of what cinema is and what it isn't – assuming that that's what it ever was: André Bazin had already stood up for “impure” cinema as opposed to the cold rigour of the purists (and it was only the 1950s) – but a free and adventurous resolve to set sail without knowing where the journey will lead. I believe that this may be the most effective metaphor to evoke the spirit that guided us in putting together this year's line-up. The risk that we consciously took was to appear lacking in direction, and bound to an indulgent conception of cinema. This might very well be the most appropriate way to interrogate cinema, which in the eyes of many appears to be dangerously lost, or threatened and beleaguered by the dominance of other media that coexist with it within the galaxy of integrated communication. Yet, despite the signs that seem to converge towards a dystopic vision of the future, we are tempted to forcefully assert that this is not the threat of extinction, but rather a process of transformation in the making that is one of the most radical in the short-lived existence of cinema, at the end of which it will undoubtedly be different from what we have known and loved until now, but alive and vital, advancing new issues and languages and forms that we will become accustomed to with the speed that distinguishes our time.