Gran Paradiso Film Festival

From July 23 to 28, 2018 in Cogne and August in the Grand-Paradis valleys

Nature, Parks and a wide range of perspectives on the environment: the themes of the third day of the Gran Paradiso Film Festival

A debate on nature and the environment, on the future of the Parks and how to protect them, live from the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park; this was today's program at the De Rerum Natura event of Wednesday, 27 August.

The afternoon began with Giovanni Maria Flick, President Emeritus of the Constitutional Court, addressing the audience on “Landscape and the nation's historical and arstic heritage: witness of the past, engagement for the future”, during which Mr. Flick explained the principles of the Constitution at the base of the protection of Italy's natural heritage. 

Barbara Degani, Italy's Under-Secretary for Environment, Land and Sea, and Giampiero Sammuri, President of Federparchi, discussed “The future of the Parks. The spirit of the reform of the framework law on protected areas”. The debate, particularly relevant to the issues currently being debated by the Italian Senate, was introduced ad moderated by Italo Cerise, President of the Gran Paradiso National Park.

The Festival investigates the relationship between man and nature from different viewpoints” – argued Barbara Degani – “A relationship which reached a balance in the Gran Paradiso National Park thanks to farsighted choices made in the past, based on the principle of sustainability”.

“I hope that today's discussion might help us bring about a highly wished for objective, the modification to the current law on protected areas, since the Parks really need a legal framework up to date with the current times. The Festival is a chance to make the public aware of thiscommented Italo Cerise.

After two days the Festival registered more than 4.400 attendances, with all screening venues sold out. Tonight the European premier of Time worm, debut work of young director Sena Basoz, preceeded Terre des ours (Land of the Bears), a documentary focusing on two bear cubs and their mother, greatly enjoyed by the families with children present at the Festival.

Tomorrow's theme will be “Nature and spirituality” with Vincenzo Paglia, Riccardo Di Segni and Khaled Fouad Allam.

For further information about the Festival events and screening please consult the catalogue.