20 Cigarettes / 20 sigarette
Aureliano Amadei, Italia, 2010.
Directed by: Aureliano Amadei
Script: Aureliano Amadei, Francesco Trento, Gianni Romoli, Volfango De Biasi
Producer: Claudio Bonivento, Tilde Corsi, Gianni Romoli
Production company: R&C Produzioni
Cinematography: Vittorio Omodei Zorini
Editing: Alessio Doglione
Music: Louis Siciliano
Cast: Carolina Crescentini, Vinicio Marchioni, Giorgio Colangeli
Format: 35 mm
Running time: 94'

Based on director Aureliano Amadei's 2003 experiences in Iraq, '20 Cigarettes' is the gripping story of a twenty-eight year old anarchist and anti-war activist who receives an offer to fly to Iraq as assistant director on a film about the Italian military 'peace mission'. Thrust into the middle of a military world he doesn't approve of, Aureliano is surprised to discover a brotherhood and shared values amongst the people he meets. Before Aureliano has the chance to finish a packet of cigarettes he finds himself a victim of sectarian violence and, as the sole civilian survivor and witness, becomes an unlikely hero. With its ironic humour, this film offers a different take on the war in Iraq than American movies. It's clear to see why this is also one of only a handful of European films that explores this subject matter. Aureliano Amadei was the only civilian survivor of the November 2003 suicide bombing at the Italian military headquarters in Nasiriyah, Iraq.

Awards and Festivals
Venice Film Festival 2010. - Biografilm Award, Controcampo Italiano Prize (Aureliano Amadei) and Controcampo Italiano Prize Special Mention (Vinicio Marchioni), Kodak Award, Pasinetti Award Best Film (Aureliano Amadei), Pasinetti Award - Special Mention to the cast and the producers of the film, Young Cinema Award Best Italian Film
Nastri d'argento Awards 2011 - Best Sound, Best Supporting Actress
David Di Donatello 2011 - Best Producers, Best Editor, Best Visual Effects, David of the Youth
Golden Globes, Italy 2011 - Golden Globe Best First Feature
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists 2011 - Guglielmo Biraghi Award, Silver Ribbon Best Sound, Best Supporting Actress
Lecce Festival of European Cinema 2011 - Mario Verdone Award
Roseto First Work Festival 2011 - Special Mention
Salerno International Film Festival 2010 – Grand Prix Best Film

Directors Biography
Aureliano Amadei was born in Rome in 1975. He studied at London's Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. After having obtained his degree in 1998, he was an actor in Globe Theatre in London and, upon his return to Italy, he played in many films. '20 Cigarettes' is his first feature-length film as a director.

Location and screening schedule:
TUŠKANAC CINEMA, Tuesday, October 18th at 19.00
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Wednesday, October 19th at 21.00
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