20 December 2018

Amarcort Film Festival and Interpreting in Rimini

After my adventure in Trieste, I looked for more interpreting opportunities and ended up in Amarcort, a short film festival that has been taking place in Rimini for a few years. I'd never been to Rimini or the Romagna area before, so this was a good chance to discover a new side of Italy, even though people would normally spend time in Rimini in summer, as in any seaside town. It was also a great opportunity to challenge myself with fairly specific speeches in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting after my MA course. 

As I got to Rimini, I immediately took a few snaps as I didn't know whether I would have had time during the festival. The centre was not very busy so I enjoyed strolling around. I noticed that the atmosphere and people in cafes and shops were very relaxed, and many cycled and seemed to go out simply to enjoy going for a walk. As I did in Trieste, this is something I sadly noticed to be lacking in Florence, as it is now a very crowded, touristy town. Therefore, I tried to make the most of it while I was there. 

I noticed that anywhere you went you could notice names and elements related to the House of Malatesta, an Italian noble family that ruled over Rimini in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. For instance, Rimini's main church is called 'Tempio Malatestiano' (Malatesta's Temple).
Tempio Malatestiano

Even though it was still November, there were lots of Christmas decorations, especially road lights and signs which I tried to capture. 

One of the main squares - loved the colourful buildings
Piazza Cavour, where the town hall is 

The city centre was also full of shops and so I spent some time having a look around those. I found a fantastic bookshop called 'Il giardino dei libri' (the garden of books), which I definitely recommend visiting if you're in Rimini. It's got books on mindfulness, self-growth and self-help, law of attraction, astrology, tarots and more, and also sells items such as incense, crystals, buddhas, mandalas etc. I couldn't help but spend a long time in it! 

After having wandered for some time, it was time to get to work! I first got to know the whole Amarcort team - a group of around ten people who organised the festival's activities - and then saw the Duomo Hotel, the place talks were held in. By the way, the term Amarcort comes from Fellini's film 'Amarcord' which in Italian means 'I still remember', pointing at a feeling of nostalgia, and 'corto' or 'cortometraggio' which in Italian means 'short film'. A great memory of my experience was our daily lunch; every day, we went to the same restaurant, which I thought was tiny and super simple but the food turned out to be delicious! I had lasagne and other kinds of pasta that tasted so good. Then, conferences started. I delivered both consecutive and simultaneous interpretation during some very interesting talks on topics such as film distribution, transmedia storytelling and film festivals' guidelines. Though the first consecutive session was very challenging, it was the one I enjoyed the most as it was very interesting to get to know dynamics behind producing and distributing a short film, as well as what's to be done and what can go wrong in specific scenarios. I also really enjoyed a whispered session during the presentation of a short film series (13.11 by Adam Selo) as it was all about the shooting of the films and what it entailed. The series was about migrants, integration and discrimination in various European towns, some topics that I am very passionate about. I loved how it explored these issues from a unique perspective and gave some insights into aspects of migrants' lives we don't hear much of. 

After a day, I got to meet Michela, a fellow translator and subtitler studying in Trieste who provided translations and subtitles for the festival. She also knew Russian, which I thought was so impressive. We spent some time together in between talks and screenings and got to watch evening screenings which was so fun. I actually realised I didn't know much about short films before Amarcort. They are such a unique genre and I wonder why they're not so well known. On my last evening, we took part in a short film vote as well which was really fun and interactive compared to simply going to the cinema and watching a film without having a say on it. 

Then, it was time to go and breathe some sea breeze. I loved it even though it was November and fairly cold. The beach was of course empty - which is crazy considering how many people go there during the summer - and huge. I walked to the water and stood there for a few minutes. I took it all in, then left. 

Have you ever been to Rimini? Please share your thoughts on the town or my post in the comments!

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