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by Lucile Hadzihalilovic
UK, France, Belgium, 2021, 114′


by Fabrice Du Welz
Belgium, France, 2021, 98′


by Denis Dercourt
France, South Korea, Belgium, 2021, 83′



by Prano Bailey-Bond
UK, 2021, 84′


by Manetti bros.
Italy, 2021, 133′


by Teemu Nikki
Finland, 2020, 93′


12 Champions for day one of Noir

First up in the spotlight, Italy’s heavyweights in the fields of literature and film, and that means the five finalists for the Giorgio Scerbanenco Award, which singles out, every year, the best Italian novel in genre fiction, and the six finalists for the Claudio Caligari Prize, an accolade bestowed jointly with IULM University, to honor the best Italian genre film.


Loriano Macchiavelli

Sarti Antonio, a cop as honest as he is tenacious, is an anti-hero blessed with an extraordinary memory, addicted to coffee, and subject to colitis. He lives in Bologna, where most of the investigations that fall to him take place. In these stories, snatches of the sergeant’s past not only come to light; they illuminate our own present-day reality, which would appear to prove that the protagonist’s world is a faithful copy of the one inhabited by every one of us.

Loriano Macchiavelli (Vergato, Bologna, 1934) has written numerous plays for the Italian stage. Since 1974, he has focused his efforts on the crime novel and has published several of them, his best-known character being the police sergeant Sarti Antonio. Moreover, under the pen name Jules Quicher, he wrote Funerale dopo Ustica (1989) and Strage (1990), the latter creating a host of legal problems for the author. His novel Macaronì (1997) marks the start of a ongoing literary collaboration with Francesco Guccini, with whom he has written all the novels featuring the characters Benedetto Santovito (the Marshall) and Marco Gherardini, aka Poiana. And thanks to the novel Tango e gli altri. Romanzo di una raffica, anzi tre, co-written with the singer-songwriter from Emilia, the author duo won the Scerbanenco Award in 2007. Macchiavelli teamed up with Marcello Fois and Carlo Lucarelli to found Gruppo 13, while he joined forces with Renzo Cremante to found and direct Delitti di Carta, a magazine devoted solely to the Italian crime genre. His novels have inspired films, TV movies and series, radio dramas and audiobooks. There is no doubt that Macchiavelli is one of the authors, or even the sole author, to have contributed the most to the rebirth of the Italian noir novel.

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A Brasher doubloon goes to Guillaume Musso

photo by Emanuele Scorcelletti

The French author received the Raymond Chandler Award and presented his novel L’inconnue de la Seine, newly published in Italy by La nave di Teseo.

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A friendship packed with stories, large and small

Joining Noir remotely from London, Adrian Wootton held a masterclass on Graham Greene and John le Carré. In the second part of the talk, he presented the book by Richard Greene (no relation): Russian Roulette: The Life and Times of Graham Greene.

All the (non) places of Noir

Noir in Festival is back in Milan on December 10-15, 2021, with a packed program free for the viewing. The festival has tapped a versatile subversive talent, Marco Galli, to design the poster for its 31st edition, which has two new venues in Milan this year: the Multisala Gloria, in the Notorious Cinemas circuit, and the Teatro Filodrammatici.

An Italian Saturday

Antonio Capuano and Dario Argento take center-stage on day two of Noir in Festival. Two films by Caligari Prize contenders premiere on Saturday: A Classic Horror Story and Calibro 9. Diario di spezie bows in the International Competition. Simona Vinci and Stefano Vicario present their new novels.



by Toni D’Angelo
Italy, Belgium, 2020, 90′


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