Barbera said the upcoming festival puts an emphasis on world cinema and also directors who are not household names. He also noted one-third of the films showing at the festival were directed by women — something that happened by chance, he said, since he usually doesn't look at the director's name ahead of time.
"There is a huge crisis in the world right now, the whole system. But there are also many new ferments, new countries that are working, new authors, new ways of making films at low cost but with complete professionalism," Barbera said.
"It is a moment of transition, a moment of crisis, but a moment of great opportunity."
Paola Barisani contributed from Rome.
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