Anna Longhi has die in Rome on the 13th May 2011 at the age of 76 from complications after contracting pneumonia in 2010. Longhi was loved in Italy and has acted in 24 films both on the big screen and on TV. Alberto Sordi was a great fan of this lady and they shared many films, her last film A Natale mi sposo, I will marry at Christmas directed by Paolo Costellai, was released in Italy in November 2010 , she will be sadly missed.
Best film of 2011 ? early days so lets look at the first quarter, who are the movers and shakers up among the top 3 on the Festival circuit and which Italian Film has conquered the Box Office.
Top Dog on the Festival and Award circuit:
3rd place Malavoglia, The House of the Medlar Tree directed by Pasquale Scimeca shown at 26 festivals, winning 2 awards.
2nd place Febbre da Fieno, Hayfever directed by Laura Luchetti with 20 Festivals and 4 awards.
1st place Into Paradiso directed by Paola Livia Randi with 20 festivals and 5 awards
Not really a clear winner so far as films like ”In the Market” directed by Lorenzo Lombardi has only been seen at 9 festivals however it has already won 6 awards as has ”Un giorno della vita, A Day in the Life” directed by Giuseppe Papasso shown only at 2 festivals yet right up there with 6 awards.
Top of the Box Office Italian only :
2nd place Immaturi, The Juveniles directed by Paolo Genovese
I think we have a number of good films coming out so this will surely change by the time we hit the 2nd quarter.