Giuseppe Tornatore is preparing his next film ”The Best Offer” due to be released in 2012, you will of course remember him for ”Cinema Paradiso” 1988, the winner of many awards including the 5 Bafta’s and one very nice shining Oscar in 1991 and lets not forget ”Malèna” 2000 for which he was again nominated for both Bafta’s and an Oscar, his last film Baaria was a Minestrone full of clichés, altogether a wee bit OTT, yet lovable. I have mixed feelings about The Best Offer as I have been awaiting the blockbuster ”Lenningrad” for the past 2 years, it would appear that it has again been put on the back-burner, Tornatore, really ? The producers of The Best Offer is Paco Cinematografica and there is a financial incentive too as it will be filmed in Alto Adige, South Tyrol, nothing else out there on the net about this new venture.
The first Beijing Film Festival is kicking off today and will run untill the 28th April 2011, it has created much excitement in China and all eyes are on the Chinese Government’s Censorship Board and their morally driven editing skills. A scene from Cinema Paradiso directed by Giueseppe Tornatore springs to mind, when our priest censored all films screaming “cut” only after he had seen a kiss, once considered an offencive scene in Italy. Two films in particular are coursing a stir in China, Black Swan directed by Darren Aronofsky it has an explicit lesbian sex scene, a big taboo in China today, as the scene is paramount to the storyline it will be interesting to see if cut, how much and where. Social Network directed by David Fincher is also on the list of foreign films, as Facebook is banned in China it is bound to be a sell out, the Chinese commonly refer to Mark Zuckerberg as “the founder of 404 Error: Not Found” (an urban myth in the making ?). There are 160 films shown from 42 participating countries including 4 from Italy. The opening night will be held at The National Grand Theatre, Tiananmen Square a historical hot spot in need to some good news.
The 4 Italian entries are :
Sorelle Mai, Sisters Mai directed by Marco Bellocchio 2010
La solitudine dei numeri primi, The Solitude of Prime Numbers directed by Xavier Costanzo 2010
L’uomo che verra, The Man Who Will Come directed by Giorgio Diritti 2009
Puccini e la fanciulla, Puccini and the Girl directed by Paolo Benvenuti and Paola Baroni 2008
Cannavale has died in Naples aged 82, he clocked up 109 films as an actor between 1949 and 2011, he was very well-known in his native Italy and much-loved in Naples, where he lived all his life. Cannavale stared as Spaccafico in the Oscar-winning film Cinema Paradiso properly his best performance; although a prolific actor he received only one award, the Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actor in the film “32 December” in 1988, he was nominated again in 1990 again for Supporting Actor in the film “La Casa del sorriso”.