Archive for May 6th, 2011


Top Italian Films 2010

by Marianne Wi

As the David di Donatello 2011 awards will be confirmed on the 6th of May 2011 and the options this year sadly are so uninspiring, I am feeling award fatigued already to the point of not caring who gets what, I do feel passionate about Giuseppe Battiston getting the ” Best Supporting Actor ”  statuette for his role as Ramiro in La Passione, The Passion directed by Carlo Mazzacurati, he was awesome.

What happened to Italian films in 2010 ? I thing there were some cool and very interesting films around, they just never reached nomination for a David di Donatello. There were a lot of excitement on the Festival scene both in Italy and Internationally so who should have been looking for an award ?

Italian Film at most Festivals and with most awards 2010 :

3rd place Le quattro volte, The Four Times directed by  Michelangelo Frammartino with 104 Festivals and 32 awards. I did not care for it much, I was even a tat bored the first time I saw it, then I was told it was a masterpiece and I returned to the cinema and OK to be fair it has some great qualities, even though the goat changed its spots on occasions.

2nd place L’uomo che verrá, The man who will come directed by Giorgio Diritti with 112 Festivals and 41 awards. I was disappointed in this film only as it was released shortly after Miracles at St. Anna directed by Spike Lee a truly awesome film, great story line, great cinematography and a super cast, it was however panned and vilified by the Italian public. The story was the same apart from a few black soldiers and the sex of the small child. Both films were truly great.

1st place  Non é ancora domani (La Pivellina), The small one  directed by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel it was seen at 156 Festivals and won 36 awards, well done is all you can say to that.

Top of the Box Office 2010 :

3rd place  La banda dei Babbi Natale, The Xmas gang of Santas directed by  Paolo Genovese

2nd place Benvenuti al Sud, Welcome to the South directed by Luca Niniero

1st place Che bella giornata, What a beautiful Day directed by Gennaro Nunziante

Interesting and diverse the two lists, wonder how many saw all six films……

Thanks go to Cinema Info and Box Office Mojo


La misura del confine,”Where is the Border” (Possible English Title)

by Marianne Wi

La misura del confine, The Measure of the Border (Possible English Title) more likely to be named “Where is the Border ?”.

Director:  Andrea Papini, is virtually unknown here in Italy although he has one feature under his belt “La velocità della luce”, “The Speed of Light” 2008, it did not travel well. Papini was born in Piedmont, studied in Milan where he graduated as a Civil Engineer, he is the current President and founder of the satellite network “Microcinema”. I liked this easy-going drama in the Italian alps with stunning views galore.

Cast: Paolo Bonanni, Peppino Mazzotta, Thierry Toscan, Beatrice Orlandini, Giovanni Guardiano, Adriana Ortolani, Tommaso spinelli, Luigi Iacuzio, Roland Alberti, Massimo Zordan, Lorenzo degli Innocenzi

Synobsis:  We have a body, we need an exact border between Switzerland and Italy to establish who has jurisdiction and who can put a claim on the frozen corps, first believed to be very old and therefore good for tourism. Enter 2 surveyors one Swiss one Italian and their back-up teams. The Hotel  on top of the world has stunning views and is run by a young couple with a German shepherd who can both cook ( thats the couple only, not the couple and the dog). We follow some gentle detective work in form of old photos and some well preserved reception books, trying to establish the identity of the body, not quite as old as was first thought. This is not sitting on the edge of your seat sort of a thriller more a gentle Mrs Marble ………

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