Archive for May 24th, 2011


MovieMov Italian Film Festival is kicking off in Bangkok

by Marianne Wi

There is no such thing as a free lunch so they say, they might be right there, we do however have a fee Italian film festival kicking off in Bangkok on the 8th June finishing on the 12th June 2011. All films will be in Italian with both English and Thai subtitles and they are all free, gratis. Bangkok is a very exciting place with some awesome attractions, yet you might just find yourself feeling a little homesick even a little lost, so why not catch a film and support MovieMov 2011.

Here is a list of all films showing, most will see their Asian premier so lets rejoice and fill some seats, as always dress smart tracksuits are a big no no, you will have competition in Bangkok, the Thais are known for their elegance.

Films being shown for free are:

Manuale D’amore 3, The Three Stages of Love  directed by Giovanni Veronesi

Una vita tranquilla, A Quiet Life directed by Cladio Cupellini

Mine Vaganti, Loose Cannons directed by Ferzan Ozpetek

Dieci Inverni, Ten Winters directed by Valerio Mieli

La Doppia Ora, The Double Hour directed by Giuseppe Capotondi

La Scuola e finita, School is over directed by Valerio Jalongo

Io sono amore, I Am Love directed by Luca Guadagnino

Special Screening of Vlazer, Waltz directed by Salvatore Maira

There is a special mini festival for Mario Monicelli the great Italian Director, who committed suicide in November last year at the age of 95. For a list of all his films and additional information please click here

There will be 7 films to see :

Guardie e Ladri, Cops and Robbers 1951

I soliti ignoti, Big Deal On Madonna Street  1958

La grande guerra, The Great War  1959

Amici miei, My Friends 1975

Un borghese piccolo piccolo, An Average Little Man 1981

Il marchese del grillo, The Marquese of Grillo 1981

Parenti serpenti, Dearest Relatives Poisonous Relations 1962


Hollywood, Basilicata and a big Coppola

by Marianne Wi

Rumors are running wild in Basilicata, well actually they are running riots in Hollywood, Paris and most of Italy too. The wedding of the year “mach 2” will take place in Bernalda, August 2011, preparations are on the way and I am sure the bridemaids are all to be found in a Gym doing Pilatus. Who is getting married? Well, the director of “Somewhere” last years winner of the Golden Lion, Sophia Carmina Coppola and her long time companion the French singer Thomas Mars from the indie group Phoenix, they have been together for 9 years producing 2 children. The knot will be tied in Bernalda from where her grandfather immigrated back in 1904, he incidentally invented the videophone that was patented and purchased by Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Sophia Coppola’s famous father Francis Coppola is one of Americas biggest director and producers, you are bound to have seen The Godfather One, two and Three, Apocalypse Now, Black Beauty and many others, he received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the ceremony of this years Oscars, Sophia comes from a sturdy stock of film makers, no one can argue with that. Sophia and Thomas visited Bernalda back in 2008 and it is understood that he asked her to marry him while inside Palazzo Margherita…..I know, who said romance was dead ? Palazzo Margherita was purchased by the Coppola Family many years ago and restored to the highest spec, a beautiful setting for a wedding ceremony, we know this as many scenes from “Somewhere” were shot inside the palazzo. Will the “I do” be said in the surrounding gardens to the tune of Lisztomania, I think that is a wait and see for now. There will be an influx of  Hollywood stars, French stars and the odd Italian movie icon for sure, Nicholas Cage is Sophia’s  cousin, Al Pacino a close friend of the family as is Steven Spielberg and Sly Stalone … what about Jackie Stalone will she be there doing her Rumpology readings after the service, I am sure the guest list will read like an international who’s who, I am getting excited and will have a look at eBay for that special hat, just encase .

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