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Mine Vaganti, Loose Cannons is a winner at MovieMov in Bangkok.

by Marianne Wi

MovieMov Italian Film Festival just closing its doors in Bangkok has chosen Mine Vaganti, Loose Cannons as its winner this year,the director Ferzan Ozpetek was present and looking very very pleased with himself, and why not, well done.


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


Tokyo is kicking off their 11th Italian Film Festival

by Marianne Wi

東京都は、第11回イタリア映画祭のキックオフ Only jesting, this blog remains English. The Italian Film Festival in Tokyo is kicking-off tomorrow and will be running until the 4th May 2011. It is the 11th festival of its kind and has always proved very popular in the past. I am excited for the Japanese and cannot wait to see what they will make of Sergio Castellitto’s La bellezza del somaro, Love and Slaps. There are 12 titles being shown this year and 7 of those will be put on a train to Osaka for a 2 day Festival on the 8th to the 9th of May 2011.

I think you will agree that the program is varied and exciting; many Italians are now living the Japanese lifestyle no doubt it will be a sellout this year too. Remember to wear something smart when you go, as I am sure you are aware the Japanese are well ahead on the designer label front, and do stop marinating in you favorite cologne before leaving home, finally do not let the old Mama Italia down.

The films shown this year are:

Baciami ancora, Kiss Me Again directed by Gabriele Muccino

Figli delle stelle , Children of the Stars directed by Lucio Pellegrini

Il primo incarico, The First Assignment directed by Giorgia Cecere

L’ultimo bacio, The Last Kiss directed by Gabriele Muccino

La nostra vita , This is our Life directed by Daniele Luchetti

I baci mai dati, Lost Kisses directed by Roberta Torre

La bellezza del somaro, Love and Slaps directed by  Sergio Castellitto

La passione , The Passion directed by Carlo Mazzacurati

La prima cosa bella, The First Beautyful Thing directed by Paolo Virzì

Mine vaganti, Loose Cannons directed by Ferzan Ozpetek

Noi credevamo , We Once Believed directed by Mario Martone

Una vita tranquilla , A Quiet Life directed by Claudio Cupellini


Beijing International Film Festival is kicking off

by Marianne Wi

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

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