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The European Producers Club is dropping into Locarno for their 47th Co-production Forum

by Marianne Wi

The European Producers Club is a exclusive outfit, set up to help and promote European Producers, they have been meeting up 46 times so far, we are looking forward to the big 50 and the Silver Jubilee celebrations. Italy has done well this year with 2 out of possible 15 entries.

Italy is there with:

La Legge del Rugby, The Law of Rugby directed by Donato Pisani and produced by Gagarin.  I am again putting it all out there stating that this will be about Rugby and its laws.

Elsewhere directed by Vittorio Rifranti and produced by Gagarin. Four students on an out of season  holiday by the sea, while continuously sending feeds to their housebound friend who has been unable to come, it all of a sudden goes terribly wrong.

The remaining 13 films being promoted at Locarno on the 6th August 2011 are:

Rialto produced by Cien Plus Filmproduktion (Germany)

White Men directed by Joerg Hiller-Garcia produced by Motivo Films (Germany)

Desde Dentro, From Inside directed by Sanuel Lame Ferreira and produced by Visual Think (Spain)

Krampus directed by Stephen Hughes and produced by Achille Entertainment (UK and Austria)

Rainy Days directed by Maria Salgado Gispert and produced by Aquellare Servicios Cinematograficos, Promarfi Futuro 2010 and Pensa & Roca Productions (Spain)

Bobo directed by Ines Oliveira and produced by David & Golias (Portugal)

On a Day Like This directed by Georg Isenmann and  produced by Langfilm (Switzerland)

Father directed by Artur Urbanski and produced by Apple Film Production (Czech Republic)

The Waiting Room directed by Viliam Docolomansky and produced by Prvni Verejnpravni (Czech Republic)

Puppy Love directed by Delphine Lehericey and produced by Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium)

Carto directed by Gorune Aprikian and produced by Araprod (France) one to look out for if you were asking me

The Hunter  The Woman and The Labyrinth directed by Olivier Delahaye and Dani Kouyate produced by Odelion Films (France)

So where ohh where is the elusive 15th entry ? Perhaps a surprise in the making, the one that might not be quite ready yet.


Espoo International Film Festival is found in Finland EIFF

by Marianne Wi

Espoo International Film Festival is preparing for an influx of over excited cinema goers, they will be kicking off on the 19th of August, running until the 28th of August 2011. Espoo has a very exciting programme with great variety and, of course, they have chilled Snaps and Smoked Reindeer meat too, if you are feeling a little peggish. Finland is always ready to give Italy a chance, and although this Festival is relatively small, we have been well represented, lets hear it for the Finns Hip Hip Hurraa – Hip hip Hurraa, me rakastamme Suomi.

The films picked by our northern friends for their 2011 programme are:

Il ragazzo con la biciletta, The Kid With A Bike, Le gamin au vélo directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne do not miss this excellent film, well worth booking in advance and go easy on the Snaps.

Gianni e le donne, The salt of life directed by Gianni Di Gregorio. You loved Pranzo di farragosto, Mid August Lunch and you will love The Salt of Life as it flows gently past the fjords.

Hai paura del buio,  Are You Afraid of the Dark directed by Massimo Coppola, this has not been seen by us poor neglected habitants of Sicily, we await its issue on DVD.

Quattro volte, Le, The Four Times directed by Michelangelo Frammartino, another award for this film about goats ? I would not be surprised at all.

A great selection all round I think you will be impressed, there is also Espoo well worth a relaxing few days, the Finns are keen on their Designer Gear so do keep it smart rather than elegant and again get the Tricolor out,  casually attach it to your Vespa’s, as you arrive or throw it even more nonchalant on the back of the old yet shiny 500.



68th Venice International Film Festival has gone Italian.

by Marianne Wi

The list of Italian entries in the 68th International Film Festival in Venice ”Controcampo Italiano” have been publicised and I am trying to get the momentum up by hitting the accelerator with a vengeance. If you are looking to see the latest films produced in Italy you usually need to look to the big International Film Festivals such as London and dare I say it Moscow for a sizeable portion of films, both did us ever so proud during their last season, you will also do well checking out the Italian Film Festivals both in the UK, Australia and the States, the place to look last is inevitable Italy, where you will need to have the patience of a least two Saints one will just not do, Italian distributed is in a class of its own. Venice this year has gone all out with 7 new feature films, 6 documentaries and 7 shorts, they will all premier and they will all be in competition so I believe although that seem a bit exaggerated; let’s wait and see. There are also a number of interesting events not to be missed such as UN foglio bianco, A White Sheet directed by Maurizio Zaccaro, exciting stuff.

The 7 feature films are :

Scialla, Hello there (possible English title) directed by Francesco Bruni, it is his first feature with a great cast Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Barbora Bobulova, Filippo Scicchitano, Vinicio Marchioni, Giuseppe Guarino, Prince Manujibeya. We have a sad depressed professor and a teenager with trouble on his mind.

Maternity Blues directed by Fabrizio Cattani, here again an interesting cast in the shape of Andrea Osvart, Monica Birladeanu, Chiara Martegiani Marina Pennafina, Daniele Pecci, Pascal Zullino. Maternity Blues, I am hoping the title is giving it away.

Qualche nuvola, Some Clouds directed by Saverio di Biagio his very first feature staring Elio Germano with a great line-up Greta Scarano, Michele Alhaique, Primo Reggiani, Giorgio Colangeli, Aylin Prandi.

Cose dell’altro mondo, Things of this world directed by Francesco Patierno he too has a great cast  Diego Abatantuono, Valerio Mastandrea, Valentina Lodovini, Sandra Collodel, Grazia Schiavo, Maurizio Donadoni.

Cavalli, Horses directed by Michele Rho again a first feature about horses, I am risking my reputation on this as there are little to nothing on the net about this film. Cast: Vinicio Marchioni, Michele Alhaique, Giulia Michelini, Thomas Trabacchi, Asia Argento, Andrea Occhipinti.

Tutta colpa della musica, Blame the Music directed by Ricky Tognazzi, I guess this is the one to keep your eye on, a star line-up if I ever saw one. Stefania Sandrelli, Ricky Tognazzi, Marco Messeri, Elena Sofia Ricci, Debora Villa, Monica Scattini.

L’arrivo di Wang, directed by Manetti Brothres  starring Ennio Fantastichini e Francesca Cuttica a psychological fantasy-sci film.

The 6 Documentaries are :

Black Blok directed by Carlo Augusto Blacksmidt his very first.

Piazza Garibaldi directed by Davide Ferrario this doc has a number of well know stars, one not to be missed if you like me just love Luciana Littizzetto.

Pugni chiusi, Closed Fists directed by Fiorella Infascelli.

Out of Tehran directed by Monica Maggioni.

Pasta nera, Black Pasta directed by Alessandro Piva.

Quiproquo directed by Elisabetta Sgarbi again on to keep an eye on as it has a number of well know stars Franco Battiato, Nicoletta Braschi, Umberto Eco, Andrea Renzi.

The 7 Shorts are:

Il maestro, The Master directed by Maria Grazia Cucinotta staring Renato Scarpa and Giselda Volodi. I want to see this one her first venture off screen.

A chjàna directed by Jonas Carpignano staring Koudous Seihun and Cheik Baily Kane.

Alice directed by Roberto de Paolis staring  Giulia Bevilacqua and Edoardo Pesce.

The Cricket directed by Stefano Lorenzi staring Birol Ünel and Edoardo Gabriellini.

Eco da luogo colpito, Echo from the Accected Area directed by Carlo Michele Schirinzi staring  Francesca Cazzato and Matteo Fachechi.

Prove per un naufragio della parola,  Testing the Word of a Shipwrecked directed by Elisabetta Sgarbi staring Fabrizio Gifuni and Sonia Bergamasco.

My Name is Sid directed by Giovanni Virgilo staring Alessio Vassallo, Liborio Natalia.

Special Events Screenings:

La Tratta, Trafficing directed by Barbara Cupisti a documentary.

Clado grigio, clado nero – Hot Grey, Hot Black directed by Marco Dentici a documentary.

Rudolf Jacobs, l’uomo che nacque morendo, The Man That Was Born Dying directed by Luigi M Faccini, staring Marina Piperno, Carlo Prussiani and Alessandro Cecchinelli this is a docu-fiction.

Andata e ritorno, Round trip directed by one of my favorit actersses Donatella Finocchiaro her first stab at directing a documentery.

Dai nostri inviati – La RAI racconta la Mostra del cinema 1968 – 1979, From our Correspondents – RAI tells the Venice Film Festival 1968 – 1979 directed by Giuseppe Giannotti, Enrico Salcatori and Davide Savelli. Documentary. 

Pivano Blues – Sulla strada di Nanda, Pivano Blues, On the Road to Nanda directed by Teresa Marchesi staring some great musiocisians Fernanda Pivano, Patti Smith, Vasco Rossi, Luciano Ligabue one not to miss.

Schuberth – L’atelier della dolce vita, Schuberth – and the Workshop of  the sweet life directed by Antonello Sarno. Documentery.

Hollywood Invasion directed by Marco Spagnoli. Documentary.

Un foglio bianco, A White Sheet directed by Maurizio Zaccaro a documentary staring Ermanno Olmi, Michael Lonsdale and Rutger Hauer.

There are 2 Italian films entered for ”International Film Critics  Week”  this year too, they are Là-bas by Guido Lombardi a sad story about immigration and the massacre at Castel Volturno in 2008, it has been a long time in the making as it is in French and English with subtitles, no dubbing? The second film Mission Peace directed by Fracesco Lagi a comedy filmed in the former Yugoslavia staring Silvio Orlando playing an Army Captian struggling with his pacifist son after capturing a war criminal. Fracesco Lagi said about this film  “The idea was to use comedy to talk about things dramatic, current and burning. I wanted to look at the issue of military missions abroad, but also on family, a war on and off with the two characters in conflict yet intertwined ”  I so want to see these two films……….
Films in competition for the ‘Critics  Week” are:
Opening Film  – Stockholm Ostra directed by Simon Kaijser da Silva (Sweden)
El-field directed by Hernan Belon (Argentina)
El de los machetes linguaje directed by Kyzza Terrazas (Mexico)
Là-bas directed by Guido Lombardi (Italy)
The land of  outragée directed by Michale Boganim (France-Ukraine)
Louise Wimmer directed by Cyril Mennegun (France)
Merécages directed by Edoin-Guy (Canada)
Totem directed by Jessica Krummacher (Germany)
Closing Film – Peace Mission directed by Francesco Lagi (Italy).
The International Art Section with 3 Italian entries :
Quando la notte, When the Night directed by Cristina Comencini starring Claudia Pandolfi and Filippo Timi.
Terraferma, Mainland directed by Emanuele Crialese starring Donatella Finocchiaro and Beppe Fiorello.
L’ultimo terrestre, The Lasy Earth directed by catroonish Gipi.

Out of competition in this section will be Scossa, Shock directed by Citto Maselli, Carlo Lizzani, Ugo Gregoretti e Nino Russo

Il villaggio di  Cartone, The Carboard Village directed by Ermanno Olmi

Finally a short Venice 2011 directed by Pietro Marcello Marco Bellocchio

Marco Bellocchio to receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement 10.05.2011


The 68th Venice Film Festival has chosen their Italian entries…. 7 of everything.

by Marianne Wi

The hype around the 68th Venice Film Festival starting on the 31st August 2011 is in full swing, they have chosen their Italian entries, always an exciting moment. My lucky number is 7 so I am again getting just that little too excited about it all, 7 shorts, 7 documentaries and 7 features, did that happen on purpose or by change, I want to know as if that was not enough to excite you they will all be world premiers and  all be in competition in their respective groups. Will there be enough awards ? Yes Sir, we have got an additional 2 awards for shorts and documentaries.

The list of the chosen films are:

Not yet issued, lets keep the suspense going just that little bit longer…… I wonder who will be presenting which film.

What we do know for sure is that George Clooney will be opening the festival without Elisabetta Canalis, who will he bring onto the red carpet? I am putting my money on Sandra Bullock although I reserve the right to change that bet anytime I feel like it.

Al Pacino will be receiving the  Premio Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 della Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica  – Award Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory To The Filmmaker of the 2011 Venice International Film Festival.

I am loving it already.


Odessa International Film Festival OIFF

by Marianne Wi

The Odessa International Film Festival is just round the corner and will be opening its doors on the 15th July 2011, it  will be running for a full 8 days showing an aray of International Films. Odessa has gone rather unconventional this year where Italy is concerned, Odessa has been kind enough to screen three Italian entries, lets hear it for Odessa” hip hip hurrah”, now how they chose which of the three should be in competition however is a little bit suspect, I am putting it out there that Cetto La Qualunque has put money where his mouth is and demanded a place,  Cetto gets what Cetto wants, no matter what. Yes,  a surprising choise to enter in competition, when you are also screening Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope, I think you will agree.

The three films championed by Odessa are:

Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope  directed by Nanni Moretti

Mine Vaganti, Loose Cannons directed by Ferzan Ozpetek

Qualunquemente, Whatsoeverly directed by Giulio Manfredonia in Competition

Ok, let run with it no matter how extraordinary we might find it, Odessa is a super place for a break so why not take in a film on the way. Keep it elegant folks, elegance is the operative word in Odessa.

Jerusalem Film Festival JFF

by Marianne Wi

Jerusalem Film Festival JFF, they are not feeling the love for Italy and personally I am not over excited about their website, you would think if there is a search button and you type in Italy, Italian entries would appear ? לא לא באתר .

They do have a Festival running from the 7th to the 16th of July 2011 and we have not been completely alienated.

Jerusalem will be showing:

 Gianni e le donne, The Salt of Life directed by Gianni Di Gregorio

Gangor directed by Italo Spinelli

I have said it before and I never tire of repeating myself, keep it smart yet a little reserved no need to overdo the tricolor.


Il Globo d’oro, Golden Globe Nominations and Winners 2011

by Marianne Wi

Whoop Whoop there is another award, let’s try to muster some excitement shall we, there is even the odd new comer on this awards palcoscenico, so let’s be joyous and why not spend a few moments wondering who will win the fabulous Golden Globe. The Italian version of the Hollywood’s Golden Globe is “Il Globo d’oro” it was first handed out in 1959 and have been going stong since. Rome is hosting the awards at Villa Massimo Accademia Tedesca in Rome, the Jury are found among the Foreign Press.

This years nominations and winners are :

Nomination for Best Film

Nomination for Best Director

Nomination for Best Newcomer Director

  • Into Paradiso di Paola Randi
  • L’Estate di Martino, Martins Summer directed by Massimiliano Natale
  • 20 Sigarette , 20 Cigarettes directed by Aureliano Amadei WON 

Nominations for Best Comedy

Nominations for Best Screenplay

  • Emidio Greco per Notizie dagli Scavi, Notice of the Excavations WON 
  • Giancarlo de Cataldo e Mario Martone per Noi Credevamo, We Believed
  • Saverio Costanzo per La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi, The Solitude of Prime Numbers

Nominations for Best Actress

  • Paola Cortellesi for Nessuno mi può Giudicare, No One can Judge Me directed by di Massimiliano Brun
  • Piera Degli Esposti per I bambini della sua vita di Peter Marcias  WON 
  • Alba Rohrwacher for La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi , The Solitude of Prime Numbers directed by Saverio Costanzo

Nominations for Best Actor

  • Raoul Bova for Nessuno mi può Giudicare , No One can Judge Me directed by Massimiliano Bruno WON 
  • Elio Germano per La Nostra Vita, Our Life directed by Daniele Luchetti
  • Toni Servillo for Gorbaciof directed by Stefano Incerti

European Golden Globe
Riccardo Scamarcio WON WHY ?


Il Nastro d’argento, The Silver Ribbon the winners list 2011

by Marianne Wi

Il Nastro d’argento, The Silver Ribbon here are the nominations and winners list for 2011, there are no surprises sadly all a little predictable, although Alba and Alice Rohrwacher both getting a Ribbon must see the boat being kicked out with a few glasses of prosecco in that house hold. The Silver Ribbon awards started in 1947 set up by Steno and Anton Majano together with Michelangelo Antonioni and Antonio Pietrageli, there have been few changes since the original awards, it is the oldest European Film Award decided by Journalists and Film critics, based on the year the films were released, usually presented after the Taormina Film Festival .

The Nominations for 2011 are:

Best Director

Nanni Moretti for Habemus Papam, We have a Pope WON

Saverio Costanzo for La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi, The Solitude of Prime Numbers

Pasquale Scimeca for Malavoglia, The House of the Medlar Tree

Marco Bellocchio for Sorelle Mai, Sisters Mai

Cladio Cupellini for Una vita tranquilla, A Quiet Life

Best Director Newcomer

Edoardo Leo for 18 Anni dopo, 18 years later

Alberto Amadei for 10 Sigarette, 20 Cigarettes

Alice Rohrwacher for Corpo CelesteHeavenly Body  WON

Ascanio  Celestini for La Pecora Nera, The Black Sheep

Massimiliano Bruno for Nessuno mi puo giudicare, No One Can Judge Me (Possible English title)

Best Comedy

Benvenuti al Sud, Welcome to the South

Boris il Film, Boris the Film

Che Bella Giornata, What a beautiful Day (Possible English Title)

Femmine contro maschi, Women versus Men (Possible English Title)

Gianni e le donne, The Salt of Life

Immaturi, The Juveniles (Possible English Title)

La Banda dei Babbi Natale,The Gang of Santa’s (Possible English Title)

La vita facile, An Easy Life

Maschi contra femmine, Men versus Women (Possible English Title)

Nessuno mi puo giudicare, No One Can Judge Me (Possible English Title) WON

Qualunquemente, Whatsoeverly

Senza arte ne parte, Make a Fake

Best Actor

Alessandro Siani in Benvenuti al Sud, Welcome to the South

Cladio Bisio in Benvenuti al Sud, Welcome to the South

Toni Servillo in Il Gioiellino, The Little Germ

Raul Bova in Nessuno me puo giudicare, No One Can Judge Me (Possible English Title)

Emilio Solfrizzi in Se sei cosi, ti dico si , If You Are Like that , Then I say yes (Possible English Title)

Toni Servilla in Una vita tranquilla, A Quiet life

Kim Rossi Stuart in Vallanzasca- Gli angeli del male, Angles of Evil  WON

Best Supporting  Actor

Rocco Papaleo for Che bella giornata, What a beautiful Day (Possible English Title)

Giuseppe Battiston for Figli delle stelle, Children of the Stars (Possible English Title)

Giuseppe Battiston for La Passione, The Passion  WON

Giuseppe Battiston for Senza arte ne parte, Make a fake

Geppy Gleijeses for Gorbaciof

Ricky Memphis for Immaturi 2, The Juveniles 2 (Possible English Title)

Maurizio Mattioli for Immaturi, The Juveniles (Possible English Title)

Giorgio Colangeli for La donna della mia vita, The Women in my Life (Possible English Title)

Giorgio Colangeli for Tatanka

Best Actress

Angela Finocchiaro in Benvinuti al Sud, Welcome to the South

Isabella Ragones for Il Primo Incarico, The First Assignment (Possible English Title)

Angela Finocchiaro for La banda dei Babbi Natale, The Gang of Santa’s (Possible English Title)

Alba Rohrwacher for La solitudine dei numeri primi, The Solitude of Prime Numbers WON

Donatell Finocchiaro for Manuale d’amore 2, Stages of Love 2

Paola Cortellesi for Maschi contro femmine, Men versus Women

Paola Cortellesi for Nessuno mi puo giudicare, No One Can Judge Me  (Possible English Title)

Donatella Finocchiaro for Sorelle Mai, Sisters Mai

Best Supporting Actress

Carolina Crescentini for 20 Sigarette, 20 Cigarettes

Valentina Loidovini in Benvenuti al sud, Welcome to the South

Carolina Crescentini for Boris il Film, Boris The Film WON

Pasqualina Scuncia for Corpo Celeste, Heavenly Body

Anita Caprioli for Corpo Celeste, Heavenly Body

Anna Foglietta for Nessuno mi puo giudicare, No One Can Judge Me  (Possible English Title)

Best Screenplay

Massimo Gaudioso for Benvenuti al sud, Welcome to the South  WON

Antonio Capuano for L’amore Buio, Love in the Dark  (Possible English Title)

Daniele Gaglianone for Mala tempora currunt.Pietro e gli eremiti Abruzzesi

Nennella Buonaiuto for Malavoglia, The House of the Medlar Tree

Tonino Guerra for Malavoglia, The House of the Medlar Tree

Pasquale Scimeca for Malavoglia, The House of the Medlar Tree

Eldorado Falcone for Nessuno mi puo giudicare, No One Can Judge Me  (Possible English Title)

Fausto Brizzi for Nessuno mi puo giudicare, No One Can Judge Me  (Possible English Title)

Massimiliano Bruno for Nessuno mi puo giudicare, No One Can Judge Me  (Possible English Title)

Best European Film  

Another Year directed by Mike Leigh

The Kings Speech directed by Tom Hooper WON

In a Better World Susanne Bier

Potiche directed by Francois Ozon

Men of God directed by Xavier Beauvois

Best Foreign Film out of Europe      

Hereafter directed by Clint Eastwood WON

Black Swan  directed by Darren Aronofsky

Inception directed by Christopher Nolan

The Social Network directed by  David Fincher

Winter’s Bones directed by Debra Granik

Other winners are :

Pupi Avati will be this years recipient of Il Nastro d’agento speciale, The Special Silver Ribbon for his film Sconfinata giovinezza, Endless Youth (possible English title).

Mario Martone will pick up Il Nastro d’argento collettivo, The Collective Silver Ribbon for Noi credevamo, We Believed.


Munich International Film Festival MIFF

by Marianne Wi

You look for love and support from you nearest and dearest in life as in Film Festivals, so scouring the Munich International Film Festival‘s program for proof that Italy was not forgotten, I felt a little unloved only 5 entries and one of them is suspect.

What did the wise Ladies and Gentlemen of Munich pick for their 2011 film fest?

Barnesy’s Version directed by Richard J Lewis. It has Italian money invested in it so I am claiming it for us, end off !

Il Castello, The Castle directed by Martina Parenti and Massimo D’anolti, not a film I have heard much about, it was seen at Swaziland’s Film Festival in April 2011 otherwise niente.

Et In Terra Pax, And Peace on Earth  directed by Matteo Bofrugno and Daniele Coluccini

Corpo Celeste, Heavenly Body directed by Alice Rohrwacher, she will be receiving 12,ooo euros for the best new talent award ” CineVision Award” last year it went to  Michelangelo Frammartino  for the film ”Le quattro volte”, ”The four Times” they might not be drooling over Italian Films but they are putting their money where their mouth is.

La solitudine dei numeri primi,  The Solitude of prime numbers directed by Saverio Costanzo, Pietro di Daniele Gaglianone

Not a kick in the teeth I grant you, yet I had hoped for a little more exuberance oozing from Southern Germany, close enough to smell our coffee, that’s all I am saying and just look at the love oozing from Moscow International Film Festival 2011.


St. Peterburgs International Film Festival has not let us down

by Marianne Wi

June is the month in Russia for International Film Festivals, St. Petersburg International Film Festival kicks off on the 23rd June and will finish on the 26th June 2011, they are not as excited about Italian films this year as the Moscow International Film Festival also kicking off on the 23rd of June 2011, now the Muscovites who are positively drooling over Italian Films at the moment are screening 15 feature films and 2 documentaries whoop, whoop.

St. Petersburg is a must see if you are in those parts of the wood, stunning buildings, gardens, castles and Museums are all plentiful, do not forget the Film Festival, I said they were not over excited, yet they have found 3 feature films to screen so lets again rejoice and lets hear it for the  Петри and as always let show some style, lets leave a good impression.

Italian Films Are :

Baaria directed by Giuseppe Tornatore

Caravaggio directed by Angelo Longoni . TV will turned cinema, with great success

Le Quattro Volte, The Four Times directed by Michelangelo Frammartino,

This film is top of the league when it comes to Film Festivals and Awards for 2010, it has been shown at over 115 film festivals and it is still going strong, it has some 35 awards already and they will also increase as the year proceed. Yes, the film I did not like as I thought the continuity was terrible and I was bored and irritated because of it, I feel shame however I do always feel very very pleased for Frammartino though, it takes guts to shoot a film about old goats and a dying man, it has paid of and deservedly so.

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