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.
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.
Giuseppe Tornatore, what is happening on the film front? I am only asking as it is now 2 years since Baaria and I do think it is time to get on with a new project, for me a documentay does not count I want a feature film. Leningrad, to be exact it feels as if it has been at the planning stage since the beginning of time, it has now finally moved into pre-production and is expected to be released in 2012 in the USA. There is only a limited amount of information on the web at the moment however the official storyline is (courtesy of Imdb.com)”The historical epic depicts the siege of Leningrad by the German army during World War II. The Russians suffered terrible losses but the Communists would not give up the birthplace of the Russian revolution” it will be an epic production and rumors has it that Al Pacino has already signed up and Tornatore will himself play a part. The screenplay is written by Sergio Leone and the music as always will be by the great Italian composer Ennio Morricone. Rumored estimated budget is $ 100,000,000.00, it is a production between Italy’s Medusa and USA’s Nu Image, I smell succsss. Of course, it also presents us with a history lesson something to be grateful for, I think you will agree.