Posts tagged ‘Claudia Pandolfi’

16/12/2010

Best Foreign Film Oscar 2011

by Marianne Wi

To follow is a list of films entered for Best Foreign Film at this years Oscars. Italy’s entry is  The First Beautiful Thing directed by Paolo Virzì . Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards will be announced on January 25, 2011 at 5:30 a.m. PT. The Academy Awards ceremony will be held on February 27 2011.

Albania
East, West, East directed by Gjergi Xhuvani

Algeria
Outside the Law directed by Rachid Bouchareb

Argentina
Carancho directed by Pablo Trapero

Austria
La Pivellina directed by Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel

Azerbaijan
Precinct directed by Ilgar Safat

Bangladesh
Third Person Singular Number directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Belgium
Illegal directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Cirkus Columbia directed by Danis Tanovic

Brazil
Lula, the Son of Brazil directed by Fábio Barreto

Bulgaria
Eastern Plays directed by Kamen Kalev

Canada
Incendies directed by Denis Villeneuve

Chile
The Life of Fish directed by Matías Bize
China
Aftershock directed by Feng Xiaogang

Colombia
Crab Trap directed by Oscar Ruíz Navia
Costa Rica
Of Love and Other Demons directed by Hilda Hidalgo
Croatia
The Blacks directed by Goran Devic and Zvonimir Juric

Czech Republic
Kawasaki’s Rose directed by Jan Hrebejk

Denmark
In a Better World directed by Susanne Bier

Egypt
Messages from the Sea directed by Daoud Abdel Sayed

Estonia
The Temptation of St. Tony directed by Veiko Öunpuu

Finland
Steam of Life directed by Joonas Berghail & Mika Hotakainen

France
Of Gods and Men directed by Xavier Beauvoi

Georgia
Street Days directed by Levan Koguashvili

Germany
When We Leave directed by Feo Aladag

Greece
Dogtooth directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Hong Kong
Echoes of the Rainbow by Alex Law

Hungary
Bibliotheque Pascal directed by Szabolcs Hajdu

Iceland
Mamma Gogo directed by Fridrik Thor

India
Peepli Live directed by Anusha Rizvi
Indonesia
How Funny (This Country Is) directed by Deddy Mizwar

Iran
Farewell Baghdad directed by Mehdi Naderi

Iraq
Son of Babylon directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji

Israel
The Human Resources Manager directed by Eran Riklis
Italy
The First Beautiful Thing directed by Paolo Virzì

Japan
Confessions directed by Tetsuya Nakashima

Kazakhstan
Strayed directed by Akan Satayev

Latvia
Hong Kong Confidential directed by Maris Martinsons

Macedonia
Mothers directed by Milcho Manchevski

Mexico
Biutiful directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Netherlands
Tirza directed by Rudolph van den Berg

Nicaragua
La Yuma directed by Florence Jaugey

Norway
Angel directed by Margreth Olin

Peru
Undertow directed by Javier Fuentes-León

Phillippines
Noy directed by Dondon Santos

Poland
All That I Love directed by Jacek Borcuch
Portugal
To Die Like a Man directed by João Pedro Rodrigues

Puerto Rico
Miente directed by Rafi Mercado

Romania
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle directed by Florin Serban

Russia
The Edge directed by Aleksei Uchitel

Serbia
Besa directed by Srdjan Karanovic

Slovakia
The Border directed by Jaroslav Vojtek

South Africa
Life, Above All directed by Oliver Schmitz

South Korea
A Barefoot Dream directed by Tae-gyun Kim

Spain
Even the Rain directed by Iciar Bollain

Sweden
Simple Simon directed by Andreas Ohman

Switzerland
La petite chambre directed by Stéphanie Chaut & Véronique Reymond

Taiwan
Monga directed by Doze Niu

Thailand
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives directed by Apichatpong Weerathesakul
Turkey
Honey directed by Semih Kaplanoglu

Venezuala
Hermano directed by Marcel Rasquin

09/11/2010

La prima cosa bella, The First beautiful Thing.

by Marianne Wi

Director : Paolo Virzi at his very best, known outside Italy for Catarina va in citta, Catarina in the Big City and My Name is Tanino. When introducing Catarina in the Big City at the London Film Festival , he took his daughter on stage and thanked her for her help, we were promised a Q & A after the showing but alas Mr. Virzi did not come back for it and we sat all 150 members of the paying public waiting………. I am surprised to find this film as the Italian entry to this years Oscar for Best Foreign Film

, however it is a very warm wossy film, it effortlessly moves between 1971 and the present . The wonderful Ramazzotti as the young Anna and the equally wonderful Sandrelli playing the older and dying Anna are both acting superbly.  Will be watching on the 25th January 2011 to see if it is accepted by the Academy. The film won Mastandrea and Ramazzotti a David Donatello best actor/actress award 2010, well deserved.

Cast : Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudia Pandolfi, Marco Messeri, Fabrizia Sacchi, Sergio Albelli, Isabella Cecchi, Dario Ballantini ,Paolo Ruffini and Emanuele Barresi.

Best Moment: So many lovely moments to pick from….When Valerio danced with a dying mother before confronting a  group of laughing teenagers, being the first moment  Valerio showed real love for his mother. I also loved Anna on her death-bed singing with her children and commenting  ” What a life bimbi belli, we had fun my babies didn’t we ? “

Moment I could have done without : No film is that good right ?  I just cannot think of any right at this moment.

La prima cosa bella, well known song in Italy in 1970 song by Nicola di Bari

La prima cosa bella song by Nicola di Bari

Synopsis: Bruno (Valerio Mastandrea) a weak man with a tendency to dabble in mild illegal substances,  reluctantly  dragged back to his home town to deal with his dying mother (Sandrelli) by his sister. The film shifts effortlessly between 1971 and 2009, starting with the young Anna (played with great sensitivity by Ramazzotti) being voted Mum of the year, much to the horror of the young Bruno and the delight of her daughter. The violent husband is supported brilliantly by the angry little boy, the interaction between this young family is a delight to watch, Anna’s continual struggle though the early years keeping any unpleasantness away from the children is heart-warming. You are treated to great comedy and drama throughout this  delightful and touching  film. I think Virzi’s best films so far.

Already out on DVD with English subtitles.

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