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Best film of 2011, looking at the First Qtr.

by Marianne Wi

Best film of 2011 ? early days so lets look at the first quarter, who are the movers and shakers up among the top 3 on the Festival circuit and which Italian Film has conquered  the Box Office.

Top Dog on the Festival and Award circuit:

3rd place  Malavoglia, The House of the Medlar Tree directed by Pasquale Scimeca shown at 26 festivals, winning 2 awards.

2nd place Febbre da Fieno, Hayfever  directed by Laura Luchetti with 20 Festivals and 4 awards.

1st place Into Paradiso directed by Paola Livia Randi with 20 festivals and 5 awards

Not really a clear winner so far as films like  “In the Market” directed by Lorenzo Lombardi has only been seen at 9 festivals however it has already won 6 awards as has  “Un giorno della vita, A Day in the Life” directed by Giuseppe Papasso shown only at 2 festivals yet right up there with 6 awards.

Top of the Box Office Italian only :

3rd place Femmine contro maschi, Women against Men directed by Fausto Brizzi (I did not review it, left at the interval, it was that irritating)

2nd place Immaturi, The Juveniles directed by Paolo Genovese

1st place Qualunquemente, Whatsoeverly directed by Giulio Manfredonia

I think we have a number of good films coming out so this will surely change by the time we hit the 2nd quarter.


Seattle International Film Festival SIFF

by Marianne Wi

If you are sleepless in Seattle, don’t be as the International Film Festival is kicking off on the 19th May 2011 and will be showing some exciting Italian films untill the 12th of June 2011. All you need is to book your tickets and smarten up before you hit 9th Avenue North. Seattle has made the effort so do not make Italy look “La brutta Figura”. For full programme click here

The Italian Films shown this year are:

Vallanzasca – Gli angeli del male, Angles of Evil directed by Michele Placido

Gorbaciof, Gorbacov directed by Stefano Incerti

Febbre da fieno, Hayfever directed by Laura Luchetti

Una vita tranquilla,  A Quiet Life directed by Cladio Cuppellini

La nostra vita, Our Life directed by Daniele Luchetti.  Elio Germani just won Best Actor for his role in this film at the 2011 David di Donatello awards.

La Dolce Vita (1960) directed by Frederico Fellini

As you can see there is no need to hang around feeling sleepless, get you glad rags on and catch a few of the 2010 selection of Italian Films.


Cleveland International Film Festival CIFF

by Marianne Wi

Cleveland International Film Festival CIFF  will be off to a flying start on the 24th March and will run until 3rd of April 2011.

I have looked through their programme and I am ever so slightly confused. I see them showing 2 Italian films Basilicata Coast to Coast directed by Rocco Papaleo and Febbre da fieno, Hayfever directed by Laura Luketti, so far so good, although I am always surprised to see Basilicata at these festivals, it is just an average comedy, still it is at least Italian, lets rejoice. The CIFF has some truly awesome films in their programme this year sadly non of them are Italian. When is a film Italian? I am asking myself that right now looking at the CIFF’s website as they are showing 6 Italian films, that is so confusing I think you will agree……

The four additional films listed under Italy are:

Habibi directed by Davide Del Degan:  He is Italian, there are Italian actors, it is a short, the language is Arabic and funding is from Italy and Lebanon. Fair enough this short is sort of Italian.

Hello how are you directed by Alexandru Maftei: He is Romanian, the language is Romanian and it is shot in Romania. Funding came from Romania, Spain and Italy. That is not an Italian film is it; does throwing cash at a Producer really give you the right to proclaim your film a certain nationality?

Mountain Blood directed by Philipp J Pamer: He is Italian, the film was shot in Germany, the language is German, and the actors are German. Funding is German and Italian, I feel uneasy about calling this film Italian.

Into Eternity directed by Michael Madsen: He is Danish, it is a Documentary filmed in Finland, the spoken word is English, Swedish and Finnish. Funding came from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and you guessed it Italy, that does so not make the film Italian.

Soapbox Soapbox where for art thou soapbox I am up in arms and ready to let of steam !

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