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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.



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.


Transilvania goes Italian in Sibiu and Cluj-Napoca

by Marianne Wi

The Transylvanian International Film Festival kickers off in Cluj-Napoca on the 3rd June with a number of Italian films until the 12th of June 2011, where it will pack its bags and move onto Sibiu, running from the 15th June 2011 untill the doors slams shut on the 19th June 2011.

Transylvania, I know me too, vision of black horses dragging an old carriage that would rival the Royal Wedding in the UK, vampires , Count Dracula, garlic and a gold crosses, horror galore, that is what Transylvania means to me too, now is the time to move on, give the people of Romania a change to shine, both Sibiu and Cluj-Napoca are impressive towns, there are so many interesting places, you would not know what to see first.

The Festival is in its 10th year and is giving Italy a good showcase, what films have they picked this year ? Here is your list:

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

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

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

La boca del lupo directed by Pietro Marcello

Solitude of Numbers directed by Saverio Costanzo

Somewhere directed by Sophia Coppola ok ok its not Italian, I just could not resist.


Wisconsin Film Festival WFF

by Marianne Wi

Woooooher, Wisconsin Film Festival 2011 will be showing 4 Italian Films, please can we all rejoice together as neither San Fransisco, Dallas, Hawaii, RiverRun, Sonoma and Arizona International Film Festivals were able to find just one single Italian film this year, I think we need to go all out for Wisconsin lets sing a song, try a small tribal dance, anything to show some appreciation for our friends in Wisconsin. I was not really sure where this state was either so you now have a link to knowledge too, go explore.

They have found 4 Italian films to show during their festival, of course,  we have the Le Quattro Volte, The Four Times my life would not be the same if that was not included 2 x Hip Hip Hurrahs for the director Michelangelo Frammartino, who must be having the time of his life, not only does Le Quattro Volte get to appear in nearly all International Film Festivals, it wins prices and awards too, top film….. OK, I did not like it I was ever so bored I was wrong, as it has been applauded everywhere so go form your own opinion, do not huff like that in my direction, I am human and I have failed you all with respect to this film……. DARN.

Also shown are:

Mine Vagante Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek

Le Amiche  Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

The Perfect Team Directed by Michael Rogosin a documentary co produced between Italy, France and the USA.



Italian Film Festival Scotland kicking off on the 1st April 2011

by Marianne Wi

Italian Film Festival Scotland is kicking off on the 1st April 2011 and will show some very exciting Italian Films until the 14th April 2011.  The Festival is as always distributed over 3 hotspots namely Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, it is perfectly acceptable to turn up in all 3 Cities, do try however to sport new designer gear at each location, remember you are representing “La Bella Figura”, go easy on the “Tricolore” it can be perceived as tacky even if produced by The House of  Armani !

Lots of changes have appeared during this years Festival, it used to be run in conjunction with the Italian FIlm Festival London (re-named and now known as ” Italian Cinema London ” reasons are still unexplained although one could guess at internal politics and or inflated egos)

The programme is interesting without any great surprises, The Four Times, Le quattro volte, what is it about this film ? I found it so very boring, the goat was not even the same throughout, and I am flabbergasted that this slooooooow film showing goats and a Sheppard appears at every Italian and International Film Festival winning prices and awards too, WHY ? That said it is Italian and I am very pleased for Michelangelo Frammartino .

Films at this years festival are:

The Girl by the Lake, La ragazza del Lago directed by Andrea Molaioli

A Quiet Life, Una vita tranquilla directed by Claudio Cuppelini

One Man Up, L’uomo in piu directed by Paolo Sorrentino

The Double Hour, La doppia ore directed by Giuseppe Capotondi

The First Beautiful Thing, La prima cosa bella directed by Paolo Virzi

The Four Times, Le Quattro volte directed by Michelangelo Frammartino

Kiss Me Again, Baciami ancore directed by Silvio Muccino

Passione directed by John Turturro

The Passion, La Passione directed by Carlo Mazzacurati

The Sicilian Girl, La siciliana ribelle directed by Marco Amenta

We Can do That, Si puo fare directed by Giulio Manfredonia

What a Beautiful Day, Che Bella giornata directed by Gennaro Nunziate

General Della Rovere, Il generale della Rover directed by Roberto Rossellini

The Girlfriends, Le Amiche directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

I think you will agree  this is good entertainment all round, so get yourself organised and lets hear it for Italy.






Le Quattro Volte, Four Times

by Marianne Wi

Le Quattro Volte, Four Times…. I did say you must go and see this film, at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, so I did ….

It won the “Special Jury “price for Italy. Well done to the director Michelangelo Frammartino.


Jameson Dublin International Film Festival JDIFF

by Marianne Wi

Jamerson Dublin International Film Festival 2011 has it’s opening night on the 17th February 2011 and it’s closing Gala on the 27th February 2011.

Dublin’s Film Festival is Ireland’s biggest and it is hugely popular, they have an extensive imaginative programme with films from around the world. I have looked up the Italian entries and feel more than a little deflated, sadly the entries is a reflection on the current Italian film industry and their great passion for comedies, unfortunately humor does not travel lightly and Italy is paying for it  this year abroad.

Rotterdam International Film Festival and  Sedona International Film Festival among others have failed to enter even one Italian film in their otherwise versatile repertoires.

Dublin  (sending love from Sicily to Ireland)  has made the effort and there are a great selection of ” OUT OF THE PAST ” films,  yes chaps out of a very distant past. Lets rejoice for at least for 15  minutes over the fact that the Irish love our old films, films most Italians will not have seen or heard of.

Italians in Ireland opportunity knocks ,here is your change to catch up with a bit of Italian Cinema History, get yourself booked in and bring some style and elegance to the show, please do show your support.

Films from out of the past category are :

Beautiful,  Bellissima   – 1951 –   Luchino Visconti

The Girlfriends, Le Amiche –  1955   –   Michelangelo Antonioni

The Birds, The Bees and the Italians, Signore e Signori  –  1966 – Pietro Germi

Three Brothers, Tree Fratelli  – 1981  –  Francesco Rosi

The Anonymous Venetian, Anonimo Veneziano  –  1970 – Enrico Maria Salerno

Interview, Intervista  – 1987 n – Federico Fellini

Chaos, Kaos   –  1984  –  Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani

I love Bellisima, Beautiful and Le Amiche, The Girlfriends if you are not going to see all the films , they would be my choise for sure, great Italian Cinema at it’s very best

Two films not from “Out of the past” are :

Dark Love, L’amore Buio  Classified under Discovery, this film was released in September 2010, however as yet has not been released nationwide , it was also shown at last years London Film Festival to great acclaim. The director is Antonio Capuano and his gritty story about a gang rape, a Naples juvenile detention center, a victims story and a repentant young aggressor , is a must see film. I hope Capuano will get enough attention abroad for the film to be released here too, Valeria Galino is staring in the film making that a possibility for sure.

Le Quattro Volte , Four Times  classified under Real to Reel ( clever play on words there Ireland) and directed by Michelangelo Frammartino . This film has been released in Art House cinemas here in Italy and is shown at many International Film Festivals. I am not a fan, I tried…… twice actually to see the point of this film, I failed on both occasions. We follow the final months of a shepherds life , lots of nice landscape and lots of goats, many hidden meanings and parallels between them both. I highly recommend that you go and see it , as I am very much alone in not liking it.


Berlinale Film Festival, Italian films.

by Marianne Wi


Berlinale Film Festival running from the 10th February to the 20th February 2011 have included the following Italian films in their  programme this year:

Qualunquemente , Whateverly  (2011)

Perdizione   ( 2006)

Le Quattro Volte, The four lives (2010)

Gianni e le donne, The salt of life   ( 2010)

Il Marchese del Grillo, The Marquis   ( 1981)

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