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New Zealand International Film Festival has kicked off

by Marianne Wi

New Zealand International Film Festival is a bit of an odd ball, you need to think Country rather than City, it kicked off on the 14th July 2011 in Auckland and will be travelling coast to coast until the 20th November 2011 when it draws its final breath in Kerikeri. There are a number of films from Italy, so we cannot complain although if you feel so inclined, why not have a quiet sulk, I am, as there are 2 films I have not even heard of uhmmm.

The Italian Films screened are:

La dolce vita directed by Federico Fellini 1960 (Italy)

Le quattro volte, The Four Times directed by Michelangelo Frammartino 2010 (Switzerland, Italy, Germany)

Passione, Passion directed by John Turturro 2010 (Italy, USA)

Gianni e le donne, The Salt of Life directed by Gianni di Gregorio 2011 (Italy)

La solitudine dei numeri primi, The Solitude of Prime numbers directed by Saverio Costanzo 2010 (Italy)

Il ragazzo con il biciletta, The Kid With a Bike directed by  Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne 2011 (France, Italy)

The Forgiveness of Blood directed by Joshua Marston 2011 ( Albania, Denmark, Italy and the USA)

My Reincarnation directed by Jennifer Fox 2010 Documentary (Germany, Switzerland, Italy, USA, The Netherlands)

OK, so we have 3 pure Italian entries and a number of co-productions, the two films not to me missed are The Kid with the Bike and The Salt of Life, of course you must see The Four Times if you are into old goats, the latter is bound to win awards galore during its travels around New Zealand, they have a love for sheep, producing some of the best lamb you can get in the world, they will be vaxing lyrics over ” The Four Times” mark my words.

Dress code in NZ is relaxed to the point of scruffiness, let’s be honest so although there is no great need to spend hours getting ready, it does not harm to make a little effort before leaving home.  Again, a word to the wise, they tend to drink their beer out of a ”tinnie”, trust me there is no shame in asking for a glass, it may be plastic so try to keep that stiff upper lip and ”fai finta” manners never harmed anyone. This festival is exciting as it takes in 14 cities so do try to make some effort here, lets see the local Italian population out waving the tricolor.


Top Ten Italian Award Winners of the Last Decade (Male)

by Marianne Wi

I was recently asked to provide a list of my top 5 Italian Films released during the first 6 months of 2011, I am seriously struggling to find 3 so while I am  having a heated debate with my virtual self, I have been taking a look at the past decade, who in the Italian Film Industry have  won the most awards ? Exciting stuff on a hot day in Sicily, I have separated the winners into male and female categories, because I can.

Top Awards given to an Italian Male during the last decade are :

10   Antonio Martino with 38

08  Michele Placido with 40  (shared)

08  Matteo Garrone with 40  (shared)

06  Michelangelo Frammartino 41 ( for one film Le quattro volte, The Four Times 2010)(shared)

06  Giuseppe Tornatore with 41 (shared)

05  Marco Bellocchino with 42

04  Pupi Avati with 44

03  Ferzan Ozpetek with 54

02  Paolo Sorrentino with 61

01  Giorgio Diritti with 63

I loved Diritti’s film Il vento fa il suo giro, The Wind goes round out in 2005,  it was a truly awesome film from this Italian first time director. Diritti followed that up with L’Uomo che Verrà, The Man That Will Come, I was very disappointed with that particular film purely because Spike Lee directed Miracle at St. Anna a year earlier, it was panned in Italy although a 100 % superior production, more and less the same subject bar a few black soilders and the sex of a child, I am still quietly seething over the Italians reaction to Spike Lee, do not critique or even express an opinion about a film you have not seen, that is all I am saying. Information courtesy of the great folk of Cinema Info.


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.


Midnight Sun Film Festival MSFF Sounds just awesome

by Marianne Wi

The Midnight Sun Film Festival is about to open its doors with an interesting mix of films this year. It will be running from the 15th to the 19th of June 2011, so if you are heading up to see the Northern lights, stop off at Sodankyla for a day or two, it is a truly stunning place to take in a film and of course the Midnight Sun too, if you have time stay for the 21st and the big celebrations for the longest day, you will not regret it.

They have been generous to Italy, I would say they are even flirting a wee bit as they are screening 4 Italian films in was is only a 4 day Festival, I am warming to the Finns as long as they go easy on the Snaps and the smoked Reindeer meat, that said I just had Reindeer Salami from Catania’s IKEA it was pretty darn good, so watch it Rudolf.

The Finns have picked the following entries :

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

Le quatre volte, The Four Times directed by Michelangelo Frammartino

Roma, Rome restored and directed by Federico Fellini

La Dolce Vita directed by Federico Fellini

Nice to see a bit of retro at these festivals, well done Fellini.


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.

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