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Odessa International Film Festival OIFF

by Marianne Wi

The Odessa International Film Festival is just round the corner and will be opening its doors on the 15th July 2011, it  will be running for a full 8 days showing an aray of International Films. Odessa has gone rather unconventional this year where Italy is concerned, Odessa has been kind enough to screen three Italian entries, lets hear it for Odessa” hip hip hurrah”, now how they chose which of the three should be in competition however is a little bit suspect, I am putting it out there that Cetto La Qualunque has put money where his mouth is and demanded a place,  Cetto gets what Cetto wants, no matter what. Yes,  a surprising choise to enter in competition, when you are also screening Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope, I think you will agree.

The three films championed by Odessa are:

Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope  directed by Nanni Moretti

Mine Vaganti, Loose Cannons directed by Ferzan Ozpetek

Qualunquemente, Whatsoeverly directed by Giulio Manfredonia in Competition

Ok, let run with it no matter how extraordinary we might find it, Odessa is a super place for a break so why not take in a film on the way. Keep it elegant folks, elegance is the operative word in Odessa.

Italian Box Office; great to see an Italian Film Leading the Flock

by Marianne Wi

Agis, has released the Box Office figures up to the 8th of June 2011, I am surprised but delighted to see the top two films are Italian, I expected an American Bockbuster to have come in first. Whoop, Whoop I think that calls for some kind of celebration………..cassata with a small glass of Vino Santo

Top Ten at the Italian Box Office so far for 2011 are:

1.  Che Bella Giornata, What a beatiful Day Directed by Gennaro Nunziante (Italy) Takings  43.451.537 – admissions 6.825.411

2.  Qualunquemente, Whatsoeverly directed by Giulio Manfredonia (Italy) Takings 15.863.974 – admissions 2.481.989

3.  The Pirates of the Caribbean directed by Gore Verbinski (USA) Takings 15.205.536 –  admissions 1.897.599

4.  Immaturi, The Juveniles directed by Paolo Genovese  (Italy) Takings 15.151.158 – admissions 2.593.404

5.  Femmine contro maschi, Women vs. Men directed by Fausto Brizzi (Italy) Takings 11.596.503 – admissions 1.944.021

6.  Fast and Furious 5 directed by Justin Lin (Usa) Takings 10.855.933 – admissions 1.653.571

7.  Il discorso del re, The King’s Speech directed by Tom Hooper (UK) Takings 8.620.269 – admissions 1.412.545

8.  La banda dei Babbi Natale, The Santa Gang directed by Paolo Genovese  (Italia) Takings 8.322.165 – admissions 1.252.802

9.  Nessuno mi può giudicare, No One Can Judge Me directed by Massimiliano Bruno (Italia) Takings 7.903.424 – admissions 1.273.712;

10.  Hereafter directed by Clint Eastwood (Usa) Takings 7.785.195 – admissions 1.237.404


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.


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)


Qualunquemente, Whatsoeverly

by Marianne Wi

Director : Giulio Manfredinia, is known in Italy mainly for his work in TV. The Screenwriter and the main actor in this film is Antonio Albanese a household name in Italy.

This is Italian satire at its best and I enjoyed it immensely, well written, current and full of parallels with today’s political scene in Italy, it is unlikely to be seen outside Italy as humour as we know does not travel well.

Edit: I was wrong, so very wrong Qualunquemente, Whatsoeverly was shown at The Berlin Film Festival and was very well received, it is also shown at this years Italian Cinema London, I feel shame and I would not be at all surprised if it now turns up everywhere!

Cast:  Antonio Albernese, Sergio Rubini, Lorenza Indivina, Antonio Gerardi, Salvatore Cantalupo

Best moment :  Tax is like drugs, you try it once and you have to do it again and again.

Synopsis  : Marina di Sopra in Calabria is looking for a new Mayor and we follow the election campaign between De Santis and Cetto Whatever. De Santis does not stand a chance against Cetto Whatsoeverly who is vulgar, dishonest, corrupt, amoral to the point of  moving his South American lover and child into the marital home. Cetto Whatsoeverly is a proud man and does not refrain from using intimidation, paying for votes and other Mafia type actions , he will do what ever it takes, he will be Mayor. He eventually hires a spin doctor from the North to help with his campaign, who in true northern style rips him of. There are some very funny moments and  Albernese’s  portrayal of Cetto is as if it was written for him 😉

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