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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.



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.


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.


Gianni e le Donne, The Salt of Life has been sold to the UK and Australia

by Marianne Wi

Gianni e le donne, The Salt of life ( see my review) was received at the Berlin International Film Festival BIFF  with great interest and it has already been sold to more than 13 countries, among them are France, Germany, The UK, Spain,  Australia and Israel….. talks for distribution in both the USA and Canada are in progress as I type. I hope great care are made when adding subtitles, it’s all I am asking , not a lot if I say so myself!

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