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Paolo Sorrentino “This Must Be The Place” wins at Cannes

by Marianne Wi

The Ecumenical Prize was today awarded to Paolo Sorrentino at Cannes, it is a special prize approved by SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication) together with INTERFILM (International Interchurch Organisation) a price most Directors are not particular overjoyed to receive and one Lars von Trier certainly joked himself out of this year, you can take freedom of speach too far at Cannes. Sorrentino took the news in his stride and I am sure hoping it is just one of many.

The Ecumenical Award was first given out in 1974, to follow is a list of previous winners courtesy of :

1974   Angst essen Seel auf (Fear Eats the Soul) – Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1975   Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (Kaspar Hauser) – Werner Herzog
1976   The Ecumenical Jury did not give an award
1977   J.A. Martin, photographe – Jean Beaudin/La dentellière (The Lacemaker) – Claude Goretta
1978   L’albero degli zoccoli (The Tree with the Wooden Clogs) – Ermanno Olmi  ITALY
1979   Bez znieczulenia (Without Anesthesia) – Andrzej Wajda
1980   Stalker – Andreï Tarkovski/Constans (Constancy) – Krzysztof Zanussi
1981   Czlowickz zelaza (Man of Iron) – Andrzej Wajda
1982   La Notte di San Lorenzo (The Night of San Lorenzo) – P. et V. Taviani   ITALY
1983   Nostalghia – Andreï Tarkovski   ITALY
1984   Paris Texas – Wim Wenders
1985   La historia oficial (The Official History) – Luis Puenzo
1986   Offret (The Sacrifice) – Andreï Tarkovski
1987   Pokayaniye (Repent) – Tenguiz Abouladze
1988   A World Apart – Chris Menges
1989   Jésus de Montréal – Denys Arcand
1990   Stanno tutti bene (Everybody’s Fine) – Guiseppe Tornatore   ITALY
1991   La double vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique) – Krzysztof Kieslowski
1992   Il ladro di bambini (The Stolen Children) – Gianni Amelio   ITALY
1993   Libera me – Alain Cavalier
1994   Huo Zhe (To Live) – Zhang Yimou/Outlomlionnye Solntsem (Burnt by the Sun) – Nikita Mikhalkov
1995   Land and Freedom – Ken Loach
1996   Secrets and Lies – Mike Leigh
1997   The Sweet Hereafter – Atom Egoyan
1998   Mia eoniotita ke mia mera (Eternity and one Day) – Theo Angelopoulos
1999   Todo sobre mi madre (All about my Mother) – Pedro Almodovar
2000  Eureka – Aoyama Shinji
2001   Safar e Gandehar (Kandahar) – Mohsen Makhmalbaf
2002   Mies vailla menneeisyyttä (The Man without a Past) – Aki Kaurismäki
2003   Panj é Asr (At Five in the Afternoon) – Samira Makhmalbaf
2004   Diarios de motocicleta (Motorcycle Diaries) – Walter Salles
2005   Caché (Hidden) – Michael Haneke
2006   Babel – Alejandro González Iñárritu
2007   The Edge of Heaven – Fatih Akin
2008   Adoration – Adam Egoy

2009   Looking for Eric – Ken Roach

2010   Of Gods and Men  – Xavier Beauvois

2011   This must be the Place  – Paolo Sorrentino ITALY


Paolo Sorrentino, This Must Be The Place has knocked Cannes for Six

by Marianne Wi

Paolo Sorrentino’s “This Must Be The Place” was last night shown at Cannes to an entuastic audience, who reacted by giving the Director a standing ovation of 10 minutes, I am sensing a trend here…… 10 minutes being the operative word and norm. Sorrentino then had an additional 10 minutes when he arrived “embarrassed” according to the Italian papers, at the Grand Theatre Lumiere. I for one cannot wait to see this film with Sean Penn, who is one of my least favorite American actors, however the trailer looks awesome and I like the notion that Penn looks worn-out and haggard, do I see the Italian entry for next years Oscars? No it was shot in English and has too much foreign funding. This Must Be The Place was not released anywhere prior to the Festival and as far as I can workout, it will be late autumn before the rest of us less fortunate cinefiles get a look in. No release date for the USA, however as it has been partly funded by them it will be shown there I would imagine sooner rather than later. In Italy we must wait until the 14th October 2011 and the lucky Swedes will have it by the 11th November 2011. Cannot wait for the time when you go online  ” pay as you watch” a film as and when you feel like it, surely not that many years away, we have the technology now we just need the humph.

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This must be the place , Questo deve essere il posto

by Marianne Wi

”This must be the place”, “Questo deve essere il posto” directed by Paolo Sorrentino will be in competition at this years Cannes Film Festival, running from the 11th May until the 22 of May 2011, it is not due for release in Italy before October 2011 grrr grrrr.

Director : Paolo Sorrentino’s fame goes before him, he is recognised worldwide, many of his films have been distributed independently abroad as well as appearing at many of the biggest International Film Festivals. His greatest success was without doubt Il Divo 2008 however L’amico di familia, The Family Friend 2006 –  Le conseguenze dell’amore, The Consequences of Love 2001 –  and L’uomo in piu, One Man Up 2001 also did very well on the International market. I understand that Sean Penn met up with Paolo Sorrentino during the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, where he impressed the director so much that he returned to Italy and asked David Bryne to sort out a screenplay and  there you have it a film was born.

Cast : Sean Penn, Eve Hewson. Frances MaDormand, Judd Hirsch, Heinz Lieven, Kerry Conden, Olwen Fouere, Simon Delaney, Hoyce Van Pattern, Liron Levo

Synobsis : In short the film is about a bored retired rock star living in Ireland, who has not had contact with his father for over 30 years and therefore decides to hit on New York hoping for a reconciliation, before the father passes away, Cheyenne (Sean Penn) arrives too late. It is only after the father death that Cheyenne fully understands his fathers humiliation and horrendous treatment during his stay in Auschwitz, metered out by SS Officer Aloise Lange an unpleasent fellow, who was the fathers tormentor during the 2nd world war. Cheyenne is taken on a long a painful journey across the USA together with an equally painful journey of self discovery. Cheyenne has when he reaches his goal a big decision to make, will he be man enough ?


At war Nanni Moretti and Paolo Sorrentino films in competition at Cannes

by Marianne Wi

Nanni Moretti will be bringing his latest film to The Cannes Film Festival opening on the 11th of May 2011 “Habemus Papam”, “We have a Pope” where it will be in competition with Paolo Sorrentino’s film “This must be the place” , “Questo e il posto” staring Sean Penn.

Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope click for additional information

Questo deve essere il posto, This must be the place click for additional information

It would be nice to think that Italy had the only two entries into this years Cannes Film Festival, that is sadly not so although I think we have two great films, so herewith a list of the other entries in the competition :

Pedro Almodovar  – La piel que habito , The skin I live in

Bertrand Bonello – L’Apollonide Souvenirs de la maison close , House of Tolerance

Alain Cavalier – Pater

Joseph Cedar – Hearat Shulayim, Footnote

Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da , Once upon a time in Anatolia

Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne – Le gamin au vélo, Boy with a bike

Aki Kaurismaki – Le havre

Naomi Kawase – Hanezu no tsuki

Julia Leigh – Sleeping beauty

Maiwenn – Polisse

Terrence Malick – The tree of life

Radu Mihaileanu – La source des femmes , The Source

Takashi Miike – Ichimei, Hara-Kiri: death of a Samurai

Lynne Ramsay – We need to talk about Kevin

Markus Schleinzer – Michael

Lars Von Trier – Melancholia

Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive

May the best man win, as long has he was born in Italy.

There is an Italian short being shown too, I know they are often forgotten so lets hear it for Pasquale Marino, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografi and his film (17 minutes)  L’estate che non viene,  Till the Summer Comes.

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