Posts tagged ‘Una Vita Tranquilla’

20/04/2011

Tribeca Film Festival does it have any Italian Films ?

by Marianne Wi

Tribeca Film Festival does it have any Italian Films? No, not this year sadly unless you count the French entry Una Vita Tranquilla, A Quiet Life directed by Claudio Cupellini staring Toni Servillo…. sounds Italian to you ?

I am often confused by the nationality of a film and the idea that money speaks louder than words is not making sense. This film is funded by Italy, Germany and France, the actors are Italian and German, the director is Italian, it is filmed in Germany and both German and Italian is spoken, so why has Tribeca Film Festival decided it is French and have no entries under Italy? I am going to find out as it is upsetting me, imagine if you can happily blogging about a French film on my Italian Film Blog, Ça va pas NO ! There will be news about this later, I am going to ask the good people of New York before I go into meltdown.

The Festival looks cool and has a great looking programme, unless of course you are looking for Italian Films. They also have an online festival, something I shall check out for sure and if you are in New York between the 20th April and the 1st of May and you are looking smart, why not swing by and take in a film.

Update 01.05.11

No response from Tribeca (e-mail sent 20.04.11) on their decision to classify Una Vita Tranquilla, A Quiet Life directed by Claudio Cupellini as French, I understand the film was well received which is all that matters. Lets hear it for Italy though !

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28/03/2011

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.

 

 

 

 

27/02/2011

Miami International Film Festival MIFF

by Marianne Wi

 

Miami International Film Festival, (4th March to 13th March 2011) I nearly missed this charming Festival showing an interesting selection of films due to the Oscar hype . We  have two Italian films being championed at the Festival, unusual choices if you ask me, however I am pleased for both films, lets go explore….

 

Passione, Passion I was denied the possibility of seeing this film myself when it was released nationwide in Italy ( It never screened in Catania, Sicily and was also confused by the general public with La Passione , The Passion out at the same time) only in Italy.  Passion without the THE  is a must for any second ,third generation Italian living abroad , it is a festival must see. John Turturro’s latest movie takes us on a journey through Napoli, one of the biggest jukeboxes in the world with songs from way back to present day . Sing along if you must , you will surely know all the songs .

The second film shown is A Quiet Life, Una Vita Tranquilla staring Toni Servillo, if you love him you will adore this offering by the director Cladio Cupelli . Toni Servillo is Rosario an ex-hitman who ran off to Germany and re-invented himself , with a lovely new family including cute child,leaving a family behind including not so cute child in Italy. One day the prodigal son from Italy turns up as a hitman in Germany and their lives collide. This film is excellent , I really enjoyed it and I am chuffed to see it hitting the US too. Italians of Miami, now it is time to put on those glad rags and your best perfume and get this Festival rocking.

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