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Berlinale: ‘Daughter Of Mine’ Review: Dir. Laura Bispuri (2018)

Daughter of Mine review: A daughter is torn between two mothers in this beautifully crafted drama from ‘Sworn Virgin’ director Laura Bispuri.

Daughter of Mine review by Paul Heath.

Daughter of Mine review

From Italy and filmmaker Laura Bispuri comes this intriguing drama set during a boiling, harsh summer in a small fishing community in a remote Sardinian village. We open on ten-year-old Vittoria (Sara Casu), a red-haired young girl who is attending a local rodeo, seemingly on her own. She wanders around before meeting the hot-headed, hard drinking Angelica (Alba Rohrwacher), a twenty-something woman seemingly only interested in men she can squeeze money out of and drinking the cash away in a small local tavern.

Angelica is heavily in debt, owing over 28,000 Euros, or thereabouts, and at immediate risk of losing her house. Vittoria doesn’t know Angelica, her own mother a very different, slightly older and more stable
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Daughter of Mine’ (Figlia mia)

Berlin Film Review: ‘Daughter of Mine’ (Figlia mia)
It has been a little while since the heyday of the Italian island melodrama, since Anna Magnani shaded her eyes from the glare over a darkly sparkling sea, or Ingrid Bergman staggered her stony way up Stromboli. But even back then it would have been rare to come across such a film in which the tempestuous tug-of-love does not involve a man, but a little red-headed girl and the two women she calls “Mamma.” This is Laura Bispuri’s sunswept, emotive, and elemental sophomore film, after her sensitive culture and gender exploration “Sworn Virgin.” And even when it trips up in its later stages, “Daughter of Mine” is a noble rarity, passionately involved in the exploration of oppositional ideas of motherhood not just as an abstract concept, but as a real and vivid, painfully sacrificial thing.

“Wash between your toes, you always let it get so dirty in there,” says Tina (Valeria Golino) to her 10-year-old daughter
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'Daughter of Mine' ('Figlia mia'): Film Review | Berlin 2018

'Daughter of Mine' ('Figlia mia'): Film Review | Berlin 2018
Second feature, second Berlin competition slot for Italian director Laura Bispuri, whose off-beat gender-bender tale, Sworn Virgin, brought her international acclaim in 2015. Her new film Daughter of Mine (Figlia mia) shows growing confidence with actors and staging, and even has a little more bite, but its more conventional storyline is a progressive turn-off as it devolves into the obvious, particularly in the closing scenes. On the plus side, the Match Factory release can bank on two top-drawer actresses squaring off in the opposing roles of positive (Valeria Golino) and negative (Alba Rohrwacher) maternal figures, in a film that seems aimed...
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First trailer for 'Retablo'; Heretic Outreach launches Efm sales (exclusive)

Coming-of-age story won best Peruvian film at Lima Film Festival, screens in Berlinale Generation 14plus.

Athens-based Heretic Outreach continues to expand its international portfolio and has kicked off sales at the Efm on Generation 14plus selection Retablo from first-time Peruvian filmmaker Alvaro Delgado-Aparicio.

The Peru-Germany-Norway co-production is a coming-of-age story that won best Peruvian film at the Lima Film Festival last August and shot against the backdrop of the Peruvian Andes.

The story follows a young teenager who is groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps in the titular folk art of crafting artisanal boxes depicting religious scenes and important everyday events. Magaly Solier from 2009 Golden Bear winner The Milk Of Sorrow stars alongside Amiel Cayo.

Enid “Pinky” Campos served as producer on Retablo and the executive producer roster comprises Lasse Scharpen, Delgado-Aparicio, Iris Roca Rey, and Menno Döring. The production companies are Siri Producciones (Peru), Catch Of The Day (Germany), and Dhf (Norway). Heretic Outreach holds worldwide
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First trailer for Peru's 'Retablo', which scores international sales deal (exclusive)

Coming-of-age story won best Peruvian film at Lima Film Festival, screens in Berlinale Generation 14plus.

Athens-based Heretic Outreach continues to expand its international portfolio and has kicked off sales at the Efm on Generation 14plus selection Retablo from first-time Peruvian filmmaker Alvaro Delgado-Aparicio.

The Peru-Germany-Norway co-production is a coming-of-age story that won best Peruvian film at the Lima Film Festival last August and shot against the backdrop of the Peruvian Andes.

The story follows a young teenager who is groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps in the titular folk art of crafting artisanal boxes depicting religious scenes and important everyday events. Magaly Solier from 2009 Golden Bear winner The Milk Of Sorrow stars alongside Amiel Cayo.

Enid “Pinky” Campos served as producer on Retablo and the executive producer roster comprises Lasse Scharpen, Delgado-Aparicio, Iris Roca Rey, and Menno Döring. The production companies are: Siri Producciones (Peru), Catch Of The Day (Germany), and Dhf (Norway). Heretic Outreach holds worldwide
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True Colours adds Valeria Golino's 'Euphoria' ahead of Efm (exclusive)

Golino’s second feature shows the difficult relationship between two brothers.

At the eve of the Efm, Italian world sales company True Colours adds Valeria Golino’s new film Euphoria to its slate.

Produced by Ht Film and Indigo Film, who are partnering again after the success of Sergio Castellitto’s Fortunata, together with Rai Cinema (Fire At Sea, Daughter Of Mine), Euphoria will be distributed in Italy by 01 in 2018.

The film is currently in post-production after finishing its 8 weeks of shooting in December.

Euphoria’s cast includes Riccardo Scamarcio (Them, John Wick 2) and Valerio Mastandrea (Perfect Strangers, The Place) as the two brothers, as well as Un Certain Regard Best Actress Jasmine Trinca (Fortunata, Honey) in a supporting role.

The film tells the story of the difficult relationship between two brothers with opposite characters. It is written by Valeria Golino, Francesca Marciano (Me And You, [link
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The Match Factory Acquires Three More Berlinale-Bound Titles (Exclusive)

German independent powerhouse The Match Factory has acquired three more movies bound for the Berlin Film Festival: Philip Gröning’s “My Brother’s Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot” and Axel Petersén and Måns Månsson’s “The Real Estate,” both of which will premiere in competition, and Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo’s “Boys Cry,” which will unspool in the Panorama section.

The Match Factory’s Berlinale slate also includes two more competition titles, Christian Petzold’s “Transit” (pictured) and Laura Bispuri’s “Daughter of Mine.”

Gröning’s “My Brother’s Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot” follows a pair of teenage twins, Robert and Elena, through the turmoil of adolescence. The Match Factory previously worked with Gröning on “The Police Officer’s Wife,” which won Venice’s Special Jury Prize in 2013.

“The Real Estate” is a satirical comedy about Stockholm’s tough housing market. The film centers on 68-year-old Nojet, who inherits
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On the road by Anne-Katrin Titze

Paolo Virzì with Anne-Katrin Titze at the St. Regis: "For me, Donald Sutherland is many things. He is Casanova and the wonderful English professor in Animal House ..." Photo: Lilia Blouin

In 2014, Paolo Virzì's Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano), starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Golino, and Fabrizio Gifuni was Italy's Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film. Paolo's latest, The Leisure Seeker, his first film in English, stars Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as a couple on the road, unlike Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider. The screenplay by Stephen Amidon, Francesca Archibugi, Francesco Piccolo, and Virzì is based on the novel by Michael Zadoorian.

Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren are John and Ella Spencer

At the St. Regis hotel in New York, our conversation takes us to how Donald Sutherland is many things (from Federico Fellini's Casanova to Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now
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Berlinale 2018: First Competition & Special Films Announced

In den Gängen (In the Aisles)

The first ten films have been selected for the Competition and the Berlinale Special for next year’s Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale).

Alongside the previously announced opening film, Isle of Dogs by Wes Anderson, seven productions and co-productions from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Serbia, the Russian Federation, and the USA have been invited to take part in the Competition.

So far two productions have been invited to participate in the Berlinale Special. As part of the Official Programme, it screens recent works by contemporary filmmakers, as well as documentaries and works with extraordinary formats.

Benoit Jacquot, Gus Van Sant, Alexey German Jr., Ma?gorzata Szumowska, Philip Gröning, Thomas Stuber, and Laura Bispuri all feature in the Competition, while Isabel Coixet and Lars Kraume feature in the Berlinale Special.

Competition

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

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By Gus Van Sant (Milk,
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Berlin Film Festival 2018: Gus Van Sant, Isabelle Huppert movies in competition

The Berlinale has revealed the first films within its Competition and Berlinale Special lineups.

Source: Amazon

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

The Berlin Film Festival (15 - 25 Feb) has revealed the first films within its Competition and Berlinale Special lineups.

Directors including Benoit Jacquot, Gus Van Sant, Alexey German Jr., Małgorzata Szumowska, Philip Gröning, Thomas Stuber and Laura Bispuri will compete in this year’s Competition while Isabel Coixet and Lars Kraume feature in the Berlinale Special strand.

Alongside the previously announced opening film, Isle of Dogs by Wes Anderson, seven productions and co-productions from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Serbia, the Russian Federation, and the USA are announced for the Competition.

Gus Van Sant’s drama Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far, which will debut at Sundance, is the only film announced today which is not a world premiere. Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill,
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Berlin Film Festival 2018: Gus Van Sant, Isabelle Huppert movies in competition

The Berlinale has revealed the first films within its Competition and Berlinale Special lineups.

Source: Amazon

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

The Berlin Film Festival (15 - 25 Feb) has revealed the first films within its Competition and Berlinale Special lineups.

Directors including Benoit Jacquot, Gus Van Sant, Alexey German Jr., Małgorzata Szumowska, Philip Gröning, Thomas Stuber and Laura Bispuri will compete in this year’s Competition while Isabel Coixet and Lars Kraume feature in the Berlinale Special strand.

Alongside the previously announced opening film, Isle of Dogs by Wes Anderson, seven productions and co-productions from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Serbia, the Russian Federation, and the USA are announced for the Competition.

Gus Van Sant’s drama Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far, which will debut at Sundance, is the only film announced today which is not a world premiere. Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and [link
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Gus Van Sant’s ‘Don’t Worry’ Among First Berlinale Competition Titles to Be Unveiled

Gus Van Sant’s ‘Don’t Worry’ Among First Berlinale Competition Titles to Be Unveiled
Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” is among the first several competition titles to be unveiled for the 2018 Berlin Film Festival. The other titles announced Monday are all European productions or co-productions.

The Berlinale previously announced that Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” would open the fest.

Alex German Jr.’s “Dovlatov,” Benoit Jacquot’s “Eva,” and Laura Bispuri’s “Figlia Me” (“Daughter of Mine”) all feature in the competition, as do Thomas Stuber’s “In den Gangen,” Philip Goning’s “Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot,” and Małgorzata Szumowska’s “Twarz” (“Mug”).

“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” is based on the John Callahan memoir of the same title and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black and Udo Kier. Berlin will mark its international premiere. All the other competition titles announced Monday will have their world premieres at the
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Why Harrison's Death Is So Vital to Kai's Twisted Plans on American Horror Story: Cult

When American Horror Story: Cult first introduced the blue-haired Kai Anderson (Evan Peters), it took us all of two seconds to realize just how crazy he is (remember that Cheetos scene?). A lot of our initial intrigue centered on how and why Kai recruited his cult members, but now things are starting to become clear thanks to the show's most recent death. During episode seven, "Valerie Solanas Died For Your Sins: Scumbag," we say goodbye to one of Kai's first recruits and, honestly, someone we thought was in it for the long haul - Harrison Wilton, played by Billy Eichner. After Harrison's wife, Meadow, takes her own life in the previous episode as per Kai's request, Harrison ends up giving new meaning to Ivy's "Butchery" when the frustrated women within the cult break off and form their own group. But is that a part of Kai's plan all along? Are
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Rai Com Sales Chief Mattia Oddone Joins New Italian Production Company Propaganda Italia (Exclusive)

Rai Com Sales Chief Mattia Oddone Joins New Italian Production Company Propaganda Italia (Exclusive)
Cannes — The head of international sales at Italy’s prominent Rai Com company, Mattia Oddone, has stepped down to become managing director of Propaganda Italia, a new Italian production company which has a slate of film and TV projects for the international market in various stages.

These include an ambitious revenge crimer toplining Italian A-lister Toni Servillo (“The Great Beauty”).

Propaganda Italia was set up in 2014 as a separately operated spin off of the Italian subsidiary of global entertainment marketing firm Propaganda Gem by Italian media exec Marina Marzotto who has also served as CEO of Italian distributor Moviemax.

Besides his managerial role Oddone is boarding Propaganda Italia as an investor in the company.

They have plans for three feature films in the Euros 3-5 million range over the next three years and also a bigger Euros 15-20 million project for which they have acquired the script, which is still being kept under wraps, for which they
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Hot Shots!: the last great spoofs

Robb Sheppard Oct 13, 2017

The Hot Shots! movies were the peak of spoof cinema in the 1990s. We take a look back...

Spoof. Say it aloud. Feels like a dirty word doesn’t it?

Aside from even sounding slightly smutty, the spoof movie genre has, of late, been sullied by (five!) Scary Movies, Meet The Spartans and - oh, the irony - Disaster Movie. Transitory, devoid of wit and with the lowest common denominator in their crosshairs, these movies aimed for the tittering teenager, the cheap thrill-seeker and the perpetually stoned.

Perhaps the above seems like a sweeping generalisation, but it’s with good cause. Where these movies and even the term spoof itself have since been eschewed, there remains a series of films which occupy a place of fondness in the heart of - including yours truly, obvs - many a film fan: the Zaz movies.

The writing, directing and producing partnership of David Zucker,
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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ ‘Custody,’ ‘Under the Tree’ to Compete in Zurich

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ ‘Custody,’ ‘Under the Tree’ to Compete in Zurich
Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Xavier Legrand’s “Custody” and Hafsteinn Gunnar’s “Under the Tree” are among the 15 feature films set to compete at the 13th Zurich Film Festival.

“Three Billboards,” a darkly comic drama with Peter Dinklage and Frances McDormand, and “Custody,” a French drama exploring domestic strife, both world-premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won best screenplay and best director awards, respectively. “Custody” also picked up the Lion of the Future for best first film.

“Under the Tree” is an Icelandic dramedy which world-premiered in Venice and is playing in Toronto, where it was just acquired by Magnolia for North American distribution.

Zurich’s competition lineup also includes Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Menashe,” Justin Chon’s “Gook,” Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato’s “The Desert Bride,” Julia Solomonoff’s “Nobody’s Watching,” Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye,” Constantin Popescu’s “Pororoca,” Matan Yair’s “Scaffolding” and Jaron Albertin’s “Weightless
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Silvio Soldini’s ‘Emma’ Lures Buyers Ahead of Venice’s World Premiere (Exclusive)

Silvio Soldini’s ‘Emma’ Lures Buyers Ahead of Venice’s World Premiere (Exclusive)
Venice, Italy — In the run up to its world premiere at Venice Film Festival, Silvio Soldini’s Italian drama romance “Emma” (“Il Colore Nascosto delle Cose”) has been picked up in a raft of territories.

Represented in international markets by Celluloid Dreams, “Emma” has been acquired by Impacto Cine (Latin America), Palace Films (Australia), Mancy’s Entertainment (Japan), DDDream (China), Joint Entertainment (Taiwan) and Cherry Pickers (Benelux).

Celluloid Dreams will be doing a private screening for buyers only on Sept. 4 ahead of its world premiere out of competition at Venice. Videa will be releasing the film in Italy on Sep.8.

The film toplines Italian star Valeria Golino as Emma, a recently-divorced pretty and vibrant woman who has been blind since the age of 16 and managed to become an osteopath. The film revolves around Emma’s relationship with Teo (Adriano Giannini), a womanizer and work-obsessed creative at a trendy ad agency who unexpectedly falls in love with her
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Italy’s Alice Rohrwacher Shooting ‘Lazzaro Felice,’ Match Factory Takes World Sales (Exclusive)

Italy’s Alice Rohrwacher Shooting ‘Lazzaro Felice,’ Match Factory Takes World Sales (Exclusive)
Locarno, Switzerland – Italian director Alice Rohrwacher (“The Wonders”) has started principal photography on “Lazzaro Felice,” about a man living on the margins of society who travels through time. The film’s European A-list ensemble cast comprises Sergi Lopez (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) of Spain and Alba Rohrwacher (“I Am Love”) and Nicoletta Braschi (“Life Is Beautiful”) of Italy.

Germany’s The Match Factory will be selling “Lazzaro” internationally outside Italy.

Cameras started rolling Monday in the central Italian countryside near Civita di Bagnoregio, a scenic ancient village perched on an eroding tufa rock plateau.

Rohrwacher is collaborating with her regular director of photography, Helene Louvart, who is also known for work with auteurs such as Wim Wenders, Agnes Varda and Claire Denis.

The director wrote the screenplay last year while she was the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre’s filmmaker in residence. Details of the story are being kept under wraps beyond the fact that it
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“Sworn Virgin” Director Laura Bispuri Announces Next Film

Laura Bispuri: Mondofilm.it/YouTube

Laura Bispuri will examine the complex relationships between mothers and daughters as well as adoptive and biological parents in her next film. Per Variety, the “Sworn Virgin” director is set to helm “Daughter of Mine,” a drama about a 10-year-old girl caught between her adoptive and biological mothers. “Sworn Virgin” star Alba Rohrwacher and Valeria Golino (“Respiro”) will topline the project.

“Daughter of Mine” will be presented via three different perspectives: the daughter’s, the adoptive mother’s (Golino), and the biological mother’s (Rohrwacher). “It’s a triangle between these three women whose lives are inextricably tied,” Bispuri told Variety. “A journey of mutual understanding and acceptance and also of changing female identities, which are themes that are dear to me.”

Bispuri made her feature film debut with “Sworn Virgin,” the story of a young Albanian woman maintaining her virginity and living as a man — named Mark — in order to enjoy Albanian men’s rights. The film follows Mark and his decision to travel to Italy and live as a woman again. “Sworn Virgin” won the Nora Ephron Prize at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

“I advise sincerity when you choose a story, a personal adherence to the project,” Bispuri recommended to female directors in an interview with Women and Hollywood. “I also advise trying to deepen the female characters because for too many years, they have been relegated to the margins of the story.” Happily, Bispuri is following her own advice and bringing three distinct female characters front and center in “Daughter of Mine.”

Principal photography for the film will kick off in Sardinia in early June and production company The Match Factory will initiate international pre-sales at Cannes. Vivo Film — the company behind “Sworn Virgin” — will produce alongside Colorado Film, The Match Factory, and Bord Cadre Films. Rai Cinema is financing “Daughter of Mine,” as is Italy’s culture ministry and the Sardinia Film Commission.

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Cannes: Im Global Adds Chinese, Korean Titles to Anthem Slate

Anthem, the specialist arm of sales and finance company Im Global, has added six Asian titles to its Cannes sales lineup. Four are sourced from China’s Enlight Pictures.

New Enlight movies include animated adventure “The Guardian” (aka “Da Hu Fa”,) directed by Fan Bu Si. The fantasy quest, aimed at both adults and children, is told using a mix of Chinese ink painting and original hand-drawn animation. Enlight’s documentary “Return to the Wolves,” directed by Yi Feng, recounts the story of a painter, Li Weiyi, who lived in the wild for nine months in order to save an orphaned wolf cub in the grasslands of Sichuan.

They join two previously announced Enlight titles: romantic drama “All About Secrets,” directed by Lien Yi-chi and adapted from Rao Xueman’s bestseller of the same title, about a family and friends whose secrets threaten to overwhelm them; and comedy drama “City of Rock,
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