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Robert Guédiguian, Kim Rossi Stuart to head Venice juries

8 July 2016 5:43 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Venice appoints additional jury presidents; Sam Mendes already on board as competition jury president.

Director Robert Guédiguian (Marius and Jeannette) has been set as president of Venice’s Orizzoniti Jury and actor-director Kim Rossi Stuart (Romanzo Criminale) will serve as president of the jury for the Luigi De Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film - Lion of the Future.

French director Guédiguian, known for his focus on Marseille and working class life, presented La Ville Est Tranquille at the festival in 2000.

Kim Rossi Stuart’s films has often featured at Venice, including Le Chiavi Di Casa (2004) by Gianni Amelio and Vallanzasca (2010) by Michele Placido.

The Orizzonti section awards the Orizzonti Award for Best Film; Orizzonti Award for Best Director; Special Orizzonti Jury Prize; Orizzonti Award for Best Actor or Actress; Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay; Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film.

The international Jury of the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film awards »

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French Director Robert Guediguian to Head Horizons Jury at Venice Film Festival

8 July 2016 3:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — French auteur Robert Guediguian (“Marius et Jeannette,” “La ville est tranquille”) and Italian actor/director Kim Rossi Stuart have been recruited for jury duty at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, respectively as presidents of the jury for the Horizons section and for the Luigi di Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film – Lion of the Future.

As previously announced, the president of this year’s Venice competition jury is Sam Mendes. Horizons is dedicated to more cutting-edge fare, compared with the competition.

While not a Venice regular, Guediguian is certainly no stranger to the Lido where his multi-stranded Marseille-set drama “La ville est tranquille” (“The Town is Quiet”) premiered in 2000. His entire filmography is centered in observing life in the bustling French port city “with stories set in the microcosm of the neighbourhood he was born in, focusing on the lives of common people,” as the fest put it in a statement. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Italian Auteur Gianni Amelio Shooting Naples-Based Drama Inspired by ‘Temptation to Be Happy’

11 March 2016 3:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Pluriprized Italo auteur Gianni Amelio is back behind camera on an adaptation of “The Temptation to Be Happy,” a hot Naples-set novel about a cynical old widower whose life is changed by a woman who is a victim of domestic violence.

Neapolitan stage actor Renato Carpentieri, who starred in Amelio’s Oscar-nominated “Open Doors,” is playing the lead amid an A-list Italian cast also comprising Elio Germano (“My Brother is an Only Child,” “Our Life,”); Giovanna Mezzogiorno (“Vincere”); and Micaela Ramazzotti (“The First Beautiful Thing”).

Pic is inspired by Neapolitan author Lorenzo Marone’s local bestseller “The Temptation to Be Happy,” which was among the Berlin Film Festival’s 2015 “Books at Berlinale,” selected in tandem with the Frankfurt book fair as tomes that could be the basis for good movies.

Tale of wry self-centred 77-year-old widower Cesare Annunziata who eventually rescues Emma, a younger woman who moves into his »

- Nick Vivarelli

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