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Rome – Michael Caine and Paolo Sorrentino will kick off the Cinema Italian Style showcase of contemporary Italian films in Los Angeles by introducing a pre-opening event screening of Sorrentino’s “Youth,” the tender reflection on old age that just swept the European Film Award Nominations, ahead of its upcoming release via Fox Searchlight in the U.S.
Caine in “Youth” plays a retired orchestra conductor contemplating the indignities of old age and the trappings of celebrity while staying at a luxurious Swiss mountain resort. Pic on Saturday scored Efa nominations in all five top categories — Best European Film, Director, Screenwriter, Actor (Michael Caine) and Actress (Rachel Weisz).
Fox Searchlight is releasing Sorrentino’s English-language follow-up to 2014 Foreign Language Oscar-winning “The Great Beauty” on December 4. It also stars Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Jane Fonda. The pre-opening gala will be on November 11 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
Cinema Italian Style »
- Nick Vivarelli
The nominations for the 2015 European Film Awards have been announced, with Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster leading the pack with five nods apiece, including Best European Film and Best European Director. Check out a full list of the nominations here…
Best European Film
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflection on Existence”
Best European Director
Malgorzata Szumowska, “Body”
Roy Andersson, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflection on Existence”
Sebastian Schipper, “Victoria”
Best European Actor
Tom Courtenay, “45 Years”
Christian Friedel, “13 Minutes”
Vincent Lindon, “The Measure of a Man”
Best European Actress
Laia Costa, “Victoria”
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
Best European Screenwriter
Andrew Haigh, »
- Gary Collinson
It may have left Cannes empty-handed, and arguably hasn’t made quite the splash on the festival circuit that some were expecting, but Paolo Sorrentino’s florid old-age study “Youth” rallied with the announcement of this year’s European Film Award nominations. The Fox Searchlight awards hopeful scored bids in all five top categories — Best European Film, Director, Screenwriter, Actor (Michael Caine) and Actress (Rachel Weisz). They will be hoping that the European Film Academy is as Sorrentino-smitten as they were two years ago, when “The Great Beauty” swept the board.
Also landing five citations, including Best Film, Director, Actor and a previously announced technical win for costume design, was Yorgos Lanthimos’ darkly comic fantasy “The Lobster.” It’s been a great week for the offbeat Colin Farrell starrer: It also topped the British Independent Film Award nods on Tuesday.
- Guy Lodge
Paulo Sorrentino’s Youth leads the nominees for the 28th European Film Awards (EFAs), which will be presented on December 12 in Berlin.
The noms for the European Film of the Year are Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Mustang (France/Turkey) and popular Icelandic drama Rams directed by Grimur Hakonarson.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Chicago – The 2015 edition, the 51st Chicago International Film Festival, kicks off tonight on October 15th with a Red Carpet at 5:30pm, and film at 7pm. The premiere will be “Mia Madre” a Italian/French collaboration and a “movie about the movies” directed by Nanni Moretti. The festival will continue through October 29th, with a variety of cinematic treats and international offerings.
HollywoodChicago.com contributors Brendan Hodges and Patrick McDonald have been sampling festival films in preview, and on Friday, October 16th, will preview films screening on the first five days of the festival. Check out the entire schedule by clicking here.
Photo credit: Alcemy
Perfect for opening night, this “movie about the movies” is also emotionally engrossing, as harried film director Magherita (Margherita Buy) is dealing with a shoot that has a complex capitalism vs. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Rome – Oscar-winning Italo production shingle Indigo Film (“The Great Beauty”) and prominent distributor Lucky Red have joined forces to launch a world sales company called True Colours dedicated to Italian and international product in what could turn out to be a game-changer for the Italian film industry.
True Colours is being headed by Catia Rossi, the respected former international film sales exec at pubcaster Rai’s Rai Com distribution unit.
Based in Rome, it will launch from the Rome fest’s ambitious new Mia market, which aims to boost the Italian film and TV industries and put the country back on the global content market map.
Having a larger Italian sales company with combined production and distribution firepower could, at least partially, revert a longstanding trend that has seen Italian movies being sold globally predominantly by prominent French companies such as Wild Bunch, Pathe, Studio Canal, and Le Pacte, or »
- Nick Vivarelli
Nanni Moretti's latest film, Mia Madre, is elegant, understated, and discreetly moving. A personal, if not autobiographical film, Mia Madre chronicles the slow death of a filmmaker's mother as the director struggles to complete her movie. Moretti experienced the hospitalization and death of his own mother while he shot 2011's We Have a Pope, which may be why this film's rhythms and emotions feel so genuine. Margherita (Margherita Buy) is the aforementioned director, a control freak who tends to be oblivious to the needs of those around her. Once she learns of her mother's condition, she is deeply shaken, while her brother Giovanni (played by Moretti) remains practical and accepting of the situation. Though cinematically portraying a filmmaker as self-involved and insensitive is hardly knew,...
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Margherita Buy, Giulia Lazzarini, John Turturro, Beatrice Mancini, Enrico Ianniello and Nanni Moretti star in Mia Madre (My Mother), Moretti's multi-layered, personal and universal exploration into private emotions and public movie work.
Meeting the director for a morning conversation at the Regency Hotel on Park Avenue, not far from Central Park, we discussed how Wim Wenders' angels from Wings Of Desire fit in with Mia Madre, grammar turning into grandma and the work of mourning.
Nanni Moretti as Giovanni: "There is reality, there is the film inside the film and then there's dreams, memories, fantasies."
I had suggested screening We have A Pope (Habemus Papam), when Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk, the New York Film Festival's Opening Night Gala screening was moved a day due to the visit of Pope Francis and the Film Society of Lincoln Center »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Watch: First Trailer For Nanni Moretti's 'Mia Madre' Starring Margherita Buy & John Turturro Nanni Moretti’s latest film, "Mia Madre," played for critics at the New York Film Festival on September 25, where it received a warm response from the crowd at the Walter Reade Theater. The film hits strong notes of both comedy and drama as it tells the story of Margherita, a film director whose mother falls ill during the middle of a particularly challenging film shoot. John Turturro plays Barry Huggins, an American actor whose egotism and inability to remember his lines, nevermind pronounce them properly in Italian, causes him to clash with Margherita on set throughout the film. After the screening, Turturro and Moretti gave a press conference in which they spoke about the making of the film and the roots of this intimate tragicomedy. From the beginning, Moretti was clear that this film »
- Wil Barlow
A film-maker has to cope with her dying mother and a pompous American star in this tragicomic triumph by Nanni Moretti
Italian tragicomic auteur Nanni Moretti approached the subject of his own mortality in 1993’s international breakthrough feature Caro diario (Dear Diary), which documented, among other things, his all too real encounter with cancer. In his most celebrated feature, the 2001 Palme d’Or winner La stanza del figlio (The Son’s Room), he dealt superbly with parental bereavement and mourning. Now, in Mia Madre, he focuses on the impending loss of a mother, drawing heavily upon personal experience (Moretti’s own mother Agata died while he was completing 2011’s Habemus Papam/We Have a Pope), but also keeping enough distance from his subject to achieve a sense of universality. The beautifully observed and delicately balanced result is a sublimely modulated blend of laughter and tears, a film that cuts to »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Nanni Moretti's My Mother, with Margherita Buy and John Turturro, premiered in Cannes, sparking New York Film Festival director Kent Jones to call it "a sharp, sobering, fitfully funny and surprising film about the sadness of losing a loved one, the jolting realization that death is not coming someday but now, and the fragility of existence itself." Not only is it opening in the UK this weekend, it'll also screen at the Nyff on Sunday and Monday. We've gathered fresh reviews and we've posted the trailer and three clips. » - David Hudson »
Director Nanni Moretti has got his mojo back in this sad, funny and satisfying movie about a film director who carries on working while her mother is dying
The Italian auteur Nanni Moretti has directed his best film for years with this warm, witty and seductive drama. He has got his mojo back, and incidentally restored it to John Turturro as well, who plays a vain and insecure actor obsessed with telling everyone how he almost worked with Stanley Kubrick. Margherita Buy plays a film director whose personal crisis has brought her to the edge of mental breakdown involving vivid, hallucinatory dreams. Her mother, Ada (Guilia Lazzarini), is dying in hospital, but it is her brother Giovanni who must take time away from his off work to look after her, while Buy suppresses her guilt and carries on shooting her film.
Giovanni is played by Moretti himself, effecting what is »
- Peter Bradshaw
Mia Madre, 2015.
Directed by Nanni Moretti.
Margherita, a director in the middle of an existential crisis, has to deal with the inevitable and still unacceptable loss of her mother.
Nanni Moretti, an Italian master at fusing emotionally engaging stories with a rich vein of comedy, has done it again. Mia Madre (My Mother) is a warm-hearted, touching and often hilarious personal account taking in as many sides of life as human existence is capable of dealing out.
Concentrating on Margherita’s (Buy) struggles to complete her high-minded social realist film about job losses, economic crises and factory closures, Mia Madre does a fantastic job of contrasting the movie world with real life family concerns.
Moretti does this by alternating between the occasionally farcical difficulties Marguerita faces on-set with the emotionally overpowering stress of her »
- Robert W Monk
★★★☆☆ "La mamma è sempre la mamma" the Italian expression goes: mum is always mum. And yet mothers die. Director Nanni Moretti's new film Mia Madre (2015), which first premièred at this year's Cannes Film Festival, is a meditation on imminent grief and the loss of a mother. Margherita (Margherita Buy) is a stressed modern woman, balancing her career as an established film director, her family commitments - she has a daughter, custody is shared amicably with the father - and the recent illness of her mother. She's in the latter stages of a break up with one of her actors. She spends her days on set making what looks like a fairly tired and clichéd political film about a labour dispute.
- CineVue UK
Michael Almereyda's Experimenter stars Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder with Jim Gaffigan, John Leguizamo, Lori Singer, Taryn Manning, Kellan Lutz, Anton Yelchin, Josh Hamilton, Dennis Haysbert and Ned Eisenberg supporting the research. Margherita Buy, Giulia Lazzarini, Beatrice Mancini and John Turturro in Nanni Moretti's Mia Madre (My Mother) explore private emotions and public movie work. Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson's The Forbidden Room will haunt your dreams and submarines with Louis Negin, Charlotte Rampling, Udo Kier, Roy Dupuis, André Wilms, Geraldine Chaplin, Adèle Haenel, Maria de Medeiros and Mathieu Amalric. Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin (Nie Yin Niang) engages blow by blow with Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Sheu Fang-yi and Hsieh Hsin-ying.
Here are four early highlights of the 53rd New York Film Festival that dazzle with their superb ensemble casts. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
After the initial slate for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival was announced last month there were many observers, including this pundit, who wondered of the annual September event had once again lost the battle of premieres to its Fall festival cousins. While debuting Ridley Scott's "The Martian," Jean Marc Valle's "Demolition" and Michael Moore's "Where Do We Invade Next" is nothing to sneeze at the fact some of the most anticipated films of the year are heading to Venice and Telluride first has to be a bit disheartening. Especially when it's your 40th anniversary. Never fear fans of the Great White North, Toronto always seems to land some eyebrow raising last minute additions and this year is no different. Today Tiff announced that David Gordon Green's "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock, Marc Abraham's "I Saw The Light" with Tom Hiddleston, Catherine Hardwicke's "Miss You Already »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
Returning for its 38th year, the Mill Valley Film Festival (Mvff) runs Thursday, October 8 – Sunday, October 18, 2015, and here's the early word on what's to come: 11 days of films, panels and performances in Marin County. This year's lineup already boasts plenty of Oscar contenders, Cannes winners and Bay Area premieres. The full slate will be revealed on September 15, 2015. Here are the early titles announced thus far, many from Cannes (language courtesy of the festival): Read More: Catching Up on Fall's Best at Mill Valley Film Festival Award-winning Italian Director Nanni Moretti’s My Mother (Mia Madre), a semi-autobiographical family drama starring Moretti’s frequent muse Margherita Buy as a film director beset by personal trials, most notably her mother’s failing health and a lead actor (John Turturro) who can’t act or remember his lines. My Mother teases with perception as the narrative moves between memory, dream, movie, and life. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, will make its World Premiere at the 53rd New York International Film Festival, running from September 25 to October 11. The film was one of 26 announced as part of the festival’s main slate, along with one of four World Premieres.
Some of the main slate highlights include Todd Haynes’s Carol, featuring Cannes Best Actress Winner Rooney Mara alongside Cate Blanchett, Miguel Gomes’s three part saga Arabian Nights, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin, the Us premiere of Michael Moore’s latest Where to Invade Next, Michel Gondry’s French film Microbe et Gasoil, and the World Premiere of the documentary Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, about the life of the fames photographer and filmmaker.
- Brian Welk
Israel’s minister for culture and sport Miri Regev jeered during speech.
Speaking at the opening night of the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival (July 9-19), Israel’s minister for culture and sport Miri Regev - who has been widely criticised on home soil for attempting to politicise Israeli culture - was booed by some sections of the audience at several intervals during her speech.
After initially calling for a dialogue around the topic of culture, Regev then proposed to “redefine and update the priorities of the cultural world in Israel”, which drew loud jeers.
Regev concluded her speech by promising a larger budget devoted to promoting Israeli culture, which she referred to as her “national mission”, a suggestion that is likely to appeal to her prominent support base outside of the major cities. This declaration stemmed the jeers and received muted applause.
In response to the crowd’s reaction, Regev later wrote on Facebook: “It’s a shame »
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