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Is 2015 the year of unlikely and awesome dance scenes? There's a great dance-off in Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young," Oscar Isaac unexpectedly cuts a rug in "Ex Machina," and now John Turturro gets down in "Mia Madre," which heads to the Cannes Film Festival next month. And you can check it out in the first clip below. Read More: First Trailer For Nanni Moretti's 'Mia Madre' Starring Margherita Buy & John Turturro The latest from Nanni Moretti follows a movie director in crisis trying to keep it together in the middle of a shoot with a famous American actor. And somewhere along the way, a birthday party gets going with Turturro shaking things up for everyone to enjoy. No word yet on when "Mia Madre" will land stateside, but watch the scene below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rome — With three Italian titles selected in the 68th Cannes film festival competition — and four in the official selection — Italy’s film industry is on cloud nine over its most robust representation on the Croisette in at least two decades.
“Four Italian films in Cannes bear the fruit of the talents of our auteurs and prove the maturity of an industry once again at the center of international attention, thanks to the strong export of movies and TV series,” enthused Italo motion picture association Anica, in a statement issued right after Cannes announced its lineup.
It comprises Matteo Garrone’s ambitious English-language horror/fantasy “The Tale of Tales,” toplining Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly; Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” (“La Giovinezza”), also in English, about a retired orchestra conductor, played by Michael Caine, in an alpine resort; and Nanni Moretti’s “Mia Madre,” which marks Moretti’s third »
- Nick Vivarelli
Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.
While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
After the papal crisis of “We Have a Pope” and the political crisis of “The Caiman,” Nanni Moretti returns to more personal crises with “My Mother,” a classic Moretti tale in which a director (played by the helmer’s recent muse Margherita Buy) approaches meltdown. Though the sexes are switched, and artistic embellishments reinforce the story’s fictional nature, few will fail to recognize autobiographical elements involving a filmmaker with on-set issues coping fitfully with her mom’s fatal illness. Moretti’s exploration of loss is unquestionably affecting, and “My Mother” has powerful moments, yet they’re not always well integrated with the broadly pitched moviemaking scenes, featuring a caricaturish John Turturro. Offshore sales are certain, but critical support will determine how big the splash.
Comparisons will inevitably be made with Moretti’s “The Son’s Room,” a more heart-wrenching, focused work that dealt with the incomprehensible tragedy of a »
- Jay Weissberg
Title: Mia Madre (My Mother) Director: Nanni Moretti Starring: Margherita Buy, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti, John Turturro, Beatrice Mancini, Stefano Abbati. ‘Mia Madre’ (which literally translates My Mother) is a poignant and delicate story of loss, with a touch of irony and self-irony used by the Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti, who took home the Palm d’Or in 2001 for ‘The Son’s Room,’ and has been a regular fixture on Cannes’ Croisette with movies like ‘The Caiman’ and ‘We Have A Pope.’ Margherita (Margherita Buy) is a director shooting a film with the famous American actor, Barry Huggins (John Turturro), who is quite a character on set. Away from the set, [ Read More ]
The post Mia Madre (My Mother) Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Rome – Italian auteur Nanni Moretti, whose latest film “Mia Madre” (“My Mother”) opens wide in Italy on Thursday, says he “would accept anything” from the Cannes Film Festival, as far as what slot his pic might unspool in on the Croisette.
Asked by an Italian journalist at the “Madre” presser whether he would accept screening it out-of-competition Moretti replied: “From Cannes, I would accept everything.”
It was a humble answer from the veteran Italo helmer who in addition to his Palme d’Or-winning “The Son’s Room” (2001), has had five previous films in competition at Cannes: “Ecce bombo” (1978); “Dear Diary” (1994), which won him a directing prize; “Aprile” (1998); “The Caiman” (2006); and “We Have a Pope” (2011). Moretti also presided the Cannes jury in 2012.
Two other Italian films are believed to be in the running for this year’s Cannes competish: Paolo Sorrentino’s buzzed-about “Youth” (“La Giovinezza”), his English-language follow-up to 2014 Foreign Language Oscar-winning “The Great Beauty, »
- Nick Vivarelli
There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
While the official Cannes Film Festival lineup won't be revealed for a couple of weeks yet, one movie you can probably bet on making the lineup is "Mia Madre." It's the latest from Nanni Moretti, who took home the Palme d'Or in 2001 for "The Son's Room," and has been regular fixture on the Croisette since, with movies like "The Caiman" and "We Have A Pope." And today the first trailer for "Mia Madre" has arrived, though you may want to brush up on your Italian. Margherita Buy, John Turturro, and Moretti himself star in the film about a movie director in crisis trying to keep it together in the middle of a shoot with a famous American actor. The movie made our The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 list. Here's the official synopsis: Margherita is a director shooting a film with the famous American actor, Barry Huggins, who is quite a character on set. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Berlin – Paris-based Films Distribution has closed a robust brace of first-round pre-sales on Italian Palme d’Or winner Nanni Moretti’s “Mia madre,” which looks a good bet for festivals later this year.
The director’s hallmark mix of drama and comedy, including sardonic satire, “Mia madre,” now in late post, stars Margherita Buy (“The Caiman,” “Days and Clouds”), in her third collaboration with Moretti, as what’s said to be a Moretti alter ego: a film director whose assured persona on set contrasts with her doubts and fears as she cares for her ailing mother at home.
Reportedly a scream, John Turturro plays a famous, demanding American actor while Moretti limns the director’s brother.
In early pre-sales, »
- John Hopewell
After winning the Palme d’Or in 2001 for The Son’s Room, Italian director Nanni Moretti has only made two films since, 2006’s The Caiman and 2011’s We Have a Pope. He presided over the Cannes Jury in 2012, and is finally back in 2015 with his latest title, Mia Madre, stars John Turturro and reunites Moretti with regular collaborator, actress Margherita Buy, who will be the film’s main protagonist this time around. The film will relate the tragicomic mishaps of a committed filmmaker who is going through a personal and professional crisis.
Production Co.: Arte France Cinema, Le Pacte, Films Boutique, Fandango, Sacher Film.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.
Release Date: Considering he’s competed six times at Cannes, we’re sure to see this be announced as part of »
- Nicholas Bell
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