3 items from 2016
Nanni Moretti's seriocomic Italian film "Mia Madre" made the festival rounds last year, earning the Ecunemical Prize at Cannes and positive notices at Tiff, AFI Fest and the New York Film Festival. With a trailer and a release date set, this Italian production stars Italian actress Margherita Buy and John Turturro, exercising his Italian-language chops. "Mia Madre" is about film director Margherita (Buy), who must deal with onset woes and American actor Barry Huggins (Turturro), in addition to balancing a tumultuous home life. As the mother of a teenage daughter and the daughter of a dying mother, Margherita must face life's punches while focusing on her career and completing her film. Huggins only adds fuel to her production fire, as he can't seem to remember his lines and comes off as a bit of a diva on set. Check out the trailer for "Mia Madre," which looks to be »
- J. Carlos Menjivar
Director: Ivano De Matteo
Writer: Valentina Ferlan
Italian actor turned director Ivano De Matteo continues to solidify his prolific reputation following the critical acclaim of his last film, 2014’s The Dinner (which bears a striking resemblance to Paolo Virzi’s Human Capital). While that title was headlined by Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Alessandro Gassman, the young director nabs two more of Italy’s most renowned performers, Marherita Buy and Valeria Golina for his next project, La vita possibile (The Possible Life), a Franco/Italian co-production. The plot concerns a mother and son fleeing the clutches of an abusive man as they try to make a better life for themselves.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic/international).
Release Date: With his last title premiering out of Venice, we’re wondering if this »
- Nicholas Bell
★★★★★ Italian auteur Nanni Moretti is well-known for his bittersweet explorations of love, loss and mortality. Mia Madre (2015), his beautiful, humane portrait of bereavement is his best yet. Film director Margherita (Margherita Buy) finds it hard to accept that her mother Ada (Giulia Lazzarini) is dying. Ada has been hospitalised with an enlarged heart and yearns to go home. Margherita and her brother Giovanni (Moretti) can't bear to tell her that there's nothing more that can be done.
- CineVue UK
3 items from 2016
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