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Moretti also stars in Mia Madre, co-wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced via his Sacher Film alongside Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.
The film follows an Italian director who tries to hold her life together during a shoot despite a disruptive American star, ailing mother and adolescent daughter.
Alchemy acquired rights from Film Distribution. »
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The deal came four days after the film’s world premiere in competition at Cannes. Guy Lodge called the film “wickedly funny” in his review.
It’s the English-language debut of Greek director Lanthimos, who received critical acclaim for “Dogtooth.” The film, which also stars John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman, is a blackly funny love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transformed into animals of their choosing if they fail to find a mate within 45 days.
Farrell plays a single man who checks into a hotel to find a mate, then joins a rebel group and falls in love with Weisz’ character.
“The Lobster” was shot in Ireland the spring »
- Dave McNary and Ramin Setoodeh
Moretti penned the semi-autobiographical screenplay along with co-scribes Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced the film through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.
Dramatic but also comic pic features a powerful perf by Italo A-lister Margherita Buy as Moretti’s alter ego, a film director contending with a divorce and an ailing mother. John Turturro plays a funny primadonna-ish American actor. Moretti plays the director’s brother.
Moretti won the Cannes Palm d’Or in 2001 for bereavement drama “The Son’s Room.”
“Mia Madre” is a beautiful and hilarious film from one of the world’s great filmmakers,” enthused Alchemy’s Evp of Marketing, Brooke Ford, in a statement. “Nanni Moretti has delivered a wonderful film »
- Nick Vivarelli
Indie distributor Alchemy has just scooped up Cannes perennial Nanni Moretti's "Mia Madre" out of the competition. This semi-autobiographical seriocomedy centers on a director (Margherita Buy) who's shooting an Italian film with an unruly and famous American actor (John Turturro). Meanwhile, she's trying to keep her own life together, despite her mother's (Giulia Lazzarini) illness and daughter's (Beatrice Mancini) budding adolescence. Moretti, who also stars in the film and won the 2001 Palme d'Or for "The Son's Room," co-penned the script with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella. In 2012, he served as the Cannes jury president when Michael Haneke's "Amour" took the Palme. Read More: Indiewire's Cannes Review of "Mia Madre" Moretti produced "Mia Madre" through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema. While no release date has been set, the film has so far met acclaim and interest »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Alchemy has taken U.S. distribution rights to Nanni Moretti’s family drama Mia Madre. The film, which played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, tells the story of a female film director, Margherita (Margherita Buy) who is trying to make a movie amid chaos and craziness in her life. Some of her headaches include a teenage daughter, a formidable mother and a big-headed American film star (played by John Turturro). Pic also stars Giulia Lazzarini… »
Nanni Moretti's Cannes competition entry Mia Madre has found a North American home. Alchemy announced Tuesday that it had picked up all U.S. rights to the comedy-drama, starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Beatrice Mancini. "Mia Madre is a beautiful and hilarious film from one of the world's great filmmakers,” said Brooke Ford, Alchemy's executive vp marketing. "Nanni Moretti has delivered a wonderful film with an extraordinary performance by Margherita Buy, and we look forward to bringing it to Us audiences." Read More 'Mia Madre': Film Review The film, which had its world premiere in Cannes
- Alex Ritman
The film recently premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Moretti wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay along with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced the film through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.
“Mia Madre” centers on a director, played by Buy, who is shooting an Italian film with a famous American actor (Turturro), who’s also a disruptive blowhard and buffoon. Away from the shoot, the director tries to hold her life together, despite her mother’s illness and her daughter’s adolescence.
Jeff Deutchman, Alchemy’s vice president of acquisitions, negotiated the “Mia Madre” deal with »
- Dave McNary
“Louder Than Bombs,” Joachim Trier’s sensitively rendered family drama about the lingering aftermath of a mother’s untimely death, begins with a shot of a newborn’s hand clutching his daddy’s finger. It’s a perfect opening image for a film that largely concerns itself with the tensions that can arise between parents and children, particularly when each party is typically doomed to a partial understanding of the other at most. As it happens, it could also serve as one of the defining images for the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival (with apologies to Ingrid Bergman, whose regally disembodied head graces the poster for this year’s event), which has screened a number of pictures in which the price paid by neglectful, irresponsible or just plain ineffectual parenting turns out to be a steep one.
“They f— you up, your mom and dad,” Philip Larkin wrote, and some »
- Justin Chang
Mamma Mia: Moretti’s Continues Exploring a Death in the Family
After having won the Palme d’Or in 2001 for his film The Son’s Room, Italian director Nanni Moretti resumes with a similar motif with his latest, Mia Madre. Except, rather than a family dealing with an unexpected absence, here we have the opposite perspective, that of the grown children dealing with the inevitable death of their ailing parent. Ungainly in its structure as it examines the struggles of its lead protagonist as she handles both family and professional dilemmas, a rewarding performance from Margherita Buy tends to compensate for the film’s shortcomings.
Margherita (Buy) is in the midst of shooting a new film concerned with labor and employee relations. As she films around the American actor Barry Huggins (John Turturro) soon set to join the production, the already harried director additionally is forced to contend with her »
- Nicholas Bell
Mia Madre (My Mother)
Directed by Nanni Moretti
I went into the Mia Madre screening hoping for a witty, ironic, sensitive and emotionally substantial piece of cinema and came out thinking the Cannes selection does not pretend to be a meritocracy. Nanni Moretti is a big Cannes brand names, one of a few lucky ‘subscribers’ quasi-certain of a slot in the festival, the mediocrity of some of their fare notwithstanding. The murmur in the press queues this year has been confirming the impression that this is just the way it is, ‘once you’re in the club, you’re in for life’. One day there may well be a festival in which selection would be like blind tasting, but until then we will have to endure Nanni Moretti’s egomaniacal persona coated in a patina of fumbling false modesty.
With Mia Madre, »
★★★☆☆ "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), showing in competition 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
A two time juror, winner of Best Director for Dear Diary (1993) and Palme d’Or winner for The Son’s Room in 2001, this is Nanni Moretti’s tenth trip to the festival as a filmmaker. Averaging about two to three films per decade, Mia Madre (My Mother) appears to be both comfort food, and food for thought. Signed by Moretti, Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella, this takes the vantage point of a female protagonist with a strong affinity to its creator as there are autobiographical elements here. A third collaboration between Moretti and with Margherita Buy, it may also be their best work to date and it my also pan for one of the available prizes.
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- Eric Lavallee
Only a handful of filmmakers have ever won the Palme D'Or twice (among them: the Dardennes, Michael Haneke, and Francis Ford Coppola), and it looks like this year won't be the one that another pulls off the achievement. "Uncle Boonmee" helmer Apichatpong Weerasethakul has been relegated to Un Certain Regard with his new movie, while "Elephant" director Gus Van Sant's dreadful "Sea Of Trees" isn't going to be challenging for any prizes. That just leaves one other previous Palme-winner in Competition: Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti, who won for "The Son's Room" in 2001. Whether or not his new film, "Mia Madre," can challenge for the big prize remains to be seen, but after the relative disappointments of "The Caiman" and "We Have A Pope," it certainly serves as a return to form. Read More: Watch: First Trailer For Nanni Moretti's 'Mia Madre' Starring Margherita Buy & John Turturro The film centers. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Cannes Bible Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti most recently skewered religion with "We Have a Pope," but for his latest feature "Mia Madre" he returns to the arena of family drama for the first time since "The Son's Room." That movie dealt with a couple mourning the death of their son; this time, Moretti confronts the loss of one's mother. Very much like the film's central character, a film director bogged down by her latest film while her mother is dying, Moretti proves unable to face the situation head-on. Though no longer casting himself in a prominent leading role, Moretti has clearly made another personal work, though this time the results are decidedly mixed. "Mia Madre" follows Margherita (Margherita Buy) as she struggles through her latest project, a trite social drama about workers occupying a factory. Overcome by grief and lack of preparation when faced with her mother's deadly state, »
- Celluloid Liberation Front
Cannes veteran Nanni Moretti is back on the Croisette with his semi-autobiographical drama “Mia Madre” (My Mother), considered a return to more personal filmmaking after his prophetic panicked-pontiff pic “We Have a Pope.” It’s the Italian auteur’s third collaboration with actress Margherita Buy, who in “Mother” plays his alter ego, a director contending with an ailing mom and other crises during a shoot.
What drew you to the subject?
I made this film because I wanted to depict, without being sadistic, an important passage in people’s lives: the death of a mother. It happened to me when I was in the editing phase of “We Have a Pope.”
What’s most autobiographical about it?
The part that reflects me the most are the words John Turturro says while he’s on the (movie’s fictitious) set: “I want to get out of here and go back to reality. »
- Nick Vivarelli
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 ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
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